Sweden vs. Portugal, 2014 World Cup qualifying: Preview and TV schedule

Mike Hewitt

Sweden return home needing to overturn a 1-0 deficit to rescue their World Cup dream after a first leg loss against Portugal in Lisbon.

The task ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his Sweden teammates is clear. They must overturn Portugal's 1-0 lead after the first leg or spend the summer watching the World Cup, rather than participating in it. On the flip side, Portugal simply need a strong away performance in Stockholm to secure their place in Brazil.

Sweden didn't play badly in Lisbon but the offense simply didn't do enough to break down the Portugese defense. Ibrahimovic didn't see near enough of the ball in the first leg and Erik Hamrén will have to make some adjustments in order to provide better service for his star striker.

The weather and pitch condition could play a big role in the match with temperatures expected to be around the freezing point and the field reportedly not in the best of shape.

In the end either Cristiano or Zlatan won't be playing in Brazil next summer...so in a way everyone loses right?

Match Date/Time: 8:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET

Venue: Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden

TV: ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes (U.S.), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), Sportsnet (Canada)

Online: WatchESPN (U.S.), Sky Go (U.K.)

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