Portugalcoach Paolo Bento says there are more goalscorers in his team than just Cristiano Ronaldo.
But like so many teams before them, they were ultimately powerless to stop Ronaldo’s goal rampage, and it was he that squirmed in with a sneaky header, to give Portugal pole position in their race to Brazil with the Swedes.
A one goal deficit is not irreversible for Sweden in the return leg tonight, but they will again be forced to contend with unstoppable CR7.
Even if they do somehow manage to stop Ronaldo from adding to his daunting goal tally, Bento says Sweden will also be confronted by goal threats from across the park.
"I think it will be a similar situation to our own, when we try to stop the organisation of Sweden and us having in mind of course trying to stop [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic," Bento told a news conference ahead of the game.
"There is no way to stop a single player, we have to do it collectively. I think Swede will also try to stop Ronaldo as a team, but what we will try to do is attack well, not only counting on Ronaldo of course.
"If there is a special marking on Ronaldo that may give us an opportunity to score from other players and zones on the pitch."
The tie was tipped as a showdown between CR7 and Ibra, and the big Swede was largely anonymous during the first leg.
So far it is Ronaldo and Portugal with one foot across Brazil’s border, and Bento is primed to stop Ibra and Sweden from clawing their way back into contention.
"We respect the Swedish national team a lot, they've got an excellent group of players and of course they've got Ibrahimovic, everybody knows his quality,” he said.
"But we will try to do as we did in the first game and try to control Sweden as a whole, and not only a single player."