Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Senses Sweden Victory Over Portugal
However Swedin superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimović feels Sweden's fans can help their talented national team win the play-off tie on Tuesday, saying: "Get behind us and we'll make it."
"We fought hard and well, then one mistake – one goal. That's how it is. We played a good team. Next we play them at home. We've got the measure of them now, and that's an advantage. It's the last game before the World Cup now, and from what I've heard it's going to be a full house. Get behind us and we'll make it," said Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Cristiano Ronaldo was glad to have scored an "important goal" to give Portugal a 1-0 lead against Sweden, but the captain and his coach Paulo Bento know there could have been more in their FIFA World Cup play-off opener – and the visitors' Zlatan Ibrahimović is confident his side can turn the tables on Tuesday.
"It was an important goal. We could have scored one or two more, but that didn't happen. Even so, we have to be happy. It's a good result. We know that next Tuesday we will have another battle. We got a narrow victory, but it is better than a draw. It will be a game like the one we had today, with the same chances for both teams. Portugal have a small advantage, because we got a goal, and I hope it will be enough. We are expecting a very difficult game, but we are ready," said Cristiano Ronaldo after the match. "It would be better if we had a larger lead, but we could only score once and now there will be another 90 minutes to play. We will have to be fully focused and also try to score one or two goals. More than anything else, these players want to be in Brazil, so we will give our best to get there."