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Joao Moutinho set for another World Cup finals as Portugal beat North Macedonia

Wolves star Joao Moutinho was celebrating last night, after Portugal booked their place at the World Cup in Qatar.

Fernandos Santos’ side ran out 2-0 winners against North Macedonia, who had put out Italy to reach the play-off final.

It was Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes who grabbed both goals for Portugal.

He opened the scoring after exchanging passes with Cristiano Ronaldo and firing a shot past the goalkeeper.

He then volleyed home Diogo Jota’s cross in the 65th minute to carve out a comfortable lead.

It was then just a case of Portugal being professional and running down the clock.

Qualification for Qatar means it is a sixth straight finals for Portugal.

And it will be another finals for Moutinho, who made his debut in the tournament in 2014, after only making the list of back-up players in 2010.

Moutinho is still a prominent figure with the Portugal national team, and last night he started in midfield alongside Bruno Fernandes and Bernando Silva.

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He put in a typically tidy performance, completing 52/55 (95%) of his passes (via Sofascore).

He also worked hard defensively, making four tackles and three interceptions.

Moutinho is pretty much nailed on to go to Qatar given his stature. And also the role he has played in the nation’s qualifying campaign.

Other Wolves stars such as Ruben Neves, Nelson Semedo, Jose Sa and Pedro Neto will all be hoping to join him.

Joao Moutinho still going strong, as Portugal head for Qatar

Moutinho was superb once again last night in what was obviously a game of huge magnitude.

Should he get a seat on the plane as expected, then it will be a truly fantastic achievement.

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It is a true testament to what a brilliant player he has been, and still is.

He has had an amazing career, and he’ll be hoping to finish things off by finally winning the trophy.