Victory over russia: ronaldo & co. True wm chance

victory over russia: ronaldo & co. True wm chance

World soccer star cristiano ronaldo’s 1-0 victory was a huge weight off his mind.

Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 home victory over previously unbeaten russia in lisbon on friday, the sturmer and his portuguese national team kept their chances alive for participation in the 2014 world cup in brazil. "Now we can breathe a little easier," ronaldo said after the final whistle, visibly relieved.

The mass newspaper "correio da manha" cheered on saturday roughly on page one: "the dream has been revived!"But the road to a fourth world cup in a row is clear for ronaldo& co. Still very long. With 14 points from seven games, the selecao have knocked the russians off the top spot in group F, which would have given them a direct ticket to the world cup. The "sbornaja" of trainer fabio capello has two points, but also two games less on the account – and thus still the significantly better cards in hand.

The joy on the tejo was therefore limited. "There’s still a lot to work on, we haven’t achieved anything yet," warned matchwinner helder postiga after he scored in the 9. Minute with his 26. The 55,000 spectators at the estadio da luz cheered as he scored the first goal of the game. Coach paulo bento agreed with the real saragossa striker with a great sense of reality: "we must focus on the playoffs, which we will probably have to contest," he said dryly.

The lusos’ opponents in the battle for second place are israel, who have picked up eleven points in six games and, after a 3-3 draw in the first leg on the 11th, are still in the running. October visits lisbon for what is likely to be a decisive duel. Portugal wants to have to tremble less in front of its own audience than against the russians. "We suffered a lot today," admitted bento.

Although the home side without the suspended defender pepe were clearly superior at first. The well-behaved ronaldo shone with several forward runs. But after half an hour the gaste plotzlich came better and better into the game. Just before the break, slovenian referee damir skomina overlooked a clear handball by fabio coentrao in the penalty area during a russian storm and pressure period. After the changeover, vladimir bystrov missed the best chance to equalize with a spectacular overhead kick.

"I don’t want to say anything about the referee. But we played well and had some chances, a draw would have been fair," said capello after his first defeat since taking over just under a year ago. Ronaldo countered: "the victory was deserved."But he also said: "I have not yet thought about failing to qualify for the world cup. But this can happen naturally. I just know that me and my teammates will give everything," said the real star.

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