|You can watch Portugal vs Sweden Portugal continued their excellent run of form on Saturday as Cristiano Ronaldo and Andre Silva inspired them to a 3-0 win over Hungary, making it four wins in a row. In these four games they have scored 19 goals and conceded just once.
Event: Sweden vs Portugal Live
Date: 28 March
Palce: Barreiros Stadium
However, their 2-0 loss in Switzerland back in September could prove crucial come the end of this qualifying campaign. Portugal remain behind the perfect record of the Swiss, and they will need to make up that three point deficit in order to automatically qualify for the World Cup.
Sweden were expected to struggle massively without the influence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic after his retirement in the summer, but they have actually responded really well to that expected setback.The visitors beat Belarus 4-0 on Saturday to follow on from an emphatic 6-0 friendly win over Slovakia in January. They have won five, drawn one, and lost two of their eight games since Ibrahimovic retired, scoring 19 goals and conceding just five in the process. To put that into perspective,their last 19 goals took them 13 games to score, so they are definitely improving.This has taken them to 2nd in their World Cup qualifying group, three points adrift of France but three points ahead of the out of form Holland down in 4th. Bulgaria sit between them on nine points.They are facing a Portugal side who have won seven on the bounce at home though, scoring 30 goals and conceding twice in the process. Sweden have won four, drawn two, and lost two of their last eight on the road.Portugal are in great form at the moment, and look defensively sound as well as ruthless going forward Portugal vs Sweden Live. Cristiano Ronaldo has netted nine goals in his last four games for Portugal so odds of 4/6 for him to score anytime actually look good value for our goalscorer predictions.I do expect Portugal to get another win here, and considering six of their last seven home games have seen them win by at least a two goal margin and they have won all of them, odds of 2.1 for a Portugal -1.0 Asian Handicap look good value. I’m backing that alongside a 3-0 correct score predictions at 10/1.In an international friendly match, Portugal will host Sweden at the Estadio de Maritimo this Tuesday, March 28, 2017 (11:45 AM Pacific). The match will be between two great teams and will be in an interesting setting at the Estadio de Maritimo which only fits 10,932 spectators.Portugal is coming from a convincing 3-0 win over Hungary with a goal from Andre Silva and two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo in that match.
The match was part of the UEFA World Cup qualifiers, where Portugal is excelling, currently in second place in Group B of the competition. Fernando Santos does count with a very strong squad with some of the standouts being the younger players like Renato Sanches, Andre Silva and Bernardo Silva. Cristiano Ronaldo is the main figure on the team but he may not feature in this game as it is not necessary to start him. Portugal has a young and talented core that should be able to provide an entertaining match.
Sweden is also coming from a positive result in the qualifiers beating Belarus 4-0 at home. The Blue-Yellow is also having a successful campaign in the World Cup qualifying stage like Portugal, currently in second place in Group A of the competition. A new figure has emerged on the team in RB Leipzig’s, Emil Forsberg who scored two goals in the victory against Belarus.Forsberg has had a marvelous Bundesliga campaign with seven goals and 10 assists and should be one of the main players to look out for in this game. The match should be an interesting duel with plenty of goals to offer with both teams having strong offenses and should be one to watch this Tuesday.Portugal have won three and drawn four of their last seven meetings with Sweden, with their last defeat coming back in 1984.Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to add to his 70 international goals, whilst Andre Silva from Porto added another to his tally on Saturday to make it five goals in six appearances for him Portugal vs Sweden Live Stream. Midfield mainstay Joao Moutinho is still involved, as are defenders Bruno Alves and Pepe.Defender Andreas Granqvist continues to captain Sweden, whilst striker Marcus Berg looks to add to his 12 goals in 45 international appearances. Midfielder Emil Forsberg is likely to start again after notching two goals at the weekend.In among his 12 shots of the evening – three more than Sweden’s team total of nine – the Real Madrid man almost created the opener for Hugo Almeida, but his recalled strike partner prevented a major incident from breaking loose by heading profligately into the side netting, with the hosts whistling for play to be stopped as Elmander lay injured.What seemed as if it would be the definitive Ronaldo moment of the evening arrived in the 51st minute, as he sped on to João Moutinho’s visionary through pass to move clear and strike left-footed past Isaksson.
The Portugal bench certainly thought so, celebrating wildly, jumping and cavorting on the pitch.Yet they needed him again after Ibrahimovic struck twice in four minutes, and this boisterous stadium caught the scent of blood. Portugal were panicking but their man reacted again, striking twice more in three minutes, in both cases from unforgiving angles. His last hat-trick, against Northern Ireland in Belfast, hauled Portugal out of a hole and took him past Eusébio’s Portugal goal record. This one took him level with Pauleta, the national team’s all-time leading scorer, on 47. It was another historic night for a historic player.
His goal tally for the season is 32 from 22 matches, including five hat-tricks.
Confronted with the fact that Portugal will now have participated in as many tournaments in his decade-and-a-bit with the senior team – three World Cups and three European Championships – as in the whole of the rest of the country’s footballing history, Ronaldo was surprisingly understated. “It’s a coincidence,” he said, for once giving himself less credit than the public at large. On current form, it could become a running theme.And that’s that! Sweden, who came third the last time a World Cup was held in Brazil, won’t be there this time. And neither will their outstanding star player Zlatan Ibrahimovic. A huge shame watvh this Sweden vs Portugal. But Portugal deserved to get there. They were the better side over the two games, responded in stunning fashion when Sweden finally got them rocking, and in Cristiano Ronaldo boast a player of amazing ability and superhuman big-game chops.His team-mate Miguel Veloso, like Ronaldo a Sporting Clube de Portugal product, summed it up succinctly. “The quantity of games he plays,” he said, “the goals he scores, the situations he resolves … Ronaldo is a machine.” Johan Elmander was similarly convinced. “[Ibrahimovic] did everything he could,” said the Norwich striker, “but Ronaldo was just that little bit better.”
He was so in a hostile environment too, as is the case so often on the road these days. The Friends Arena made it clear that it would not being living up to its name from the moment it loudly whistled Ronaldo’s name as the starting lineups were read out to the crowd before the match, and the evening’s events continued in a similar vein.He quickly resumed hostilities with Mikael Lustig after their clash in Lisbon on Friday, with the Celtic defender snatching the ball impatiently from the Portugal captain’s hands after the award of a free-kick in the opening seconds.The main event, between Messrs Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo, was once again a slow burner in the first half. As is often the case for both, they seemed burdened with over-responsibility, trying to wrest the match to their individual wills single-handed.”I knew that the national team needed me in these two games,” Ronaldo said after the whistle to the Portuguese broadcaster RTP, and it shows.While Sweden’s talisman got sucked deeper click here Sweden vs Portugal Live and deeper to try to fill the creative void in midfield – just where Portugal wanted him – Ronaldo refused to look to pick passes. He wanted to grab the match by the throat.
Ronaldo’s tendency to this first surfaced midway through the first period click here Sweden vs Portugal Live, when he thrashed a cross-shot over from a tough angle with others better placed for a pass. He vigorously berated his teammates for not taking up better positions, drawing catcalls from the stands and the evening’s first chants of “Messi, Messi”.
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