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Sweden vs. Portugal

Sweden vs. Portugal

Portugal shall not waste the chance to grab a spot in World Cup while they prevent Sweden from their aggressive attacks. Sweden shall capitalize on their home court advantage, but aggregate scores will most likely hamper them from setting foot in Maracana.

Match Date: 19 November 2013 (local time)
Venue: Friends Arena

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic encouraged their legion of followers to show their support for the squad during the 2nd leg of the European playoff against Portugal.

Fully aware of the positive effects of playing in their own territory, Ibra called on to Sweden’s fans to benefit from their home court advantage. The mighty Zlatan knows that this could help lessen the pressure of losing the first leg of the playoff and at the same time, keep the squad going.

Sweden paid dearly for Portugal’s come from behind win. In order to clinch their World Cup berth, the squad needs to score at least 2 goals and keep their opponents at bay. Such is the only way to beat the burden of aggregate scoring and book an immediate ticket to Brazil.

Portugal edged past Sweden with a late, but swift goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.

The scoreless playoff looked like it was heading for a stalemate. However, team captain and football superstar, Ronaldo pulled off a late shot that dampened the hopes of the Swedish squad to score a victory away.

While the triumph gives Portugal the upper hand in the playoffs, the edge is plain temporary for several reasons. First, the 2nd leg shall be played in Sweden’s territory, which, like them, gives their opponent the home court advantage. Lastly, the gap is barely enough to keep them safe from the threats of aggregate scoring. Even Ronaldo, admits that the previous score is not enough to secure their spot in Brazil.

Consistency also posits a problem for the squad. The draw against Israel, prior to the playoff is one of the grave mistakes that Portugal must avoid. They cannot merely rely on their 1-0 victory for Sweden is likewise, keen on clinching their World Cup berth.

World Cup betting tip: Sweden 1-1 Portugal
The match exhibits a high possibility of a low scoring match that will end in a draw. Both squads shall fight tooth and nail. But Portugal shall most likely gain victory by virtue of away goals.

Image Source: Telegraph

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