World Cup play-offs: Ronaldo 1, Ibra 0

World Cup play-offs: Ronaldo 1, Ibra 0


PORTUGAL 1 (Cristiano Ronaldo 82)


They billed it as the clash of the two brilliant gems.

But only one came out to play.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal's greatest hope, lived up to his billing by scoring the only goal of the game to give his team a 1-0 win over Sweden in Lisbon Saturday morning (Singapore time).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was left to lick his wounds after a disappointing performance which left his team with plenty to do to reach next year's World Cup in Brazil.

It didn't always look that way.

For all of Portugal's domination, they couldn't find the breakthrough until late on.

The chances flowed for the hosts, who commanded 68 per cent of possession.

Joao Moutinho rounded goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson in a crowded Sweden penalty box after just five minutes, but could only direct his shot at the side netting.

Pepe found himself in space but could do no better than head straight at Isaksson.

Helder Postiga went missing for much of the game. On the one occasion he could make a mark, he headed over the bar in the second half.

Moutinho and Raul Meireles controlled the middle of the park but couldn't quite find an edge in the attacking third.

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