Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed the World Cup will not be worth watching without him
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dismissed suggestions he applauded Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid forward scored his second goal in Sweden on Tuesday night.
TV images appeared to show Ibrahimovic applauding Ronaldo's crisp left footed finish, but it seems he was simply encouraging his team-mates.
"Was I applauding Ronaldo? No, I was just trying to encourage my team-mates," Ibrahimovic told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I clapped my hands to cheer them up and motivate them for the last few minutes.
"We had already gone down before. It is important not to give up until the final whistle because the unexpected can always happen."
A Swedish prankster may have woken Portugal's national team up this morning after a noisy performance outside their hotel at 7:15am.
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Sweden know their World Cup hopes rest on getting the ball to Zlatan Ibrahimovic as they prepare for the second leg of their qualifying play-off against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.
– Sweden midfielder Seb Larsson
We cannot go out all guns blazing but we must have a more attacking game with more ball higher up the pitch, then we will get Zlatan more in the game.'
Portugal have a small advantage, and we are expecting a very difficult game, but we are ready.
We will have to be fully focused. More than anything else, these players want to be in Brazil, so we will give our best to get there.