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WATCH: Diogo Jota bags a brace as Portugal capitulate

Diogo Jota nodded in twice for Portugal but his brace wasn't enough as their second World Cup Qualifier ended in disappointment.

Diogo Jota starred for his native Portugal on Saturday night as he bagged a first-half brace against Serbia in Belgrade. 

The 23-year-old fired Fernando Santos' side into a 2-0 lead but the Serbs pegged the 2016 European Championship winners in the second half as Aleksandar Mitrovic and Filip Kostic levelled the game, with the Eintracht Frankfurt forward being teed up by Nemanja Radonijic on the hour mark.

A match embroiled in controversy as Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off the pitch upon the full-time whistle after his seemingly match-winning goal was waved away despite replays showing the ball crossing the line.

The global superstar was cautioned for his protests but left the field as the full-time whistle was blown with Ronaldo throwing the armband in his wake. 

Moments earlier Nikola Milenkovic was shown a straight red card for a dangerous lunge on Danilo. 

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The draw moves Serbia to the top of Group A overtaking Jota's Portugal on goal difference.


Elsewhere in the group, the Republic of Ireland were on the wrong end of a shock as the 98th FIFA Ranked Luxembourg picked up a famous win at the Aviva Stadium.

Liverpool's star forward Jota starred with his head and put the visitors in front after he headed into at the near post from Manchester City's Bernardo Silva cut inside and delivered a deep searching cross.

For his second goal, it was another Premier League combination as Arsenal full-back Cedric Soares found the 23-year-old whose glancing header went into the far corner.

Pass Like Thiago on Twitter posted a compilation of Jota's first half including his brace.