Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Zlatan Ibrahimovic lived up to its pregame billing, it just happened to take over two hours of soccer to happen. Minutes after Ronaldo appeared to have book his country a place in next summer’s World Cup, the big Swede stepped up and said, ‘not so fast’ with a two goals in rapid succession, evening the two-leg playoff at 2-2.
Ronaldo flipped up an imaginary collar and reminded us why he’s probably the best player in the world, regardless of what Sepp Blatter thinks.
Ronaldo delivered a one-two punch to cap his hat trick, booking Portugal’s place in next summer’s World Cup in the process with a 4-2 win on aggregate. Ronaldo scored all four goals for Portugal over the two legs.
Here’s the first goals from the Portuguese star today:
It meant Ibrahimovic’s nice free kick, which gave Sweden a temporary lifeline, is nothing more than a footnote.