Portuguese fans scramble for World Cup qualifier tickets

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Soccer Football – Europa League – Round of 16 First Leg – FC Porto v Olympique Lyonnais – Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal – March 9, 2022 General view inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

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PORTO, March 27 (Reuters) – All 50,000 tickets for Tuesday’s decisive World Cup qualifier between Portugal and North Macedonia at Porto’s Dragao stadium sold out within hours as fans desperate to see their side try to win a place in this year’s world tournament.

Large queues formed at the stadium ticket offices and at a major supermarket chain across the country and many fans were disappointed that they could not get tickets for 10-15 euros.

They now sell for up to 200 euros on the black market.

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“It’s the fans who help us win the UEFA Nations League,” Portuguese striker Bernardo Silva told a press conference on Sunday.

“It’s amazing the atmosphere we encounter every time we play in front of our fans, it’s overwhelming in a good way, a plus for sure. On Thursday, they were instrumental in our win over Turkey and I expect the same.” against North Macedonia.”

Tickets sold out quickly even though fans were deprived of a much-anticipated clash between Europe’s last two champions when Italy suffered a shock home defeat to North Macedonia.

“The biggest pressure for us comes not from the rival, but from our responsibility to be in Qatar this year,” Bernardo said.

“It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, we have that pressure and we welcome that. It would be the same against Italy, North Macedonia or anybody else. We know we have to be in Qatar. C That’s our mantra, that’s our goal.”

North Macedonia is due to arrive in Portugal on Monday.

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Reporting by Fernando Kallas, editing by Ed Osmond

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