World Cup Qualifying - European - Play-Offs - 2nd Leg
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Sweden 2-3 Portugal

Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick ensured Portugal qualified for a fourth straight World Cup finals with a thrilling play-off win against Sweden.

Portugal led 1-0 going into the second leg and dominated before Ronaldo's angled drive deservedly put them ahead.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic levelled on the night with a free header before he lashed in a free-kick as the hosts sensed an unlikely comeback in the tie.

But two quickfire goals from Ronaldo secured Portugal's place in Brazil.

The two-legged tie was billed by many as a battle between Ronaldo and Swedish counterpart Ibrahimovic for the right to showcase their supreme talents on the greatest stage of all next summer.

And the pair failed to disappoint as they became the central figures in a remarkable second half in Stockholm, where all five goals were scored in a 29-minute burst.

Sweden knew they needed to employ a more attack-minded gameplan on home turf after Ronaldo headed in a late winner in Friday's first leg in Lisbon.

But they barely threatened in a first-half performance which lacked quality and any notable opportunities for them to wipe out Portugal's slender advantage.

Erik Hamren's side did start briskly, with Martin Olsson and Alex Kacaniklic combining well down the left on several occasions.

However, they lacked a penetrative final ball and Portugal managed to ride out the pressure before gradually growing in the game, led by Ronaldo.

After defender Bruno Alves's downward header forced Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson into a save low to his right, the ex-Manchester United player took control of the match and orchestrated every attacking move by the visitors.

He was unable to convert a trio of difficult chances, before he turned provider with a deep cross that Hugo Almeida could only head into the side-netting with the Sweden goal gaping.

Ibrahimovic was a peripheral figure for the Swedes in Lisbon, and was almost as anonymous in the first half on Tuesday.

The Paris St-Germain striker continually dropped deep to receive the ball before half-time, but found more attacking purpose in the early stages of the second half as he pushed further forward.

And his tenacious run into the Portuguese box almost instantly paid dividends. The Swedish talisman stretched to scoop the ball back from the byeline to team-mate Seb Larsson who could only poke straight at Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Within 90 seconds, Ronaldo silenced the noisy Friends Arena by latching on to Joao Moutinho's perfect throughball and smashing in an angled drive.

The opener meant Sweden needed to score three times to turn the tie around, but they were given hope when Ibrahimovic nodded in Kim Kallstrom's right-wing corner after marker Alves barely jumped to challenge.

The partisan Swedish crowd - perhaps taking heart from their team's remarkable comeback from a 4-0 deficit to draw against Group C rivals Germany in October 2012 - rediscovered their voices again when Ibrahimovic thumped in a free-kick on the edge of the Portugal area.

But their hopes were quickly dashed as Ronaldo stole the show at Ibrahimovic's expense.

The 28-year-old produced two more strikes of the highest quality - which even appeared to draw applause from the Sweden skipper.

Ronaldo first latched on to Almeida's throughball to fire beyond Isaksson before rounding the Sweden goalkeeper and blasting in - to spark wild celebrations from the Portuguese camp.

Line-ups

Sweden

  • 1Isaksson
  • 2Lustig
  • 5OlssonBooked at 54mins
  • 6ElmSubstituted forSvenssonat 45'minutesBooked at 61mins
  • 4Nilsson
  • 13AntonssonBooked at 84mins
  • 7LarssonSubstituted forGerndtat 90'minutes
  • 9KällströmBooked at 69mins
  • 10Ibrahimovic
  • 11Elmander
  • 19KacaniklicSubstituted forDurmazat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Olsson
  • 8Svensson
  • 12Wiland
  • 14Gerndt
  • 15Granqvist
  • 16Wernbloom
  • 17Bengtsson
  • 18Johansson
  • 20Toivonen
  • 21Durmaz
  • 22Zengin
  • 23Nordfeldt

Portugal

  • 12Rui Patrício
  • 21da Silva Pereira
  • 5da Silva CoentrãoSubstituted forAntunesat 52'minutes
  • 16MeirelesSubstituted forWilliam Carvalhoat 73'minutes
  • 3Pepe
  • 2Bruno Alves
  • 17Almeida da CunhaBooked at 59mins
  • 4Veloso
  • 9Pereira de AlmeidaSubstituted forMoreira da Costaat 82'minutes
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 1Dos Reis Carvalho
  • 6William Carvalho
  • 10Macedo Lopes
  • 11Almeida
  • 13Moreira da Costa
  • 14Neto
  • 15Freitas da Ressureicao
  • 18Varela
  • 19Antunes
  • 20Soares Pesqueira
  • 22Beto
  • 23Postiga
Referee:
Howard Webb

Match Stats

Home TeamSwedenAway TeamPortugal
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home9
Away17
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sweden 2, Portugal 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sweden 2, Portugal 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Mikael Lustig (Sweden).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Sweden. Conceded by Ricardo Costa.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Vitorino Antunes.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jimmy Durmaz (Sweden).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Sweden. Alexander Gerndt replaces Sebastian Larsson.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jimmy Durmaz (Sweden) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Johan Elmander (Sweden) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anders Svensson.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nani following a fast break.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kim Källström (Sweden).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Booking

    Mikael Antonsson (Sweden) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Mikael Antonsson (Sweden).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Johan Elmander (Sweden) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a headed pass.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Sweden. Jimmy Durmaz replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. Ricardo Costa replaces Hugo Almeida.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium108201841426
2Croatia10523129317
3Serbia104241811714
4Scotland10325812-411
5Wales10316920-1110
6North Macedonia10217716-97

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy106401991022
2Denmark104421712516
3Czech Rep10433139415
4Bulgaria10343149513
5Armenia104151213-113
6Malta10109528-233

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany1091036102628
2Sweden106221914520
3Austria1052320101017
4R. of Ireland104241617-114
5Kazakhstan10127621-155
6Faroe Islands10019429-251

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands109103452928
2Romania106131912719
3Hungary105232120117
4Turkey10514169716
5Estonia10217620-147
6Andorra100010030-300

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland107301761124
2Iceland105231715217
3Slovenia105051411315
4Norway103341013-312
5Albania10325911-211
6Cyprus10127415-115

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia107122051522
2Portugal106312091121
3Israel103521914514
4Azerbaijan10163711-49
5Northern Ireland10145917-87
6Luxembourg10136726-196

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bos-Herze108113062425
2Greece10811124825
3Slovakia103431110113
4Lithuania10325911-211
5Latvia102261020-108
6Liechtenstein10028425-212

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England106403142722
2Ukraine106312842421
3Montenegro104331817115
4Poland103431812613
5Moldova103251217-511
6San Marino100010154-530

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain86201431120
2France8521156917
3Finland823359-49
4Georgia8125310-75
5Belarus8116716-94
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