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Fernando Santos Immediately Lit A Cigarette After Portugal's World Cup Qualifier Win Over Turkey

Josh Lawless

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Fernando Santos Immediately Lit A Cigarette After Portugal's World Cup Qualifier Win Over Turkey

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Portugal manager Fernando Santos celebrated his side's World Cup qualifying win by lighting a cigarette.

The Euro 2016 winners beat Turkey 3-1 at the Estadio do Dragao, with Otavio, Diogo Jota and Matheus Nunes on target to set up a World Cup play-off final with North Macedonia next Tuesday.

It wasn't a plain-sailing one though as Burak Yilmaz pulled one back in the 65th minute to make it 2-1, before ballooning a 85th penalty over the bar when presented with the chance to level matters.

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It was in stoppage time when Nunes sealed the win and Santo and his team could breathe a sigh of relief.

And then straight after the final whistle, the 67-year-old celebrated by having a smoke.


Santos gave off some serious Maurizio Sarri vibes. The Italian coach, currently in charge of Lazio, is believed to average around three to four packets of cigarettes a day and ended up resorting to chewing on them during his time at Chelsea.

Looking ahead to the crunch clash next week, Santos told reporters: "We need to show the same respect to North Macedonia that we would to Italy.

"I told you before we could be playing them, those games are not a joke, it's like a final and anything can happen.

"You have to face it with the focus and concentration that it deserves. A team that goes to Italy and beats the European champions doesn't need introductions."

Topics: Turkey, Portugal, World Cup

Josh Lawless
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