Although they did it the hard way, Portugal secured their passage to Brazil 2014 and thanks in no small part to the heroics of Cristiano Ronaldo. It will be the country’s sixth appearance at FIFA’s flagship event.
Barcelona star Neymar scored one and laid on another as Brazil came from behind to beat Portugal 3-1 in a friendly at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, USA.
Fenerbahce secured a 1-0 victory over Benfica courtesy of a goal from Egeman Korkmaz, making up for a missed penalty from Cristian Baroni on the stroke of half-time, to give them control of their UEFA Europa League semi-final.
After being held for more than an hour, Portugal capitalised on assuming a numerical advantage to beat Azerbaijan 2-0, with Bruno Alves and Hugo Almeida getting the goals.
Five games pit table-toppers against close rivals on Matchday 4 of European Zone qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, as FIFA.com explains.
Portugal coach Paulo Bento is sweating over the fitness of three key players - Cristiano Ronaldo, defender Pepe and midfielder Raul Meireles - for Friday's Brazil 2014 qualifier against Russia in Mos