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Katai features for Serbia in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying defeat to Portugal

Chicago Fire midfielder Aleksandar Katai earned his eighth appearance for the Serbia Men's National Team on Saturday afternoon, entering the nation's 2020 UEFA EURO qualifying match against Portugal as a second-half substitution.

The 28-year-old was swapped on for midfielder Filip Kostic in the 83rd minute with Serbia trailing 3-1. Two minutes later, Aleksandar Mitrovic would close the Serbian deficit to one with a confident upper-90 finish past Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patrício. Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva would ultimately put the game out of reach 60 seconds later, however, adding the Portuguese fourth in a 4-2 finish.

The result pushed Portugal into second place in qualifying Group B with five points taken through three matches, while Serbia are in fourth on four points. Ukraine currently leads Group B with 13 points after five matches played.

Katai and Serbia are right back at on Tuesday, Sept. 10, when they travel to face third-place Luxembourg in a qualifier at Josy Barthel Stadium in Luxembourg City. The match is set to kickoff at 1:45 p.m. CT, with coverage on ESPN3.