Por­tu­gal End Swiss Win­ning Run to Qual­ify for World Cup

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LIS­BON (Dis­patches) - Euro­pean champions Por­tu­gal qual­i­fied for next year’s World Cup with a con­vinc­ing 2-0 home win over Switzer­land on Tues­day, end­ing their ri­vals’ per­fect record in Group B after an own goal by Jo­han Djourou set them on their way.

With mid­fielder Bernardo Silva giv­ing one of his best per­for­mances for Por­tu­gal, the hosts did not even need a goal from cap­tain Cris­tiano Ron­aldo as they pulled level on 27 points with Switzer­land and won the group on goal dif­fer­ence.

The un­lucky Djourou put the ball through his own net four min­utes be­fore half­time and An­dre Silva sealed the vic­tory in the 57th minute with his ninth goal of the cam­paign.

The Swiss had led the group since beat­ing Por­tu­gal 2-0 in Basel in their opening match in Septem­ber last year and gone on to win all nine matches be­fore Tues­day’s en­counter in Lis­bon, while Por­tu­gal had won their sub­se­quent eight.

Aside from a penalty shootout de­feat by Chile at the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup in June, the de­feat by Switzer­land was the only com­pet­i­tive game Por­tu­gal have lost since Fer­nando San­tos took over as coach in Septem­ber 2014.

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