Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica - Lisbon 15/11/2013 - 20:45CET (19:45 local time)

Play-off for Final Tournament, First leg

Portugal - Sweden
1-0
 

Portugal - Sweden 1-0 - 15/11/2013 - Match page - FIFA World Cup 2014

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Ronaldo edges Portugal ahead of dogged Sweden

Published: Friday 15 November 2013, 23.00CET
Ronaldo edges Portugal ahead of dogged Sweden
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Miguel Veloso after scoring the only goal in Lisbon ©AFP/Getty Images

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.

Match statistics

Portugal
Sweden

1

Goals scored

0

12

Total attempts

6

3

Attempts on target

1

9

off target

4

3

blocked

1

1

against woodwork

0

14

Corners

4

2

Offsides

1

2

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

10

Fouls committed

12

12

Fouls suffered

7

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
  • Substitution
    88
    Gerndt (in) - Elmander (out) (Sweden)
  • Goal
    82
    Ronaldo (Portugal) scores!
  • Substitution
    78
    Josué (in) - Raul Meireles (out) (Portugal)
  • Substitution
    78
    A. Svensson (in) - Källström (out) (Sweden)

See also

  • Portugal

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Sweden, 19 November 2013, 2-3
  • Sweden

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Portugal, 19 November 2013, 2-3
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