What to watch for in Friday's European Qualifiers

A rampant Cristiano Ronaldo is on a goalscoring mission for Portugal, resurgent Sweden have France in their sights and Bosnia and Herzegovina are out to steal Greece's thunder.

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Latvia welcome all-conquering Ronaldo
Portugal started their preparations for their game against Latvia – and the subsequent FIFA Confederations Cup – with a 4-0 friendly win against Cyprus on the day that their captain Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final.

"We were all rooting for him," said Nani. "After winning another trophy, he has come to us on a high and eager to help our team." Ronaldo is also eager to add to his record collection. Top of the European Qualifiers scorers' rankings with nine goals, the record of 13 – shared by David Healy and Robert Lewandowski – is in sight.
Latvia v Portugal, 20:45CET

Other games in Group B
Faroe Islands v Switzerland, 20:45CET
Andorra v Hungary, 20:45CET

Emil Forsberg scored in Paris in November
Emil Forsberg scored in Paris in November©AFP/Getty Images

Forsberg exhorts Sweden to foil France
Emil Forsberg gave Sweden the lead when they met the Group A leaders in Paris, only for France to hit back to win 2-1. The 25-year-old topped the Bundesliga assists rankings with Leipzig this season, and – with Sweden in search of new leaders following Zlatan Ibrahimović's international retirement – his role is a key one.

"I don't mind the responsibilty – I enjoy it, " he said, as Sweden aspire to join France on 13 points. "We've all had to take on more responsibility. We lost [against France in Paris], but our collective effort was very good. That will be equally important this time."
Sweden v France, 20:45CET

Other games in Group A
Netherlands v Luxembourg, 20:45CET
Belarus v Bulgaria, 20:45CET

Edin Džeko leads the Bosnians in training
Edin Džeko leads the Bosnians in training©Fedja Krvavac

Bosnians keyed up for Greece encounter
Third hosts second in Group H in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina are eager for some recompense after a late, late goal denied them a win in the sides' November meeting in Athens.

New Arsenal signing Sead Kolasinač is suspended, but coach Mehmed Baždarević is feeling optimistic, saying: "The players are doing very well; they have the will and desire to win. Although we have had minor problems, we have enough class to play well and get a good result, with our supporters' help." Fans are certainly buying into Baždarević's ethos; some camped out to buy tickets when they went on sale, and they sold out two weeks ago.
Bosnia and Herzegovina v Greece, 20:45CET

Other games in Group H
Estonia v Belgium
Gibraltar v Cyprus

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