Sweden 2-4 Portugal. Ronaldo Plays down Hattrick heroics, carries Portugal To World Cup in Style

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brilliant hat-trick as Portugal survived a second-half scare to qualify for their fourth straight World Cup finals with a 3-2 play-off second leg win against Sweden on Tuesday to qualify 4-2 on aggregate.

The Real Madrid superstar scored all four on his side’s goals including the first-leg winner as he overcame an equally brilliant display from Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a classic encounter at Solna.

Ibrahimovic scored both goals for Sweden in vain as the match featured five goals in 29 minutes of second-half madness.

Ronaldo also equals Portugal’s all-time leading score in taking his tally to 47, level with retired forward Pedro Pauleta.

“A player who scores a hat-trick in a game of this dimension of course that has an effect that is very influential on the final result,” coach Paulo Bento told Portuguese radio RTP in reference to Ronaldo’s heroics.

“In the second half we demonstrated that we play better when we’re more in trouble than with the advantage, and we were more at ease.

“After leading 1-0, we lost our way in some situations and we gave away two goals from set-pieces.

“But we had a great reaction and the victory is entirely fair. At 2-2 things became more relaxed and the third goal resolved the match.

“It seems fair to me that we got the victory and qualified after what we have done over the two matches.” continued Bento.

With Portugal leading 1-0 after the first-leg and the match scoreless at half-time, Ronaldo turned the game on its head five minutes after the restart when he latched onto a glorious through ball from Joao Moutinho and guided a left-foot shot past the despairing Andreas Isaksson.

The counter-attack that begun inside the Portuguese penalty area, took just two touches to send the former Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United striker free on a break that went the length of the pitch.

Sweden were left facing the daunting prospect of scoring three times in 40 minutes and roused the crowd into a frenzy when Ibrahimovic headed home Kim Kallstrom’s corner with 22 minutes remaining.

The packed crowd at the Friends Arena were given further hope four minutes later when English referee Howard Webb correctly awarded a free-kick to Sweden just outside the area which Ibrahimovic drilled low past Rui Patricio.

With a wave of yellow shirts bombarding the Portuguese defence, Ronaldo again came to the rescue with two goals in two minutes, both of them clinical finishes after breaking behind the defence.

Hugo Almeida set up Portugal’s third goal which took the sting out of the crowd before another perfect pass from Moutinho enabled Ronaldo to round Isaksson before smashing the ball in off the underside of the bar.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Congrats Portugal & Ronaldo, here’s his Interview:

“We were punished on the counter-attack after losing the ball,” bemoaned Ibrahimovic.

“Their quality was only on the counter but we played a good match. It’s probably my last attempt to qualify for the World Cup because by the time of the next competition, I probably won’t be playing for the national team,” continued the Swede.

“One thing is sure, a World Cup without me is something I won’t be following. All my congratulations to Portugal, but the two teams deserved to go to the World Cup.

SWEDEN vs PORTUGAL – MATCH STATISTICS

 

Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up and proved his class when it mattered the most. With lot of talks about who should win the Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo might have just settled the debate with his performance last night. The Real Madrid striker scored all the four goals for Portugal in this tie and has almost single-handedly taken Portugal through to Brazil. Now the big stage awaits this Portuguese genius.

Here are the Match Pictures:
Fortsätt läsa Sweden 2-4 Portugal. Ronaldo Plays down Hattrick heroics, carries Portugal To World Cup in Style

Video: Cristiano Ronaldo Amazing Header Goal vs Sweden (Nov 15, 2013)

Cristiano Ronaldo scored an amazing late diving header in the 82nd min to give portugal a precious goal lead in the race for Brasil 2014 World Cup.

It was Ronaldo’s 44th Goal for Portugal and 29th goal of the season. Ronaldo just need 4 more goals to become portugal all time top goal scorer.

Here is the Goal Video:
http://youtu.be/T6pre8-gpPc

Ronaldo v Ibrahimovic – Who should go to Brazil 2014?

This Friday sees Portugal and Sweden clash in the first-leg of the World Cup Qualifier play-offs, bringing together two of the finest players on the planet. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and the Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic come head-to-head for a place in Brazil next summer. In an ideal footballing world, both of them would be there next year. Unfortunately one will miss, but which individual deserves to be there? We examine both cases.

RONALDO vs IBRAHIMOVIC – WHO SHOULD GO TO BRAZIL 2014 WORLD CUP ?

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo has been in sensational form this season, particularly in contrast to that of his La Liga counterpart Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward has scored 27 goals for club and country in 19 appearances so far, netting four hat-tricks along the way. His last hat-trick came in Madrid’s 5-1 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday, making him the top goal scorer in the Spanish Primera. The 28-year-old is also the top goal scorer in the Champions League with 8 goals, scoring in every game of the competition so far – which is remarkable considering Los Blancos are in a group with Juventus, Galatasaray and Copenhagen.

The Portuguese captain has 43 goals in 107 appearances for his country and is undoubtedly the star man. If Portugal are to have any chance of qualifying for the World Cup, they’ll be looking to the former-Manchester United forward to produce the goods. Ronaldo’s performances over the past year have seen him nominated for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award yet another time. Messi has pipped the Madrid man to the title the past two years running, with Ronaldo scooping the prize back in 2008. Ronaldo has left messi behind in the race for ballon d’Or 2013.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Like Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic is the captain and talisman for his country. In his 94 appearances for Sweden, the 32-year-old has scored 46 times. So far this season, the Paris Saint-Germain striker has scored 17 goals in 19 appearances for club and country and Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick of his own at the weekend against Nice. The towering forward has also scored seven goals in the Champions League this season, four of which came against Anderlecht in Belgium.

Ibrahimovic is one of the biggest characters in world football. His newly released autobiography sheds light on some strange events in his career such as: sacking his agent after being linked with Southampton and clashing with former-Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola. The Malmo-born forward has won league titles for Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and at his current club PSG. His 30 league goals, the best in Ligue 1 that season, helped his club win their first title in 19 years – adding a tenth league title medal to Ibrahimovic’s collection (including the two revoked in the Calciopoli scandal). He scores magnificent goals week in, week out, making opposition defenders look useless. The World Cup next year could be his last chance to perform at the tournament, which would be poorer without him.

No matter who goes through to the World Cup from the play-offs, it’s a shame neither of them can both be there. The biggest stage in world football deserves players of their quality, but who do you think should be there? Give Your Views in the comments…

This Friday sees Portugal and Sweden clash in the first-leg of the World Cup Qualifier play-offs, bringing together two of the finest players on the planet. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and the Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic come head-to-head for a place in Brazil next summer. In an ideal footballing world, both of them would be there next year. Unfortunately one will miss, but which individual deserves to be there? We examine both cases.

RONALDO vs IBRAHIMOVIC – WHO SHOULD GO TO BRAZIL 2014 WORLD CUP ?

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo has been in sensational form this season, particularly in contrast to that of his La Liga counterpart Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward has scored 27 goals for club and country in 19 appearances so far, netting four hat-tricks along the way. His last hat-trick came in Madrid’s 5-1 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday, making him the top goal scorer in the Spanish Primera. The 28-year-old is also the top goal scorer in the Champions League with 8 goals, scoring in every game of the competition so far – which is remarkable considering Los Blancos are in a group with Juventus, Galatasaray and Copenhagen.

The Portuguese captain has 43 goals in 107 appearances for his country and is undoubtedly the star man. If Portugal are to have any chance of qualifying for the World Cup, they’ll be looking to the former-Manchester United forward to produce the goods. Ronaldo’s performances over the past year have seen him nominated for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award yet another time. Messi has pipped the Madrid man to the title the past two years running, with Ronaldo scooping the prize back in 2008. He’s 3.80 to win again this year.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Like Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic is the captain and talisman for his country. In his 94 appearances for Sweden, the 32-year-old has scored 46 times. So far this season, the Paris Saint-Germain striker has scored 17 goals in 19 appearances for club and country and Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick of his own at the weekend against Nice. The towering forward has also scored seven goals in the Champions League this season, four of which came against Anderlecht in Belgium.

Ibrahimovic is one of the biggest characters in world football. His newly released autobiography sheds light on some strange events in his career such as: sacking his agent after being linked with Southampton and clashing with former-Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola. The Malmo-born forward has won league titles for Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and at his current club PSG. His 30 league goals, the best in Ligue 1 that season, helped his club win their first title in 19 years – adding a tenth league title medal to Ibrahimovic’s collection (including the two revoked in the Calciopoli scandal). He scores magnificent goals week in, week out, making opposition defenders look useless. The World Cup next year could be his last chance to perform at the tournament, which would be poorer without him.

No matter who goes through to the World Cup from the play-offs, it’s a shame neither of them can both be there. The biggest stage in world football deserves players of their quality, but who do you think should be there? Give Your Views in the comments…

Portugal 1-1 Israel. Portugal To Face Play Off To Qualify for 2014 World Cup

Once again, it looks like Portugal will have to go through a playoff to make a major tournament.

A late blunder by the Portugal goalkeeper, Rui Patricio, handed Israel a 1-1 draw in their Group F qualifier on Friday that all but ended his country’s hopes of snatching automatic qualification for next year’s World Cup.

The result is enough to guarantee Portugal a play-off spot but victory would have kept them a point behind the leaders, Russia, before Tuesday’s final round of matches, while instead they are now three adrift and with a vastly inferior goal difference.

Portugal‘s centre-back Ricardo Costa‘s 26th-minute opener was cancelled out by Eden Ben Basat’s easy finish for the visitors in the 85th minute. The draw means Portugal have 18 points from nine games before hosting Luxembourg next week, while Russia have three points more before they travel to Azerbaijan.

Portugal dominated the match and will be disappointed by their performance but the result is still enough to secure a runners-up spot. The draw means they remain five points ahead of Israel with only one round to go. Russia lead the group with 21 points.

Portugal were forced to deploy an untried back four but their coach Paulo Bento’s choices duly delivered as it was a passage of play between defenders that broke the deadlock midway through the first half. Pepe pounced on a cross from the left-back, Antunes, and sent the ball to his fellow centre-back, Ricardo Costa, to fire in from close range.

The hosts’ dominance was undone five minutes before the final whistle when Patricio’s mishit clearance fell straight to the Israel striker Ben Bassat, who confidently steered the ball home.

Europe’s nine group winners will qualify automatically for the 32-nation tournament in Brazil, while the eight best runners-up will enter two-legged play-offs for the continent’s remaining four berths. Fortsätt läsa Portugal 1-1 Israel. Portugal To Face Play Off To Qualify for 2014 World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Awesome Trick! Owned Northern Ireland Player

The Portuguese star managed to mix his classic flashy style with efficient goal-scoring power against Northern Ireland. Check out the trick below

Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal teammates took on Northern Ireland last week at Windsor Park in Belfast for an important World Cup Qualifier that saw both red cards and goals galore. Even at the half at 1-1, Northern Ireland took the lead in the second half, but it just wasn’t to be.

Ronaldo decided to turn things around in the second half and his three goals propelled his side to victory and another crucial three points. It wasn’t just his three goals that made headlines, though. A little bit of trickery from Ronaldo around the halfway line left Steven Davis running around in circles without the ball.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Individual Full Match Highlights:

http://youtu.be/PhpHu0nJr-g