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Råsundastadion (ATT 49,766) 19th November 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: H Webb

Sweden Sweden vs Portugal Portugal

Sweden (2) 2

Z Ibrahimovic (68, 72)

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Portugal (4) 3

C Ronaldo (50, 77, 79)

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Portugal claimed a 3-2 win over Sweden to send them to the World Cup finals

By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @graemebailey.   Last Updated: 20/11/13 9:26am

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a sensational hat-trick to send Portugal to the World Cup Finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brilliant hat-trick to give Portugal a 3-2 win in Sweden and send them to the World Cup finals.

Portugal brought a 1-0 lead into their second leg in Solna and after a forgettable opening 45 minutes the game came to life in spectacular fashion with Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic taking centre stage.

Ronaldo opened the scoring on 50 minutes before Ibrahimovic then claimed a quick-fire brace to give the home side real hope with Portugal only leading on away goals.

But then Ronaldo took over as he claimed two more wonderful goals in two-minutes to kill off the tie and send Portugal to the World Cup finals next summer.

Sweden had started the match well but struggled to grind out any real chances and it was Portugal who threatened with Ronaldo flashing a couple of efforts wide whilst Andreas Isaksson got down well to another chance from the Real Madrid superstar.

The best chance of the opening half came for Hugo Almeida just before the break as Ronaldo found him at the back post but the Besiktas man headed into the side-netting.

Sweden brought on veteran Anders Svensson at half-time as they looked to push on, knowing they needed a goal and they almost got it on 49 minutes.

Ibrahimovic held of Veloso before sliding the ball into the path of Seb Larsson, who toe-poked an effort at goal which Rui Patricio had to parry away.

Then within 60 seconds - Portugal were ahead as Joao Moutinho played a sublime pass into the path of Ronaldo, who took the ball to the edge of the area before firing left-footed past Isaksson.

Portugal were looking comfortable, but then Ibrahimovic gave Sweden some real hope with two-goals in four-minutes not long after the hour mark.

He levelled the scores on the night as he headed home Kim Kallstrom's corner before then smashing home a free-kick from the edge of the box.

Suddenly Portugal were rocking and Sweden thought they should have had a penalty as Kallstrom went down in the box under Joao Pereira's challenge - but instead the Swedish midfielder was booked by English referee Howard Webb and replays showed the Premier League official was spot on.

Then Ronaldo took charge and lead his side to the World Cup finals with two more pieces of brilliance.

With Sweden pressing and just 13 minutes left, Portugal broke at speed and Almeida played a great ball through to Ronaldo who again fired home with great aplomb.

Then just two minutes later, and the tie was put well and truly beyond Sweden as Ronaldo latched onto another excellent ball from Moutinho and he took it past Isaksson before firing into the roof of the net.

Ronaldo even had time to poke the ball wide for his own fourth, but that was of no consequence as he had already done the hard work as his brilliance saw Portugal to the World Cup finals next summer.


SwedenTeam StatisticsPortugal
2Goals3
01st Half Goals0
5Shots on Target5
4Shots off Target12
0Blocked Shots0
5Corners4
13Fouls14
0Offsides4
4Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
82.1Passing Success73.2
14Tackles21
71.4Tackles Success81
61.8Possession38.2
56.1Territorial Advantage43.9
514Total Passes325
33Total Crosses16
159Lost Balls139
42Recoveries69
56.51st Half Poss.43.5
65.72nd Half Poss.34.3

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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

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1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

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2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

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Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

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1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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