One of the most anticipated game of the year will get underway in just a few days time, when Portugal take on Sweden in a bid to reach the 2014 World Cup.
The match is also important because it will be either Cristiano Ronaldo or Zlatan Ibrahimovich who will be seen at the next year’s World Cup. Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovich have been in red hot form this year and both are strong favourites for the Balon d’Or 2013. Hence, this game could well decide who wins the FIFA Balond’Or 2013.
Portugal vs Sweden Preview
Portugal haven’t had the best World Cup qualifying campaign, as they were the favorites to top the group but finished second behind Russia.
On the other side of the coin, Sweden have been solid with only two losses, one to a strong German squad and the other to third-place Austria. Moreover in one match, the Swedes made their German hosts pay, securing a marvellous 4-4 draw after being 4-0 down within 53 minutes at Berlin’s Olympiastadion.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Zlatan Ibrahimovich will be the two men who will have the biggest roles to play and their performance could well decide which team will go through. Cristiano Ronaldo’s has four goals in eight games for Portugal in this campaign while Ibrahimovic has six in eight for Sweden.
Potugal vs Sweden Match Information
The two-legged ties will take place on Nov. 15 and 19, with Portugal hosting first in Lisbon. Solna will host the second leg. Away goals will be taken into account should the score finish level after 180 minutes. The first leg will kick 0ff at 7:45pm (GMT) and will be played at Estadio da Luz.
Portugal vs Sweden – Quotes
“It’s going to be very complicated and competitive, there is no favourite between the two teams” – Paulo Bento, Portugal Coach.
“We face a country with many skilled players who are performing on a high level. Portugal are the favourites, but it will be two fantastic matches” – Zlatan Ibrahimovich
Portugal 1-3 Brazil
Sweden 3-5 Germany
The Portugal vs Sweden match is sure to attract huge audience as two best players of this season fight for a place in the 2014 World Cup. Whether Cristiano Ronaldo silences the yellow army or Zlatan Ibrahimovich brings down Ronaldo’s Portugal, we will all know in a few days. But one thing for sure is that the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be poorer without any one of these two.