We profile 2014 World Cup finalists Portugal as Cristiano Ronaldo looks to make his mark at an international tournament.
Cristiano Ronaldo headed Portugal closer to the World Cup as they beat Sweden 1-0 in their play-off first leg in Lisbon.
Portugal coach Paulo Bento called up uncapped Sporting midfielder William Carvalho in his squad for the play-off with Sweden.
Group F round-up: Russia secured a place at the 2014 World Cup with a 1-1 draw in Azerbaijan.
European World Cup qualifying collated results on Tuesday.
Russia and Bosnia grabbed two of Europe's four remaining automatic spots for next year's World Cup finals on Tuesday, consigning Portugal and Greece to the
Portugal had to settle for a place in next month's World Cup playoffs despite beating 10-man Luxembourg 3-0 in their final Group F qualifier in Coimbra on
Portugal 3 Luxembourg 0 - World Cup qualifying Group F result.
Portugal's hopes of securing automatic qualification for next year's World Cup suffered a major blow in a 1-0 loss to Israel.
Portugal have called up Braga's Custodio to replace Raul Meireles for the World Cup qualifiers gainst Israel and Luxembourg.
Portugal are close to securing at least a World Cup playoff place but their untested back four will be under scrutiny against Israel.
Promising full backs Cedric and Andre Almeida earned first call-ups to Portugal's 25-man squad for the last two World Cup Group F qualifiers against Israel and
Valencia have confirmed that Helder Postiga will almost certainly miss the weekend match with Rayo Vallecano through injury.
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