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Referee: Stephan Studer | Attendance: 13334

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Ronaldo fires Portugal to victory

Ronaldo celebrates his match-winning goal

Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half goal earned Portugal a narrow win over Croatia in Geneva.

The Real Madrid man's 39th goal in the national shirt arrived nine minutes before half-time to give Paulo Bento's side the victory.

With most of the Swiss crowd having turned up to watch Ronaldo he did his best to entertain, going close with an early effort.

He went one better in the 36th minute, taking in a lay-off from Silvestre Valera before cracking in.

Ronaldo, who Madrid hope to tie to a new deal this summer amid reported interest from Manchester United, then hit the bar as his one-man show continued.

Croatia did more after the break but chances remained solely Portugal's as Hugo Almeida spurned one, but it mattered not as his side saw things out.

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Scoring Summary

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Portugal