Portugal blank Swiss 2-0


October 11, 2017
Portugal's Pepe, top, celebrates with his teammates their side's second goal during the World Cup Group B qualifying match against Switzerland at the Luz stadium in Lisbon yesterday.

LISBON, Portugal (AP):

A year after winning the European Championship, Portugal have set their sights on another trophy after sealing their place at the 2018 World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Switzerland yesterday.

Cristiano Ronaldo's team got the win they needed in the showdown against the Swiss at a packed Stadium of Light.

Both teams finished with 27 points, but Euro 2016 winner Portugal had a better goal difference.

"Just like we did at the Euros, we are going to try to win the World Cup as well," Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva said.

Switzerland, who had led Group B since the first round, will have to go through a play-off to try to make it to the tournament in Russia.

The Swiss arrived with a three-point lead over Portugal and needed at least a draw to earn the automatic World Cup berth.

"It was a game between two very good teams, it's not a surprise that we ended with the same number of points," Portugal midfielder Joao Mario said. "Fortunately, we were able to end up with the victory. It was well-deserved."

An own-goal by Swiss defender Johan Djourou before half-time and a goal by forward by Andre Silva early in the second half were enough to give Portugal their ninth straight victory since an opening 2-0 loss to the Swiss in Basel last year.

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