The Seleccao succumbed to a late Eden Ben Basat goal, meaning that a draw for Russia in Azerbaijan on Tuesday will be enough to see them clinch top spot in Group F after they beat Luxembourg 4-0.
While Portugal can still mathematically snatch the automatic spot, Ronaldo conceded his side are almost certain to be facing a play-off. “It’s not a drama to be in the play-offs,” he told A Bola. “It’s become normal, it’s not a surprise because that’s what has happened to us in recent years.
(Automatic qualification) is mathematically possible but not up to us. We must be content to play the play-off. Hopefully, we’ll now get a bit of luck and not get a complicated team. The only team I wouldn’t like to face is France.” — Goal.com