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.
After 260 games across qualifying Europe, the nine sides headed for Brazil 2014 and the eight going into the play-offs have been decided, but in which games were their paths decided? FIFA.com investigates.
Portugal coach Paulo Bento called up defenders Cedric Soares and Andre Almeida for the first time as they chase Russia in Group F in their final two FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Featuring Julio Cesar on goalkeeping craziness, Ramon Calderon blasting Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp on the sale of Mario Gotze and a Uruguayan writer with a Messi theory.
Portugal came from 3-1 down to claim a 3-3 draw in Tel Aviv, with Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao scoring in injury time to keep the teams level in joint-second in Group F.
Aitor Karanka has talked about whether Jose Mourinho will be at the Bernabeu next season and insisted Real Madrid’s domestic priority is to finish second.