World Cup LIVE: Spain vs Sweden, Portugal vs Serbia and more

World Cup qualifiers LIVE: Renato Sanches fires Portugal into a second-minute lead in do-or-die clash with Serbia in bid to qualify for Qatar, while Spain must beat or draw with Sweden to reach the finals… and Ireland travel to Luxembourg

  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal must beat or draw with Serbia to qualify for Qatar 
  • Lose to the Serbians and the Euro 2016 champions would go into the play-offs
  • Spain know that a win or draw against Sweden will see them reach the World Cup
  • The Republic of Ireland also travel to Luxembourg and Greece go to Kosovo 
  • Latest World Cup news, including live action and results  

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal face a crucial World Cup qualifying clash against Serbia to round off their groups. 

The Euro 2016 winners must beat or draw with Serbia to qualify for the Qatar finals, but defeat in Lisbon would see the visitors qualify for the World Cup – leaving Ronaldo’s nation in the play-offs.

Meanwhile, Spain are in the same predicament as a victory or a draw at home to Sweden would take Luis Enrique’s side through, while Ireland travel to Luxembourg in their final qualifying clash. 

Follow Sportsmail’s JEORGE BIRD for live World Cup qualifier coverage, including build-up, updates and results with a number of enticing matches taking place.  

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Kostic finds the side-netting, with Serbia looking to take the lead. 

Serbia have a corner after Danilo heads the ball away following another Tadic free-kick.

Tadic strikes a free-kick but this time Patiricio is able to gather the ball. 

Serbia had been applying plenty of pressure, and now they’re level. Dusan Tadic goes for goal and Patiricio is unable to hold it, with the ball crossing the line. He really should have done better there.

Portugal are still going through as things stand.

Jose Fonte is called upon to clear, with Serbia continuing to push forward with regularity. 

Milenkovic sends an effort well wide for Serbia.

Tadic sends in a free-kick but it’s easily gathered by Patricio. 

Serbia have responded well to going behind, but Portugal are working hard to restrict them to few chances.

Dias is defending very well. It certainly won’t be an easy task for Portugal to hold on to their lead.

Dias makes an important intervention to clear the danger with Portugal under pressure. 

It remains goalless in all of the other games so far.

Ronaldo’s free-kick goes over. 

Now it’s Portugal’s turn to go for goal, with Ronaldo having a fierce shot saved. 

Meanwhile, Serbia’s Milenkovic is booked for a foul. 

A warning for Portugal as Vlahovic rattles the post with his initial effort and then shoots over with his second attempt. 

Kostic sends in a cross for Serbia and finds Milinkovic-Savic, who is unable to keep his header down.

Renato Sanches goes down in the area and wants a penalty after a challenge from Veljkovic but play is waved on. 

Portugal’s Joao Cancelo is booked for a late challenge. 

Vlahovic goes for goal for Serbia, but his effort is well over. 

Portugal are keeping the ball well as they look to cause further problems for Serbia.

The goal is allowed to stand and Serbia boss Dragan Stojkovic is booked for his complaints.

It’s the perfect start for Portugal as Renato Sanches opens the scoring after just two minutes. Serbia claims there was a push on Gudelj from Bernardo Silva in the build-up.

The game is underway in Lisbon.

Serbia striker Dusan Vlahovic, who plays for Fiorentina, has been linked with a possible move to the Premier League. It will be interesting to see how he performs tonight. 

Now it’s the Portugal national anthem, which is sung by a large crowd. 

It’s time for the Serbia national anthem.

In addition to the hosts Qatar, six other nations have already secured their place at next year’s World Cup:

Germany, Denmark, Brazil, France, Belgium and Croatia. 

Muric, Vojvoda, Rrahmani, Fazliji, Aliti, Idrizi, Shala, Loshaj, Berisha, Rashica, Muriqi.

Subs: Ujkani, Kastrati, Kryeziu, Halimi, Selmani, Bekaj, David Domgjoni, Toni Domgjoni, Zhegrova.

Vlachodimos, Androutsos, Hatzidiakos, Goutas, Tzavellas, Pelkas, Bouchalakis, Tsimikas, Masouras, Douvikas, Mantalos

Subs: Saliakas, Giannoulis, Alexandropoulos, Tzolois, Kyriakopoulos, Paschalakis, Athanasiadis, Pavlidis, Limnios, Vrousal, Mitroglou. 

Bazunu, Coleman, Duffy, Egan, Doherty, Cullen, Hendrick, Robinson, Ogbene, McClean, Idah

Subs: Stevens, Hourihane, Collins, Browne, Parrott, Kelleher, Knight, McGrath, Keane, O’Dowda, Omabamidele, Travers.

Schon, Jans, Chanot, Pereira, Pinto, O. Thill, Selimovic, Barreiro Martins, Sinani, Rodrigues, Borges Sanches

Subs: Bohnert, Pimentel, Veiga, Kips, Deville, Skenderovic, Olesen, S. Thill, Omosanya, Martin.

Olsen, Krafth, Nilsson, Lindelof, Augustinsson, Kulusevski, Ekdal, K. Olsson, Forsberg, Isak, Claesson

Subs: Milosevic, M. Olsson, Ibrahimovic, Dahlberg, Lewicki, Sundgren, Eriksson, Karlsson, Cajuste, Svanberg, Quaison, Nordfeldt. 

Simon, Azpilicueta, Laporte, Torres, Alba, Gavi, Busquets, Soler, Sarabia, De Tomas, Olmo

Subs: De Gea, Diaz, Llorente, Morata, Koke, Mendez, Sanchez, Gaya, Rodri, Merino, Rodrigo, Carvajal. 

Rajkovic, Veljkovic, Milenkovic, Pavlovic, Zivkovic, Milinkovic-Savic, Gudelj, Lukic, Kostic, Tadic, Vlahovic

Subs: Dimitrovic, Mladenovic, Terzic, Maksimovic, Radonjic, A. Mitrovic, Jovic, S. Mitrovic, Spajic, Racic, Grujic, Milinkovic-Savic.

Portugal team: Rui Patricio, Cancelo, Fonte, Dias, Mendes, Sanches, Danilo, Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, Ronaldo, Jota

Subs: Semedo, Dalot, Andre Silva, Fernandes, Sa, Leao, Guedes, Neves, Palhinha, Costa, Sequeira.

In Group A, Portugal must avoid defeat against Serbia in order to progress.

Republic of Ireland face Luxembourg away, with both teams already eliminated.

Meanwhile, in Group B Spain find themselves in a similar predicament as they take on Sweden.

Greece are up against Kosovo but both sides are out. 

Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup qualifiers. We’ll provide you with updates from four games as qualification draws to a close for some teams. 

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