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.
Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick in a thrilling FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off second leg to see Portugal qualify for Brazil 2014. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice, but Ronaldo's heroics saw his team win 4-2 on aggregate.
FIFA.com takes a look at five key moments as Fabio Capello guided Russia to Brazil, with the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ hosts seeing off Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal to qualify as European Group F winners.
Cristiano Ronaldo hit a second half hat-trick to see off Northern Ireland in Belfast, after the hosts had led at the break. There were three red cards in an ill-tempered game as Helder Postiga, Chris Brunt and Kyle Lafferty were all dismissed.
Sporting’s faith in its academy graduates is beginning to pay off, with Os Leões hitting form just in time for this weekend’s derby with Benfica.
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.