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Play-by-play: Ronaldo, Portugal take lead on Ibrahimovic, Sweden in Leg 1

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November 15, 2013, 2:00 pm

Cristiano Ronaldo's 82nd minute header gave Portugal a critical 1-0 lead in Leg 1 of their UEFA World Cup playoff against Sweden, led by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (full recap at ProSoccerTalk). Elsewhere, Ukraine have established a surprising lead over France, Greece are in control over Romania and Iceland-Croatia finished scoreless. In friendly play, Scotland and the United States played to a lackluster 0-0 draw. Here's how it all played out:

4:57 p.m. ET: Scotland 0, United States 0. FINAL. After a heap of late chances, the U.S. settles for a scoreless draw with Scotland at Hampden Park. The result is a decent but not overly convincing one for the Americans.

4:41 p.m. ET: Ukraine 2, France 0. FINAL. Big mountain to climb for France on Tuesday.

4:40 p.m. ET: Ukraine 2, France 0. RED CARD. Oleksandr Kucher picks up a second yellow card and gets sent off in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time.

4:39 p.m. ET: Greece 3, Romania 1. FINAL. Greece look on their way to Brazil in 2014.

4:36 pm. ET: Ukraine 2, France 0. RED CARD. France's Laurent Koscielny sent off for lashing out, shoving Ukraine player in face. It's all falling apart for France.

4:34 p.m. ET: Portugal 1, Sweden 0. FINAL. Cristiano Ronaldo gives Portugal a huge 1-0 advantage after the first leg.

4:28 p.m. ET: Ukraine 2, France 0. GOAL Ukraine. Pandemonium in Kiev! Andriy Yarmolenko finishes the penalty for Ukraine after a bad Laurent Koscielny challenge in the box, and France are in serious trouble now. 

4:25 p.m. ET: Portugal 1, Sweden 0. Two minutes after scoring on a header, Cristiano Ronaldo heads the ball off the bar from 6 yards out.

4:22 p.m. ET: Portugal 1, Sweden 0. GOAL Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo's diving header in the 83rd minute gives the home side a critical advantage late in the match. Huge goal in this two-leg playoff.

4:20 p.m. ET: Portugal 0, Sweden 0; Ukraine 1, France 0. Sweden and Ukraine simultaneously denied possible penalty kicks.

4:17 p.m. ET: Scotland 0, United States 0. Tim Howard comes up HUGE on a Robert Snodgrass free kick that was curling into the upper corner.

4:16 p.m. ET: Portugal 0, Sweden 0. Cristiano Ronaldo takes a yellow card in the 77th minute for tripping Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson.

4:11 p.m. ET: Greece 3, Romania 1. GOAL Greece. A wonderful volley from Kostas Mitroglou for his second goal of the game give Greece a nice two-goal cushion.

4:07 p.m. ET: Ukraine 1, France 0. GOAL Ukraine. Roman Zozulya puts the finishing touches on a wonderful sequence for the Ukraine and tucks the ball away from 8 yards out to send Kiev into a frenzy.

3:54 p.m. ET: Scotland 0, United States 0. HALFTIME.

3:49 p.m. ET: Iceland 0, Romania 0. FINAL. Iceland, with 10 men, hold off Croatia at things shift to Leg 2 on Tuesday in Croatia.

3:40 p.m. ET: Iceland 0, Croatia 0. Ivan Perišić flashes a volley from 18 yards out just inches wide of the far post. That's Croatia's best chance of the second half thus far. Less than 10 minutes to play.

3:37 p.m. ET: Scotland 0, United States 0. Checking in on the Americans Scotland, everything is still scoreless at Hampden Park, though the Scots have had their chances.

3:34 p.m. ET: Ukraine 0, France 0. It's scoreless at the break, and Ukraine have had more attempts on goal through 45 minutes.

3:33 p.m. ET: Greece 2, Romania 1. HALFTIME. The quick flurry of goals early in the half provided most of the entertainment. Greece take a 2-1 lead into the break.

3:31 p.m. ET: Portugal 0, Sweden 0. HALFTIME. After a fairly open first half, Portugal and Sweden end scoreless.

3:08 p.m. ET: Greece 2, Romania 1. GOAL GREECE. Dimitris Salpingidis with the goal to put Greece back ahead. This is getting wild!

3:06 p.m. ET: Greece 1, Romania 1. GOAL ROMANIA. An immediate equalizer for Romania. Bogdan Stancu with the back post header. 

3:02 p.m. ET: Iceland 0, Croatia 0. RED CARD. Iceland down to 10 men after Ólafur Ingi Skúlason gets sent off.

3:00 p.m. ET: Greece 1, Romania 0. GOAL GREECE. Kostas Mitroglou breaks Romania's offside trap and one-times the service into the back of the net for the early advantage.

2:56 p.m. ET: Portugal 0, Sweden 0. The two heavyweights have each seen chances flash just wide of the post in the opening six minutes.

2:47 p.m. ET: Iceland 0, Croatia 0. Neither team could break through in the opening 45 minutes. The other three matches in Europe are now underway.

ProSoccerTalk has you covered on why you should watch all four playoff games, and Mike Prindiville and Joe Prince-Wright discuss Portugal vs. Sweden in the PST Extra video below:

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