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: “There is pressure to win but there are other games and chances to take the points we need to go to the World Cup.” Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes that Sweden’s qualification hopes can survive a slip up in Dublin tomorrow but feels that they can take a significant step(...)

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(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Photograph:
INPHO/Donall Farmer

As the Republic of Ireland ’s preparations ahead of the first of two critically important World Cup qualifiers continued to take shape in Malah(...)

Giovanni Trapattoni chats with Stephen Kelly at training yesterday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Giovanni Trapattoni ’s birthday celebration in Malahide yesterday was an almost intimate affair with just 13 of his players and one member of h(...)