Cristiano Ronaldo edged the hotly anticipated battle with Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Friday, as he scored the only goal of the game to give Portugal the advantage in a nicely poised tie with Sweden.
Ronaldo headed home Miguel Veloso's low cross with 10 minutes remaining to ensure the home side received some reward for their slight superiority during the 90 minutes, although Sweden will be far from disappointed with a second leg in Stockholm still to come.
Portugal, meanwhile, might wonder if they could have furthered the advantage—with Ronaldo hitting the crossbar with another header moments after his goal, in a game where Joao Moutinho and Helder Postiga also squandered reasonable openings.
Ibrahimovic, in contrast, had a generally quiet night—allowing Kim Kallstrom to take a free-kick on the edge of the box that flashed narrowly wide, perhaps the visitors' closest strike of the contest.
Nevertheless, the Paris Saint-Germain striker will surely feel hopeful he can make a decisive impact on the second leg of the contest.
"We've got the minimum advantage, but it's better than a draw. It would be better if our lead was bigger," Ronaldo noted to the Associated Press (h/t Sports Illustrated). "We have a big battle in Sweden next week."
On target: 3-2
Pass completion: 84%-58%