This article will tell you about the 2014 World Cup match between Sweden and Portugal
The 2014 FIFA World Cup has to be one of the most iconic tournaments in history. Although Germany won the tournament, players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic left their marks behind.
Before Sweden’s game against Portugal, Zlatan had warned Ronaldo saying he was the clouds of pain hovering over the Portuguese. “Hello, Cristiano. I am Zlatan — the cloud of pain that now hovers over you.” said the Swedish legend.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t tell anything but showed his performance during the match in which he scored a hattrick against Zlatan’s two goals.
Summary: Sweden 2-3 Portugal
The first half of this stalemate continued where the first game left off, with both teams playing conservatively and creating their best opportunities on set pieces.
Bruno Alves had the game’s first great scoring chance in the 15th minute, but Andreas Isaksson saved his header. Hugo Almeida missed a chance off a Ronaldo cross seven minutes before halftime, hitting into the side netting.
Immediately in the second half, things became much more exciting. Ronaldo scored the game’s opening goal in the 50th minute, giving his team a large two-goal aggregate advantage to go along with an away goal.
Sweden would have to score three times to overcome them. Joao Moutinho put him up with a through pass, and he finished calmly from within the box, the first of three identical shots.
For the following five minutes, Portugal appeared to be on the verge of conceding again, but Ronaldo struck again on the counter to relieve the strain on his squad.
Ronaldo ran onto it before taking a touch and hitting a half-volley beyond Isaksson after Almeida set it up with a fantastic diagonal ball.
Two minutes later, he struck again, this time from just inside the box, this time off the underside of the crossbar and into the back of the net to seal the victory.
After the match, the commentator said: “They say that Ibrahimovic likes to call himself God.”
“Well Ronaldo has just played like one.”
This completely showed how the five-times Ballon d’or winner proved Zlatan wrong and took his team single handedly to the tournament.