International Soccer
 
               === Portugal drawn with Sweden in UEFA playoff ===
 
 Nyon, Switzerland (SportsNetwork.com) - If Portugal is going to reach the 2014
 World  Cup in Brazil it will have to beat Sweden in a two-legged playoff after
 the  two sides were  drawn together on Monday in the playoff draw for the UEFA
 region.
 
 Portugal's playoff with Sweden will pit two of the world's top talents against
 each  other  as  Cristiano  Ronaldo leads  Portugal  against  Sweden's  Zlatan
 Ibrahimovic.
 
 Portugal  manager Paulo Bento knows his team faces a tough task in Sweden, but
 he  is also  confident that  they will  find a  way to  punch their  ticket to
 Brazil.
 
 "It's  going to  be a very even playoff against Sweden," Bento told Eurosport.
 "They  do have Zlatan, after all, but it's not only him they are a strong team
 overall.  They've been  many times in the final phases of major tournaments so
 we  need  to find the best  way possible to reach  our goal. It is a difficult
 tie, but we are sure that we will be in Brazil next year."
 
 The  other three  playoff  matchups feature  France  meeting Ukraine,  Iceland
 battling Croatia and Greece facing Romania.
 
 France  finished second to  Spain in its group and the team is the only one in
 the playoff field to have won a World Cup, while Ukraine put together a strong
 qualifying campaign in finishing behind England in its group.
 
 Iceland  is attempting to  reach its first ever World Cup and got a relatively
 kind draw with Croatia, which recently fired manager Igor Stimac.
 
 Greece  is attempting  to reach its second straight World Cup after qualifying
 in  2010 and will  have to do so at the expense of Romania, which last reached
 the World Cup in 1998.
 
 The  first leg of  each playoff will take place on Nov. 15 with the second leg
 following four days later on Nov. 19.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 10/21 11:01:32 ET

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