Mike Hewitt

UEFA 2014 World Cup qualifying playoffs: Ronaldo fires Portugal to first leg win

Cristiano Ronaldo got the best of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the first leg of their World Cup playoffs, while 10-man Iceland held on for a draw.

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Mitroglou makes it advantage Greece

Konstantinos Mitroglou scored a brace to give Greece the lead in a pulsating tie against Romania in the first leg of the World Cup Qualifying playoff.

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Les Bleus stunned in Kiev

Goals from Roman Zozulya and Andriy Andriy Yarmolenko have put Ukraine in pole position to beat out France for a spot at next summer's World Cup finals.

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Ronaldo fires Portugal to home win

Ronaldo has fired Portugal to a lead, but is a one-goal win enough heading to Sweden?

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10-man Iceland hang on for draw against Croatia

It's up to the second leg to decide who's off to Brazil, as Iceland managed to hang on for a draw against Croatia, despite going down to 10 men early in the second half.

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Croatia's lineup odd, Iceland's ambitious

The hosts are going all-out for the win while Croatia will flood the middle.

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Ukraine vs. France: Lineups

It's the first leg of the UEFA World Cup playoffs, and Ukraine are hosting France. Can they hold off Les Bleus' big guns?

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Ronaldo starts wide for Portugal

Portugal have opted to start a recognized center forward up top instead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who will start on the wing. Sweden will play Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the hole.

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Iceland prepare for Croatia barrage

Iceland are massive underdogs in the first leg of their World Cup playoff against Croatia.

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Greece favourites in Romania playoff clash

Greece head into their World Cup playoff first leg against Romania looking to extend their winning streak to seven games.

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Zlatan and Ronaldo meet for a trip to Brazil

While all eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, this tie will likely come down to which supporting cast of players are more effective.

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France under pressure against the Ukraine

France will attempt to avoid missing their first World Cup in nearly 20 years as their playoff tie against the Ukraine begins on Friday in Kiev.

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