POR 2-0 SWZ Highlights & Goals
10 October 2017.
2-0 Andre Silva
PORTUGAL 2 SWITZERLAND 0: EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS OVERHAUL SWISS TO REACH RUSSIA
Cristiano Ronaldo will be at Russia 2018 after Portugal ended Switzerland’s 100 per cent record and qualified via superior goal difference.
Portugal secured World Cup qualification at Switzerland’s expense with a rousing 2-0 win in Lisbon.
Switzerland headed into the final round of matches in Group B boasting a 100 per cent record but must now tackle a play-off after Fernando Santos’ European champions matched the scoreline they found themselves on the receiving end of in Basle last September.
Cheered on by a raucous crowd knowing nothing other than a win would do at Estadio da Luz, Portugal were kept in check by a composed and disciplined Swiss showing until Johan Djourou put into his own goal in the 41st minute.
Pop superstar Madonna was among the home supporters looking for Cristiano Ronaldo to inspire a famous victory but it was playmaker Bernardo Silva who truly got Portugal into the groove.
That the Manchester City playmaker has not been an automatic choice at club level since switching to the Premier League was scarcely evident as he performed at the heart of Portugal’s brightest moments, including Andre Silva’s qualification-sealing second.