Portugal produced an all-round present to comprehensively beat Switzerland 2-Zero of their closing World Cup qualifying recreation to book their seat at subsequent 12 months’s showpiece event.
The 2016 UEFA Euro champions needed a win to ensure top-spot and clinched three elements due to a Johan Djourou private purpose throughout the 41st minute and an Adrien Silva strike three minutes sooner than the hour-mark.
Captain and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo started for the host nation nevertheless no matter struggling a rare-off day, his nation pulled through due to the power of their collective effort.
Switzerland under no circumstances truly obtained into the game and Portuguese keeper Rui Patricio was a digital bystander for practically the entire thing of the 90 minutes on the Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
Portugal pressed for an opener from the off and Bernardo Silva stung Yann Sommer’s palms with a fierce volley early on.
Ronaldo was decided to achieve the purpose that can calm nerves and had an actual penalty shout turned down when the Swiss left-back dealt with contained within the subject nevertheless Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir was having none of it.
The European champions would finally uncover the opener four minutes from half-time when Eliseu’s cross from the left induced a panic contained within the Switzerland subject and former Arsenal defender Djourou inadvertently turned the ball into his private internet.
Post the interval, Switzerland put in a contact larger effectivity nevertheless all their efforts have been speculative long-rangers, which Patricio dealt with ease.
Adrien Silva, who completed a high-profile switch to AC Milan within the summertime, would finally seal the deal with a close-range strike throughout the 57th minute after some good work from Bernardo Silva on the suitable wing.
Ronaldo had possibilities to achieve his 80th purpose for Portugal each aspect of Silva’s strike nevertheless his ending was found wanting.
The tie ended with a 2-Zero scoreline in favour of the Portuguese, who ended their World Cup qualifying advertising and marketing marketing campaign on excessive with 27 elements from 10 video video games.
Switzerland have the an identical elements tally nevertheless a far inferior purpose distinction (Portugal have +28 as compared with Switzerland’s +16) and may participate throughout the play-offs in November in the event that they’re to qualify for subsequent 12 months’s World Cup in Russia.