Watch as Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimović applauds Ronaldo’s third goal and hat-trick for Portugal in a thrilling World Cup qualifier play-off second leg clash.
The eagerly anticipated second leg was billed as the battle of Zlatan Ibrahimović and Cristiano Ronaldo, 2 giants of the international scene, and the match did not disappoint.
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With Portugal coming into the game with a 1-0 lead from the first leg and going 1-0 up on the night thanks to Ronaldo’s first in the 50th minute, Sweden’s chance of World Cup qualification seemed to be slipping to beyond their grasp.
However, the Scandinavians managed to overcome the defect with 2 quick-fire goals from Ibrahimović within 4 minutes of each other.
But the real star of the show was Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo who netted a further 2 goals to secure a terrific hat-trick for his country.
Praise of the Portuguese international has come from all corners of the world, but none is a greater tribute to the FIFA Ballon d’Or contender’s stunning achievement than the sight of Zlatan Ibrahimović clapping as he watched Ronaldo celebrate scoring his third of the match.
Caught on camera, watch the Zlatan Ibrahimović applauds Ronaldo goal video as Cristiano scores a hat-trick during the Sweden v Portugal World Cup qualifier play-off second leg:
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