Play-off for Final Tournament, First leg - 15/11/2013 - 20:45CET (19:45 local time) - Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica - Lisbon
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Ronaldo edges Portugal ahead of dogged Sweden

Published: Friday 15 November 2013, 23.43CET
Portugal 1-0 Sweden
Cristiano Ronaldo swooped at the back post eight minutes from time to earn Portugal a narrow advantage in their 2014 FIFA World Cup play-off.
by Pedro Marques
Ronaldo edges Portugal ahead of dogged Sweden
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Miguel Veloso after scoring the only goal in Lisbon ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

PortugalSweden

Goals scored1
 
0
Total attempts12
 
6
Attempts on target3
 
1
off target9
 
4
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners14
 
4
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
7

Standings

Published: Friday 15 November 2013, 23.43CET

Ronaldo edges Portugal ahead of dogged Sweden

Portugal 1-0 Sweden
Cristiano Ronaldo swooped at the back post eight minutes from time to earn Portugal a narrow advantage in their 2014 FIFA World Cup play-off.

Paulo Bento's team will take a narrow lead into the second leg of their FIFA World Cup play-off on Tuesday after Cristiano Ronaldo's header eight minutes from time broke Sweden's resolve in Lisbon.

Portugal had never previously beaten Sweden at home but chose an important time to break that duck after a game that both sides had chances to win. The difference was that Ronaldo took his – diving to meet Miguel Veloso's exquisite cross with a header. He almost made it 2-0 late on, rattling the crossbar with another header as Sweden kept their hopes alive ahead of the Solna rematch.

The hosts started well, pushing Sweden deep into their own half, and the first big opportunity came with only five minutes on the clock. A good attacking move ended with João Moutinho rounding Andreas Isaksson, but hitting the wrong side of the net with his shot. Sweden responded quickly and Johan Elmander's volley at full stretch went agonisingly wide.

Portugal's intensity dipped and slowly but surely the visitors took the initiative. Rui Patrício was forced into action to stop a dangerous drive from Sebastian Larsson and a few minutes later Kim Källström was a whisker away with a vicious free-kick. The home team, though, rallied before the break and it proved a sign of things to come.

Portugal regained control after the interval and so nearly broke the deadlock in a desperate goalmouth scramble yet Sweden somehow cleared their lines. Bento's men continued to apply the pressure, with the Scandinavian side struggling for relief even on the counter, and Hélder Postiga headed narrowly wide after the hour. Nani, too, threatened but fired straight at Isaksson.

The fans' expectancy levels rose as a goal appeared imminent – and it duly arrived. Veloso was the creator, working space on the left to send in an arcing cross that Ronaldo, escaping the attentions of Martin Olsson, forced in. The Real Madrid CF forward then came close to doubling the advantage but the woodwork denied him and a tense sequel looms on Tuesday.

Last updated: 16/11/13 0.11CET

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Lineup

Portugal

Portugal

Sweden

Sweden

12Rui Patrício (GK)1Andreas Isaksson (GK)
2Bruno Alves2Mikael Lustig
3Pepe4Per Nilsson
4Miguel Veloso5Martin Olsson
5Fábio Coentrão6Rasmus Elm
Substitution72
7Cristiano Ronaldo (C)
Yellow Card77
Goal82
7Sebastian Larsson
Yellow Card72
8João Moutinho9Kim Källström
Substitution78
16Raul Meireles
Substitution78
10Zlatan Ibrahimović (C)
17Nani11Johan Elmander
Yellow Card77
Substitution88
21João Pereira
Yellow Card43
13Mikael Antonsson
23Hélder Postiga
Substitution66
19Alexander Kacaniklic

Substitutes

22Beto (GK)12Johan Wiland (GK)
1Eduardo (GK)23Kristoffer Nordfeldt (GK)
6William Carvalho3Jonas Olsson
9Hugo Almeida
Substitution66
8Anders Svensson
Substitution78
10Éder14Alexander Gerndt
Substitution88
11Bruma15Andreas Granqvist
13Ricardo Costa16Pontus Wernbloom
Substitution72
14Luís Neto17Pierre Bengtsson
15André Almeida18Adam Johansson
18Silvestre Varela20Ola Toivonen
19Antunes21Jimmy Durmaz
20Josué
Substitution78
22Erkan Zengin

Coach

Paulo Bento (POR) Erik Hamrén (SWE)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Renato Faverani (ITA), Andrea Stefani (ITA)

Fourth official

Luca Banti (ITA)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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