Cristiano Ronaldo broke Sweden's resistance late in the game to give Portugal the advantage in their World Cup play-off tie in Lisbon.

The Real Madrid forward got the decisive goal when he stooped low to head in Miguel Veloso's superb cross.

Up until then they were frustrated by a disciplined Sweden side, who went close through Johan Elmander, Sebastian Larsson and Kim Kallstrom.

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Cristiano Ronaldo heads in against Sweden

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The second leg will take place at Solna's Friends Arena on Tuesday.

That promises to be another fascinating contest between two sides, with the impetus now on Sweden to attack, having set their stall out to defend for long periods during the first leg.

They did, however, create the better chances in the opening 45 minutes despite Portugal enjoying 67% of the possession.

With Paris St-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic given special attention by Portugal's defence, his attack-minded team-mates found themselves with more space than they should have been afforded.

Norwich's on-loan forward Elmander was first to cause nerves in the home support when he stretched to send Mikael Lustig's right-wing cross inches past the post.

Erik Hamren's men then created two great chances in the space of two minutes. Sunderland's Larsson surged forward from midfield to strike a low shot that Rui Patricio dived to his left to divert, before Kallstrom, winning his 107th cap, smashed an 18-yard free-kick that brushed Portugal's upright.

Zero Zlatan

Ibrahimovic failed to register a single touch in the opposite box against Portugal

The home side's best chance of the half came in the first five minutes when Ronaldo and Raul Meireles combined before feeding Joao Moutinho, who drifted round keeper Andreas Isaksson before firing into the side-netting.

Portugal's frustrations continued after the break as Sweden sat deeper, while their coach Paulo Bento probably would have been left exasperated by some of the awful attempted deliveries into the area.

But with eight minutes left one cross led to something greater when Dynamo Kiev's Veloso's fantastic delivery found Ronaldo, who threw himself at the ball to give Portugal the lead.

Moments later, the Real Madrid marksman almost scored his 30th of the season, but saw his header bounce back off the crossbar.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will have to be more influential in the second leg for Sweden to reach Brazil

Sweden offered little as an attacking threat after the break, with Ibrahimovic failing to trouble Patricio and his defence. The skipper will have to show the sort of form he has produced for Paris St-Germain this season on Tuesday if Sweden are to stand a chance of going to Brazil.

"We would have been very happy with a draw," Sweden coach Erik Hamren said.

"We played a good game defensively - the goal was unnecessary, we were careless with that cross."

Bento added: "We created a great early chance and Sweden hit back. But in the second half it was one way for us.

"It was an important step to reach the World Cup but not yet decisive."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Portugal

  • 12 Patricio
  • 21 João Pereira Booked
  • 05 Fábio Coentrão
  • 04 Miguel Veloso
  • 03 Pepe
  • 02 Bruno Alves
  • 16 Meireles (Josué - 78' )
  • 08 João Moutinho
  • 23 Postiga (Hugo Almeida - 66' )
  • 17 Nani
  • 07 Ronaldo Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Eduardo
  • 06 Carvalho
  • 09 Hugo Almeida
  • 10 Éder
  • 11 Na Bangna
  • 13 Ricardo Costa
  • 14 Neto
  • 15 Almeida
  • 18 Varela
  • 19 Antunes
  • 20 Josué
  • 22 Beto

Sweden

  • 01 Isaksson
  • 02 Lustig
  • 05 Olsson
  • 06 Elm (Wernbloom - 72' )
  • 04 Nilsson
  • 13 Antonsson
  • 07 Larsson Booked
  • 09 Källström (Svensson - 77' )
  • 10 Ibrahimovic
  • 11 Elmander Booked (Gerndt - 88' )
  • 19 Kacaniklic

Substitutes

  • 03 Olsson
  • 08 Svensson
  • 12 Wiland
  • 14 Gerndt
  • 15 Granqvist
  • 16 Wernbloom
  • 17 Bengtsson
  • 18 Johansson
  • 20 Toivonen
  • 21 Durmaz
  • 22 Zengin
  • 23 Nordfeldt
Ref: Nicola Rizzoli

Match Stats

Shots

19 6

On target

3 2

Corners

14 4

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Portugal 1, Sweden 0.

90:00 +3:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Portugal 1, Sweden 0.

89:22

Offside, Sweden. Sebastian Larsson tries a through ball, but Alexander Gerndt is caught offside.

88:50

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho.

88:01

Pepe (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:01

Foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden).

87:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sweden. Alexander Gerndt replaces Johan Elmander.

87:18

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).

87:18

Pontus Wernbloom (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:51

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

85:26

Attempt missed. Josué (Portugal) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

84:58

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Hugo Almeida with a cross.

84:18

Offside, Sweden. Pontus Wernbloom tries a through ball, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is caught offside.

81:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Portugal 1, Sweden 0. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Miguel Veloso with a cross.

80:46

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Anders Svensson.

80:41

Attempt blocked. Nani (Portugal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

78:50

Corner, Sweden. Conceded by Nani.

78:11

Corner, Sweden. Conceded by Miguel Veloso.

77:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portugal. Josué replaces Raul Meireles.

77:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

77:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sweden. Anders Svensson replaces Kim Källström.

76:57 Booking

Booking Johan Elmander (Sweden) is shown the yellow card.

76:55

Delay in match Andreas Isaksson (Sweden) because of an injury.

75:55 Booking

Booking Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75:46

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).

75:46

Andreas Isaksson (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:29

Offside, Portugal. Raul Meireles tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

74:28

Attempt missed. Raul Meireles (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

73:51

João Pereira (Portugal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:51

Foul by Pontus Wernbloom (Sweden).

71:34

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho.

71:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sweden. Pontus Wernbloom replaces Rasmus Elm.

70:43 Booking

Booking Sebastian Larsson (Sweden) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:33

Fábio Coentrão (Portugal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

70:33

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sweden).

68:01

Attempt saved. Nani (Portugal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Pereira.

66:38

Foul by Bruno Alves (Portugal).

66:38

Rasmus Elm (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:13

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Per Nilsson.

65:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portugal. Hugo Almeida replaces Helder Postiga.

62:14

Attempt missed. Helder Postiga (Portugal) header from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner.

61:49

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Mikael Antonsson.

60:44

Attempt missed. Raul Meireles (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Fábio Coentrão.

57:21

Offside, Portugal. João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Raul Meireles is caught offside.

57:20

Attempt blocked. João Moutinho (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

56:55

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

55:42

Hand ball by Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).

52:02

Foul by João Moutinho (Portugal).

52:02

Kim Källström (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:15

Helder Postiga (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:15

Foul by Mikael Antonsson (Sweden).

49:26

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Pepe.

48:42

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Alexander Kacaniklic.

47:38

Attempt missed. Helder Postiga (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nani.

46:33

Pepe (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:33

Foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden).

45:00

Second Half begins Portugal 0, Sweden 0.

45:00 +0:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Portugal 0, Sweden 0.

44:43

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

44:05

Attempt saved. Pepe (Portugal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross.

43:32

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

42:36

Attempt missed. Sebastian Larsson (Sweden) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

41:45 Booking

Booking João Pereira (Portugal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:44

Foul by João Pereira (Portugal).

41:44

Alexander Kacaniklic (Sweden) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:56

Foul by Helder Postiga (Portugal).

40:56

Andreas Isaksson (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:18

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Mikael Antonsson.

38:37

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Miguel Veloso with a cross following a corner.

38:08

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Sebastian Larsson.

36:07

Foul by Miguel Veloso (Portugal).

36:07

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:26

Foul by João Pereira (Portugal).

32:26

Martin Olsson (Sweden) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:48

Attempt missed. Raul Meireles (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

31:17

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Sebastian Larsson.

27:20

Pepe (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:20

Foul by Johan Elmander (Sweden).

25:46

Miguel Veloso (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:46

Foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden).

24:57

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Per Nilsson.

24:20

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

23:49

Offside, Sweden. Kim Källström tries a through ball, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is caught offside.

23:15

Attempt saved. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

21:36

Attempt missed. Kim Källström (Sweden) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

20:30

Foul by Helder Postiga (Portugal).

20:30

Per Nilsson (Sweden) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:45

Corner, Sweden. Conceded by Rui Patricio.

19:43

Attempt saved. Sebastian Larsson (Sweden) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Johan Elmander with a cross.

17:41

Attempt missed. Miguel Veloso (Portugal) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

17:12

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Mikael Antonsson.

16:09

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).

16:09

Martin Olsson (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:49

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

15:04

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:04

Foul by Rasmus Elm (Sweden).

13:01

Bruno Alves (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:01

Foul by Rasmus Elm (Sweden).

11:47

Foul by João Moutinho (Portugal).

11:47

Sebastian Larsson (Sweden) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:41

Offside, Portugal. Raul Meireles tries a through ball, but João Pereira is caught offside.

9:00

Fábio Coentrão (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:00

Foul by Johan Elmander (Sweden).

8:11

João Moutinho (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:11

Foul by Kim Källström (Sweden).

6:56

Corner, Sweden. Conceded by Raul Meireles.

6:54

Attempt blocked. Rasmus Elm (Sweden) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

5:49

Attempt missed. Johan Elmander (Sweden) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mikael Lustig with a cross.

4:45

Attempt missed. João Moutinho (Portugal) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Raul Meireles with a through ball.

2:07

Fábio Coentrão (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:07

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sweden).

1:55

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:55

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sweden).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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