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2018 World Cup Qualifier Report: Portugal v Switzerland 10 October 2017

By SL International - Oct 10, 2017 10:41 PM

2018 World Cup Qualifier

Result: Portugal 2-0 Switzerland

Date: 10 October 2017

Venue: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

European champions Portugal booked their spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with a convincing 2-0 win over Switzerland at Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on Tuesday night.

Heading into the match, Switzerland had nine wins from nine Group B matches. Meanwhile, Portugal had won all of their qualifiers apart from their previous fixture against tonight’s opponents — which they lost 2-0.

Both teams showed attacking intent in the opening stages of the game, but neither was able to seriously trouble their opponents in the final third.

Remo Freuler picked up the first yellow card in the 27th minute for handball — arguably rather harshly.

Five minutes later, Yann Sommer had to make a fine save to tip André Silva’s fearsome strike over the bar.

Despite the goalkeeper’s efforts, the ball was finally put into his net in the 41st minute by his own team-mate, Johan Djourou.

Sommer’s touch while attempting to take the ball off João Mário deflected it into Djourou’s path. The former Arsenal defender was in the wrong place at the wrong time as it then deflected off his foot and into the goal.

Eliseu was cautioned in stoppage time at the end of the half as he lunged in on Xherdan Shaqiri.

Nevertheless, Portugal went into the break leading 1-0 and on course to clinch automatic qualification.

In the 57th minute, André Silva brought that target even closer, putting the ball past Sommer to double Portugal’s lead after Bernardo Silva picked him out with an exquisite pass.

Switzerland looked to find a way back into the game and went close in the 67th minute, when Haris Seferović diverted Shaqiri’s strike just wide of the right post on the stretch.

Two minutes later, Denis Zakaria was yellow carded for a foul on André Silva.

Sommer’s heroics kept Switzerland in the match late on as he denied first Pepe in the 79th minute and then Cristiano Ronaldo one-on-one moments later.

However, the visitors were unable to find as much joy at the other end of the pitch and succumbed to defeat.

As a result, they will have to qualify for the World Cup via the playoffs — while Portugal can start dreaming of adding international football’s biggest trophy to their 2016 continental prize.

 


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mingus Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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mingus Oct 11, 2017 02:50 PM
Good luck to the Champions.
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dlaisa charles Oct 11, 2017 01:45 PM
was ronaldo in the game i only hear the name of andre silva
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Manueldosantos Oct 11, 2017 11:05 AM
Why would you celebrate mediocre results like this @City Barca?
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Michaeltshigama Oct 11, 2017 09:50 AM
I still maintain that Portuguese team will win the world cup in Russia!
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Flipping lyf Oct 11, 2017 09:39 AM
Cr7 brilliance bother's many ppl and i bet with my last cent all king hater's wil not find inner peace until he hang up his boots only world cup mendal short in his cabinet for sure dat mendal is in russia nxt year
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king mosha Oct 11, 2017 08:54 AM
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City_Barca_Bucs Oct 11, 2017 08:23 AM
Do you spot the deffence all PENALDO fans??? "PENALDO's portugal secure world cup spot" and "MESSIAH send argentina to world cup"..that's how to articles read
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gangisamhlave Oct 11, 2017 08:19 AM
@Anti Penaldo they r going 2 russia I dont know if the short 1 is going as well lol guess u understand data 1
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fanist Oct 11, 2017 07:55 AM
Applause to the Portuguese
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Anti Penaldo Oct 11, 2017 07:51 AM
I fail to understand this heading.Is it Penaldo's Portugal or Portugal's Penaldo?
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Mumm_Rubi Oct 11, 2017 07:48 AM
With this results i see Meisie retiring again
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Lwazi45 Oct 11, 2017 07:25 AM
@Flipping lyf 16 goals not 15
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Manueldosantos Oct 11, 2017 07:20 AM
@jaguar You the one that need to wake up. you talking abt the past here. meanwhile European nations are stronger currently.
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Flipping lyf Oct 11, 2017 07:19 AM
@LeCowhlohlo cr7 score 15 goals during dis world cup qualifier those goals make sure portugal win group B by goals different
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JAGUAR89 Oct 11, 2017 06:27 AM
Most stars that make European leagues tough rise from south America
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JAGUAR89 Oct 11, 2017 06:26 AM
@Manueldosantos wake up boss! Most world cups won in south America
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Manueldosantos Oct 11, 2017 06:10 AM
@Lecowhlo stop making excuses here for other weak nations. all the South American nations can't win a world cup. because they are weak maan.
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LeCowhlohlo Oct 11, 2017 05:32 AM
Penaldo's Portugal secure world cup spot not Penaldo secure Portugal world cup spot.
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luckym555 Oct 11, 2017 05:28 AM
@vijjox hahaha in South AMerica its more diffclt if u knw football than Europe coz of altitudes nd the teams thy have while in Europe its easy look at Portugal group nd almost the rest of the groups,ull never find so many weak teams like Liechtenstein,Andora,latvia etc in South America
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clemz7 Oct 11, 2017 04:47 AM
All super stars wl B in Russia NXT yr

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