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Portugal came into this weekend knowing that they really needed to start winning qualifying matches if they wanted to find themselves in the 2014 World Cup. They had, after all, struggled in some of their opening games—dropping fixtures they were expected to win—and were giving up a big lead to Russia.
Well, that lead simply extended itself after this weekend.
Cristiano Ronaldo's men were incredibly lucky to finish with a 3-3 draw on the night against Israel after being completely outplayed by their opponents.
Yet, even still, the 3-3 draw was not what they would have envisaged coming into this weekend. And while there are still several qualifying matches to come, the four-point lead currently being given to Russia makes for a very fascinating storyline to watch over the next few months.
Portugal could very well be out of the World Cup in 2014.