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Played
November 15, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz) — Lisboa
Referee:‬ N. Rizzoli‎
Attendance:‬ 61467‎
 
82′ C. Ronaldo
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Portugal 1-0 Sweden

Goal rates the players on show as Cristiano Ronaldo outshines Zlatan Ibrahimovic to give the Seleccao a slender lead in their World Cup qualifying play-off with a late header

By Tom Webber

  • Rui Patricio
    104
    19
    3.00

    Rui Patricio

    The keeper made a great stop from Larsson during the first half but was not asked to do much else thereafter. He dealt with everything that was thrown at him for the rest of the game.

  • Bruno Alves
    105
    15
    3.50

    Bruno Alves

    A solid performance at the heart of defence, showing good judgement and an ability to read the play before stepping out to challenge for the ball.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    184
    16
    3.50

    Fabio Coentrao

    The left-back defended with the utmost efficiency, refusing to allow Larsson time to supply the forwards. He also showing plenty of willingness to get down the other end to support Ronaldo, putting some good crosses into the area.

  • João Pereira
    81
    25
    3.00

    João Pereira

    Continually found space on the right but did not pick out a team-mate inside the box often enough. Defensively, he struggled to deal with the pace of Kacaniklic and committed too many fouls.

  • Pepe
    140
    23
    3.00

    Pepe

    The experienced centre-back looked nervous in the opening stages but he soon collected himself and looked more assured. He kept a close watch on Ibrahimovic and refused to be bullied by the forward.

  • Joao Moutinho
    98
    27
    3.00

    Joao Moutinho

    Had a brilliant chance to open the scoring after just five minutes but could only find the side netting after rounding Isaksson. He sprayed a number of high quality passes across the pitch throughout, but lacked a killer ball.

  • Miguel Veloso
    96
    26
    3.50

    Miguel Veloso

    Linked defence to attack well, collecting the ball from the back and orchestrating the play by directing it from deep. He regularly made himself available as an outlet for his team-mates and he assisted the decisive goal.

  • Nani
    81
    97
    2.50

    Nani

    The winger failed to really get involved in the game. He drifted inside quite often but was unable to create anything in there and just added to the congestion in that area.

  • Raúl Meireles
    136
    25
    3.50

    Raúl Meireles

    Created the first chance of the game with a great pass into Moutinho after five minutes and he continued in the same manner, regularly looking to pierce the Sweden defence with an incisive pass.

  • C. Ronaldo
    462
    89
    4.00

    C. Ronaldo Top of the Match

    Struggled to find enough space to work in for much of the game but still proved to be the match winner. He showed great perseverance to eventually net the game's only goal with a diving header and was only denied a second by the woodwork.

  • Hélder Postiga
    81
    53
    2.50

    Hélder Postiga

    The striker one a few flick-ons and got into some decent positions and showed a good touch, but he lacked the pace and power to really worry the centre-back duo.

Substitutions

  • Josue
    61
    17

    Josue

    Came on for Meireles with little over 10 minutes remaining and played a few good passes.

  • Hugo Almeida
    85
    16
    3.00

    Hugo Almeida

    Replaced Helder Postiga with 66 minutes played and provided a much more physical option in the final third.

  • Andreas Isaksson
    61
    21
    3.50

    Andreas Isaksson

    The goalkeeper showed good judgement when vacating his line to come out and challenge for the ball. He supplied a sure set of hands between the posts and inspired confidence in his defence.

  • Mikael Antonsson
    45
    17
    3.50

    Mikael Antonsson

    Provided a very physical presence in the penalty area and showed astute positioning. He won a number of aerial battles and can be extremely pleased with his individual performance and the clean sheet.

  • M. Lustig
    41
    18
    3.00

    M. Lustig

    Put in a great cross early on which Elmander came desperately close to converting. He made a good block on the line early in the second half but his lack of pace was often exposed when defending.

  • Martin Olsson
    21
    35
    2.50

    Martin Olsson

    The left-back got sucked inside far too often, leaving far too much space for Portugal to consistently fire crosses into the area. When the ball came in from the other flank, he failed to impose himself aerially.

  • Per Nilsson
    18
    35
    2.50

    Per Nilsson

    Gave a decent account of himself for most of the game, but he was often coltish and slow to react. This was borne out as he allowed Ronaldo to get in front of him and head in the decisive goal.

  • Alexander Kacaniklic
    26
    26
    2.50

    Alexander Kacaniklic

    The midfielder did not track back often enough in the first half to help protect against the attacking forays of Pereira. He did so more after the break, but it meant he rarely used his pace to counter down the other end.

  • Kim Källström
    54
    20
    3.50

    Kim Källström

    Curled a free kick narrowly wide of the post in the first half which almost caught Rui Patricio out. He played a number of good passes from the middle and helped protect his defence throughout the game.

  • Rasmus Elm
    26
    31
    3.00

    Rasmus Elm

    Dropped in alongside the defence consistently and he regularly moved out to the right to double up on Ronaldo and restrict his influence. It worked to good effect and but he offered minimal creativity.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    48
    21
    3.00

    Sebastian Larsson

    The midfielder forced a strong save from Rui Patricio in the first half but did not supply enough ammunition for the Sweden strikers. He consistently tracked back though and had a good battle with Coentrao.

  • Johan Elmander
    45
    26
    3.00

    Johan Elmander

    Absolutely ran himself into the ground, working extremely hard for his side. He came agonisingly close to scoring in the sixth minute but never really tested the keeper again. However, his work-rate was commendable.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    100
    208
    2.00

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic Flop of the Match

    The towering striker was a peripheral figure for much of the game. He rarely linked up with his team-mates and failed to truly test Rui Patricio throughout the entire match. He was well and truly outshone by Ronaldo.

Substitutions

  • Anders Svensson
    16
    22

    Anders Svensson

    Brought on for Svensson with just over 10 minutes remaining.

  • Pontus Wernbloom
    18
    19

    Pontus Wernbloom

    Replaced Elm in the 72nd minute but did not have time to impact the game.

  • Alexander Gerndt
    11
    26

    Alexander Gerndt

    Came on for Elmander in the 88th minute.

Results
First Leg
Times In GMT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robin van Persie Robin van Persie
Striker
Man Utd.
11 2
Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
Striker
Manchester City
10 0
Mesut Özil Mesut Özil
Midfielder
Arsenal
8 3
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
8 1
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
8 0