Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his third goal against Sweden last night. Photogrpah: Pontus Lundahl/EPA

It was billed as a clash of the titans with Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the starring roles but at the end of last night Portugal’s captain took(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo scores the only goal of the game  past Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson during their World Cup qualifying play-off first leg game in Lisbon. Photograph: Armando Franca/AP Photo

PORTUGAL 1 (Ronaldo 82) SWEDEN 0 This was not quite the high-velocity collision of twin attacking greats the build-up had promised. But by the end Cri(...)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks to the press. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland ’s ability to cope with the attacking threat of Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be a major concern for Giovanni Trapattoni this evening but he can t(...)