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Monday 22 December 2014

Sweden 2-3 Portugal: Ronaldo scores hat-trick to put Zlatan out of World Cup

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, back, reacts after Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his side's first goal during the World Cup qualifying playoff second leg soccer match between Sweden and Portugal in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday, Nov.19, 2013. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, back, reacts after Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his side's first goal during the World Cup qualifying playoff second leg soccer match between Sweden and Portugal in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday, Nov.19, 2013. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Portugal's players celebrate after Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 2-3 goal during the World Cup 2014 qualifying playoff second leg soccer match between Sweden and Portugal at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. (AP/Pontus Lundahl, TT)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, runs before scoring his third goal during the World Cup qualifying playoff second leg soccer match between Sweden and Portugal in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday, Nov.19, 2013. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right, scores his side's first goal during the World Cup qualifying playoff second leg soccer match between Sweden and Portugal in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday, Nov.19, 2013. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, and Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic shake hands before the World Cup qualifying playoff first leg soccer match between Portugal and Sweden Friday, Nov. 15 2013, at the Luz stadium in Lisbon. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - NOVEMBER 19: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden walks off dejected after losing the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Play-off Second Leg match between Sweden and Portugal at Friends Arena on November 19, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images,)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - NOVEMBER 19: Raul Meireles (L) and Hugo Almeida of Portugal celebrate after winning the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Play-off Second Leg match between Sweden and Portugal at Friends Arena on November 19, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images,)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - NOVEMBER 19: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring their 3rd goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Play-off Second Leg match between Sweden and Portugal at Friends Arena on November 19, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images,)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - NOVEMBER 19: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (C) of Sweden heads their equalizing goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Play-off Second Leg match between Sweden and Portugal at Friends Arena on November 19, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images,)

Cristiano Ronaldo struck a devastating hat-trick to fire Portugal into the World Cup finals at the expense of Sweden and win his highly-anticipated duel with fellow superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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