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Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream — how to watch World Cup qualifier online

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Elif Elmas of North Macedonia could both feature in the Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream
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The Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream will see Premier League superstars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Jota look to book their place at the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Standing in the way of a Portugal team stacked with talent is a North Macedonia side who have already proved themselves capable of an upset. 

Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream live stream, date, time, channels

The Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream live stream takes place today (Tuesday, March 29).
Time: 7.45 p.m. GMT / 2.45 p.m. ET / 11.45 a.m. PT
• U.K. — Watch on Sky Sports (opens in new tab) or Now (opens in new tab)
• U.S. — Watch on ESPN 2 via Sling (opens in new tab) or on TUDN via Fubo.TV (opens in new tab)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

Portugal squeaked through their World Cup play-off semi-final against Turkey. First-half goals from Otavio and Jota put them firmly in the driver's seat, but the second period was extremely dicey after Burak Yilmaz pulled one back for Turkey and then missed a golden opportunity to equalize from the spot. A goal in stoppage time from Mathues Nunes added some gloss to the final score, but Portugal had to work to earn their place in this World Cup play-off final. 

The Euro 2016 winners have not failed to qualify for a World Cup since 1998, and will be confident they can book their place at Qatar 2022. They've scored in their last 19 World Cup qualifiers on home soil, which should be seen as a good omen, and captain Cristiano Ronaldo has called it the “game of our lives” — so there's no chance they'll go into it underprepared. 

Portugal are clear favorites to win this match, but North Macedonia have already flipped the script in this World Cup qualification play off once before, defeating the current European Champions Italy last week with a 92nd-minute strike from Aleksandar Trajkovski. The unexpected result sent the footballing world into a frenzy and has surely already been written into North Macedonian sporting folklore. 

However, it wasn't a fluke result. While North Macedonia did ride their luck and benefited from Italy being incredibly wasteful in front of goal, they had a clear gameplan and frustrated the Azzurri. North Macedonia have now won their last three World Cup qualifiers in a row and have only conceded a single goal in those games. They reached the Euro finals last year and have now reached this World Cup play-off final on merit — so they'll truly believe they can cause another upset. 

Here's how they line up:

Portugal: Costa, Joao Cancelo, Danilo Pereira, Pepe, Nuno Mendes, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Moutinho, Otavio, Ronaldo, Jota, Bernardo Silva.

Subs: Leao, William Carvalho, Rui Patricio, Andre Silva, Jose Sa, Goncalo Guedes, Joao Felix, Fonte, Guerreiro, Cedric, Vitinha, Matheus Luiz.

North Macedonia: Dimitrievski, Stefan Ristovski, Musliu, Velkovski, Alioski, Elmas, Bardhi, Ademi, Trajkovski, Milan Ristovski, Kostadinov.

Subs: Todoroski, Miovski, Naumovski, Churlinov, Spirovski, Serafimov, Dorian Babunski, Nikolov, David Babunski, Siskovski, Ristevski, Askovski.

The winner of this match will officially confirm their place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Who will book their spot at the biggest tournament in football? Find out by watching the Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream, and we will show you how to do that below.

Plus, don't forget to also find out how to watch the Poland vs Sweden live stream to see which other European nation qualifies today.   

How to watch the Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream from anywhere

The Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream will be shown on many different channels across the world, but what if you're not in your home country and want to watch it on your usual service?

The answer is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN will let you tune into your home coverage from wherever you are — meaning that if you're abroad, you can use one of the best VPN services to watch the games live as if you were in your lounge.

Our favorite right now is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could check it out without having to sign up long term.

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Speed, security and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) our favorite VPN service. In our testing, we were impressed by its fast connection times and by its ability to access more than 3,000 services in 160 locations across 94 countries. A 30-day money-back guarantee is another bonus.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.K. and want to view a U.S. service, you'd select U.S. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to the service of your choice and watch the game.

How to watch the Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream in the US

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Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch the Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream on ESPN 2 and TUDN. 

There are several ways you can access ESPN — and two of them are among our picks for the best streaming services

ESPN is available through most cable packages as well as cable TV replacement services, including Sling TV, Fubo.TV, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV.  

As well as being available through your cable service, you can also stream the game via the ESPN app, or on the Watch section of ESPN's website. However, you'll need to authenticate with your satellite, cable or live TV provider credentials to watch any sessions. Either way, the game starts at 2.45 p.m. ET / 11.45 a.m. PT.

If you want to watch on the Spanish-language TUDN and you've already cut the cord, you could try Fubo.TV. This costs $65 per month, but you get 117+ channels, including TUDN.

If you're usually based in the U.K. and have a Sky Sports or Now subscription, but you're in the U.S. at the moment, you can watch the Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) to access your usual services.

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If you're not already a Sling TV (opens in new tab) subscriber, you'll want Sling Orange in order to watch ESPN. This includes dozens of other great channels and usually costs $35/month, however right now you can get $10 off the first month.

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Love sports? Then check out Fubo.TV (opens in new tab). It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front. The channel lineup includes ESPN2, plus other top networks including Bravo, FX and MTV.

How to watch the Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream in the UK

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Sky Sports (opens in new tab) has the Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream in the U.K., so if you already have a Sky subscription that doesn't include Sports, you'll need to pay £25/month to add those channels. 

Whichever package you go for, you'll also gain access to coverage in 4K and HDR, so long as you also have an HDR-ready Sky Q box and HLG-compatible TV.

If you don't want to shell out for a full Sky sub, you could also consider its Now Sports streaming service. This gives you 24-hour access for £9.99 or month-long access for £33.99 but once again, Sky is currently offering a great deal here: you can sign up for six months of access for just £25/month right now (opens in new tab). Now Sports is available on virtually every streaming device out there and is a great option if you don't already have Sky. 

All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K., you can still follow the Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

How to watch the Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream in Australia

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Aussies can watch the Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream on Optus Sport (opens in new tab), which can be accessed via a dedicated mobile or tablet app, and also on Chromecast and Apple TV. Optus costs a very reasonable $14.99 AUD per month, and there's also an Annual Pass for $139 AUD/year; a current offer knocks that back to a bargain $99 AUD.

What's more, Optus has the rights to all 380 Premier League games this season, so you can sign up for Portugal vs North Macedonia and stay for the EPL.

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN to watch all the action on your Optus account, as if you were back home.

How to watch the Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream in New Zealand

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Kiwis can access the Portugal vs North Macedonia stream on Sky Sport NZ (opens in new tab) or via BeIn Sports Connect (opens in new tab) if you have the Sky Sport package.

Not at home in New Zealand right now? You can still follow every game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

How to watch the Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream in Canada

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The Portugal vs North Macedonia live stream will be shown on TLN (opens in new tab) in Canada. The network has been showing a selection of European World Cup qualifiers over the past few months, and this match has been chosen for broadcast. 

Not at home in the Great White North right now? You can still follow the game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

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Rory Mellon
Deals Editor

Rory is a Deals Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on deals, gaming and streaming. When he’s not scouring retailers for PS5 restock or writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found attending music festivals and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.