Winners and Losers from World Cup Playoff First Legs

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Winners and Losers from World Cup Playoff First Legs
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Smiles better: Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo was his team's match winner against Sweden in Lisbon on Friday

On an engrossing and tense weekend of international football, eight European nations clashed in the first legs of their FIFA World Cup playoff ties, looking to take a giant step on the road to Rio next summer ahead of the decisive return encounters on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, a number of African countries managed to seal their places at Brazil 2014. However, who were the real winners and losers from the past three days’ action? Check them out as we move closer to deciding who will advance to next summer's much-anticipated tournament. 

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