The crunch game in the World Cup playoffs is Portugal v Sweden, which is live streaming as Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic face off in the Estadio da Luz.
Two of Europe’s strongest side and best players will lock horns on Friday in the first leg of the World Cup playoffs.
Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic are currently two of the most in-form players in world football. The former has hit an extraordinary 25 goals in just 17 matches for Real Madrid this season, while the latter has struck 14 in his last eight appearances for PSG and has 10 in his last five games.
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One of them will miss out on the World Cup.
Of course, 20 other players will start Friday’s clash at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon and judging by the support cast on offer, the favourite’s progress would, on paper, appear to be Portugal.
Ronaldo aside, the Portugal squad also boasts the likes of Pepe, Fábio Coentrão, João Moutinho, Nani, Raúl Meireles and Hélder Postiga.
Sweden meanwhile have the talented but out of form Kim Kallstrom in their ranks but despite the presence of the Spartak Moscow man, Anders Svensson will be tasked with providing the creative spark.
Up front, in addition to Ibrahimovic, Sweden looks to have strong goal scoring options with Johan Elmander and Ola Toivonen also able to chip in with goals.
The two teams last met in the qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and over 180 minutes of football neither team could find a goal.
Portugal have lost just once in their last five games, a 3-1 defeat to Brazil but a draw with Israel at home and sluggish displays against Luxembourg and Northern Ireland will give Sweden hope heading into the game.
Will claiming that Portugal are the favourites, Swedish coach Eric Hamren will be confident going into the game especially as he side has lost just once in their last five games, a 5-3 home defeat to Germany.
”Portugal are clear favourites, but there are possibilities. Our ambition is to go to the World Cup” Hamren said ahead of the game.
“When they create chances we must have the margins on our side. There’s a lot that has to work and it’s a big challenge. If we make a mistake they’ll punish us immediately – that’s the level of this opponent.”