Portugal

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TASS, October 10. Team Portugal defeated team Switzerland with the score 2:0 in the home match of the final round of the qualifying tournament of the world Cup 2018 and made it to the final stage of the competition, which will be held in Russia.

The ball in the 41st minute own goal scored by defender Yohan Djourou Swiss. In a parallel match of group B Hungary beat Faroe Islands (1:0), and the national team of Latvia were stronger than the team of Andorra – 4:0 .

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In the standings for first place with 27 points took team Portugal to qualify directly for the world Cup, the Swiss, losing to Portugal at the expense of the worst difference of goals scored and goals conceded, was the second, they will play in butt matches for the right to participate in the world championship. Next are the teams of Hungary (11), Faroe Islands (10), Latvia (7) and Andorra (4).

Portugal debuted at the world Championships at the tournament in 1966, where he was able to take third place, beating in the match for the bronze medal team of the USSR. For both teams the results are best at the world Championships. Next time the Portuguese played in the world Cup in 1986, and in 2006 again reached the semifinals, but in the match for third place lost to team Germany. At the last world Cup, the Portuguese did not leave the group, where their opponents were teams from Germany, USA and Ghana.

In addition, the team of Portugal last year for the first time won the European championship, and in the summer of 2017 played at the confederations Cup in Russia, where he took third place. Also in the asset of the Portuguese one silver (2004) and three bronze (1984, 2000, 2012).

Portugal became the 18th team got to the world Cup, after the teams of Russia, Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Germany, England, Spain, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Poland, Egypt, Iceland and Serbia. World Cup matches will be held from 14 June to 15 July 2018 in Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov – on-don, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk.