Portugal 1 Sweden 0: Player ratings as Cristiano Ronaldo nets winner

Portugal 1 Sweden 0: Player ratings as Cristiano Ronaldo nets the winner at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon

Paddy Dinham
By Paddy Dinham
Portugal
1
Sweden
0

Portugal

Rui Patricio A good save to deny Larsson’s drive was just about the only stop he had to make. 6/10

Joao Pereira A superb outlet down the right-hand side. Full of energy and his delivery was generally of a high standard. Booked for a trip on Kacaniklic. 7

Bruno Alves Looked solid in all his defensive work and useful on the ball as Portugal started their moves from the back. 6

Pepe With Sweden providing little in the means of attacking threat, it was his job to make sure that Ibrahimovic didn’t produce anything magical out of the blue, and he did that well. 6

Fabio Coentrao The Real Madrid full-back had some fitness concerns coming into this game and it showed as he gave a quiet and uninspired performance. 5

Miguel Veloso A bruising display from the man who sits behind the technical quality of Moutinho and Meireles, typified when he took his frustrations out of Ibrahimovic with a late tackle. Also showed his own ability though with a stunning cross for the goal. 7

Raul Meireles An absolutely stunning pass to present Moutinho with a clear goal-scoring opportunity early on was just one of a number of moments of quality that he showed in the middle of the park. 7

Joao Moutinho The hub of Portugal’s team. The Monaco man kept play ticking over and delivered balls into the box that Sweden struggled to deal with. Should probably have put the hosts a goal up when he rounded Isaksson but could only hit the side netting from a tight angle. 8

Nani The Manchester United winger looked lively and sharp but lacked any real end product. Threw himself to ground needlessly on a few occasions. 5

Cristiano Ronaldo A match-winning contribution from Portugal’s go-to-man just as it looked as though it wasn’t going to be their day. It had been a quiet and frustrating evening for him until a brilliant diving header ensured his side go to Scandavia with the slimmest of advantages. Booked for an innocuous collision with Isaksson. 6

Helder Postiga Got himself into some good positions with some sharp movement but was let down by his touch and his finishing. Substituted. 5

Substitutes

Hugo Almeida Non-existent. 5

Josue Added a spark to Portugal’s attacking play when he came on. 7

Sweden

Andreas Isaksson For all of Portugal’s possession and territory, the former Manchester City goalkeeper had a distinct lack of saves to make. His handling looked assured when required. Helpless for the goal. 6

Mikael Lustig (Man of the match) Being part of the Celtic side that beat Lionel Messi and co. in 2012 is probably a shoo-in for his career highlight but he almost rivalled that in this game, keeping Ronaldo completely under wraps single-handedly for 81 minutes. His contribution could still prove vital. 8

Mikael Antonsson A brave performance, seizing upon any loose touches and getting his body in the way of anything which could have troubled Isaksson. 7

Per Nilsson Communicated well with centre-back partner Antonsson to ensure that the Portugese front men had no space to operate in. The man beaten to the ball by Ronaldo for the goal. 6

Martin Olsson If you were to identify a weak link in the Swede’s defence it would certainly be the Norwich man. Not a disastrous performance by any means but looked uneasy with the threat over Pereira’s overlaps. 6

Sebastian Larsson Set-piece delivery was a little disappointing but the Sunderland man worked tirelessly, helping out defensively to minimise the threat of Ronaldo and Coentrao. Harshly booked for a coming together with the latter. 6

Rasmus Elm Struggled to get into the game as he and Kallstrom found themselves overrun by the extra Portuguese midfielder. Subsituted. 5

Kim Kallstrom Whistled a free-kick inches past Patricio’s right-hand upright. Dropped in regularly to help out his back four. 6

Alexander Kacaniklic Looked dangerous when he did manage to get the ball in an advanced position but this was only on one or two occasions. 5

Johan Elmander Cut a lonely figure up front as he was provided with next to service from his team-mates. Booked for dissent and substituted. 5

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Did nothing to influence the game in the way he would have liked but his understanding of where his team-mates were was outstanding. His best work came defensively as he made crucial clearing headers from a series of Portuguese corners. 6

Substitutes

Pontus Wernbloom Made his presence felt in midfield with a couple of crunching tackles. 5

Anders Svensson Erik Hamren brought him on for his 147th cap to ensure Sweden saw out a creditable draw. Unfortunately they scored after the veteran’s introduction. 5

Alexander Gerndt N/A

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