Por­tu­gal punch ticket with vic­tory over Swiss

Silva strikes in 2-0 win

Sport360 - - Front Page - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 edi­to­rial@sport360.com

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Por­tu­gal de­feated Switzer­land last night in Lis­bon to earn a place at the 2018 World Cup and con­sign their op­po­nents to next month’s play-offs.

Switzer­land, who beat Por­tu­gal 2-0 at home last year, had won all nine pre­vi­ous qual­i­fiers but must over­come a two-legged play-off in Novem­ber to earn a fourth straight World Cup ap­pear­ance.

AC Mi­lan striker An­dre Silva forced Yann Som­mer into a smart early save from his de­flected shot, with the Swiss goal­keeper then forced to make a ter­rific stop to tip over Bernardo Silva’s ef­fort.

A clumsy chal­lenge in the area on Switzer­land for­ward Haris Se­fer­ovic by Ben­fica team-mate Eliseu went un­pun­ished as the vis­i­tors made a rare foray for­ward.

The crowd at the Es­ta­dio da Luz then erupted when Djourou in­ad­ver­tently bun­dled a dan­ger­ous cross from Eliseu be­yond Som­mer four min­utes be­fore the break un­der heavy pres­sure from Joao Mario.

Xher­dan Shaqiri tried to de­ceive Por­tu­gal keeper Rui Pa­tri­cio with an am­bi­tious free-kick early in the sec­ond pe­riod, but Por­tu­gal dou­bled their ad­van­tage with a bril­liant team goal on 57 min­utes.

Bernardo Silva ex­changed passes with former Monaco team-mate Joao Moutinho, thread­ing through the re­turn pass for an un­marked An­dre Silva to steer in at the far post.

Switzer­land will be among the seeded coun­tries for the play-off draw on Oc­to­ber 17 and could face Swe­den, Northern Ire­land, Repub­lic of Ire­land or Greece for a place at Rus­sia 2018.

An­dre the gi­ant: Silva scores for Por­tu­gal at the far post.

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