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missed his third straight game and there was no timetable
LONDON -- Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the battle of the superstar forwards to give Portugal the edge over Sweden in the World Cup playoffs, while Frances chances of qualifying took a big hit by losing 2-0 in Ukraine. Mitch Williams Phillies Jersey . Ronaldo transferred his prolific scoring form for Real Madrid to the international stage, diving to head home an 82nd-minute winner and give Portugal a 1-0 cushion to take to Stockholm for Tuesdays second leg. France faces missing a major tournament for the first time since 1994 after Roman Zozulya and Andriy Yarmolenko scored second-half goals for Ukraine in a feisty match that saw both teams finish with 10 men. Kostas Mitroglous double helped Greece claim a 3-1 win over Romania and tiny Iceland overcame a sending-off early in the second half to hold on for a 0-0 draw with Croatia, keeping alive its hopes of becoming the least populous nation to reach a World Cup. All four return matches take place on Tuesday, when the 13 qualifiers from Europe will be finalized. Italy drew 1-1 with Germany and an experimental England side slumped to a 2-0 home loss to Chile in headline friendly matches as the countdown to next years World Cup begins in earnest. One of the worlds top forwards will be absent in Brazil next summer -- and it looks more likely to be Ibrahimovic, not Ronaldo. The heavily billed showdown between two of the biggest stars -- and egos -- in football looked like falling flat in Lisbon, only for Ronaldo to take centre stage like he so often does for Madrid. He dived to glance in a left-wing cross for his 44th goal in 108 international appearances, and almost added another when he headed against the crossbar late on. Ibrahimovic was largely anonymous in Lisbon and, at the age of 32, could be set to miss out on what would likely be his final World Cup campaign. Another star of the world game, Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, may also be absent in Brazil after France tumbled to defeat in Kyiv on a night that proved to be one to forget for Laurent Koscielny. The Arsenal defender conceded the penalty that Yarmolenko converted for 2-0 in the 83rd minute, and was then sent off in stoppage time. Zozulya opened the scoring in the 61st for Ukraine, who had Oleksandr Kucher dismissed soon after Koscielny had been shown the red card. Iceland, with a population of around 320,000, is seeking a place in a major tournament for the first time but the biggest football match in the Nordic countrys history turned sour when Olafur Skulason was sent off for a professional foul in the 51st. However, goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson and his packed defence stood firm to repel wave after wave of Croatia attacks in the second half. The 10,000 Iceland fans in the Laugardalsvollur national stadium greeted the final whistle as if their team had won. Romania appears likely to miss out on World Cup qualification for the fourth straight campaign after conceding twice in the opening 20 minutes before Mitroglou scored Greeces third in the 66th to give the 2004 European champions a strong advantage to take to Bucharest. Bogdan Stancu had equalized in the 19th for Romania, which had substitute Costin Lazar sent off for a second yellow card in stoppage time. Italy maintained its proud record of not having lost to Germany since 1995 -- but needed a 28th-minute equalizer by Ignazio Abate to preserve that run. Germany took the lead in the eighth minute through Mats Hummels and twice hit the goal frame in Milan. In another match between two World Cup qualifiers, Chile ended Englands 10-game unbeaten run thanks to Alexis Sanchezs double at Wembley Stadium. The Barcelona forward scored in the seventh minute and again in second-half injury time to deliver a reality check for England, which gave three players debuts. Carlos Ruiz Phillies Jersey . -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released veteran guard Davin Joseph, a mainstay on their offensive line over the past eight seasons. Pete Rose Phillies Jersey .C. -- The Steve Smith era in Carolina is over.LOS ANGELES -- Pinch-hitter Andrew Susac singled home the go-ahead run in the 13th inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Monday night to climb within 3 1/2 games of the NL West lead. Susac singled to left field off Kevin Correia (2-4), scoring Brandon Belt. San Francisco tacked on two more runs to take a 5-2 lead on Gregor Blancos double. Blanco homered and scored twice for the Giants, who snapped a three-game skid and remained tied with Pittsburgh for the two NL wild-card slots. San Francisco can clinch a playoff berth Tuesday night with a win and a Milwaukee loss. Santiago Casilla (3-3) got the victory with two innings of relief, and Hunter Strickland pitched the 13th to earn his first career save. The Dodgers didnt have a hit after the sixth inning and put only three runners on base during that stretch. Two were hit by pitches and the other reached on a throwing error. The Giants had runners in scoring position in the eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th but failed to score. Brandon Belt tried to score on Brandon Crawfords single to centre in the 11th, but he got nailed by Yasiel Puigs pinpoint throw to the plate. Joaquin Arias struck out swinging to end the inning. The Dodgers tied it 2-all in the fifth on Carl Crawfords leadoff homer and Dee Gordons sacrifice fly that scored Juan Uribe, who doubled. The Giants extended their lead to 2-0 in the third on Joe Paniks sacrifice to the pitcher that scored Blanco from third after Matt Kemps three-base error in right field. A week after Kemp and Puig exchanged words inn the dugout at Colorado, they crossed each other up on Blancos routine fly. John Kruk Jersey. Both players were converging toward centre field to make a play on the ball. Kemp raced over and appeared to call him off, but Puig seemed indecisive and got in the way of the ball, which dropped. Kemp and Puig returned to their positions and looked at each other from a distance. Blanco homered on a 3-2 count leading off the game to give the Giants the lead in front of 53,500, the biggest crowd in the majors this season. Puig was 0 for 4 with a strikeout and got hit by a pitch. Kemp was hitless in five at-bats with two strikeouts. TRAINERS ROOM Giants: RHP Tim Hudson (hip) threw a bullpen session and is scheduled to start Wednesday, but could be replaced by RHP Tim Lincecum depending on how he feels. ... OF Michael Morse (strained left oblique) had an MRI in San Francisco but had not received the results. ... OF Angel Pagan (inflamed nerve in lower back) missed his third straight game and there was no timetable given for his return. Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder inflammation) is throwing and will slowly be moved forward as his shoulder allows. UP NEXT Giants: Madison Bumgarner (18-9, 2.91 ERA) takes the mound with 11 career wins against the Dodgers, the second-most of any active pitcher against them. The Giants have won each of his last six starts. The left-handers 18 wins are the most by a Giants pitcher since Shawn Estes had 19 in 1997. Dodgers: Zack Greinke (15-8, 2.76) owns a 4-0 record with a 1.38 ERA in four starts this season against the Giants. 09:56ET 23-09-14 Cheap Jerseys From China wholesale jerseys ' ' '