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An own goal from Johan Djourou handed Portugal the lead on 41 minutes and Andre Silva netted a second before the hour as the hosts finished top of Group B ahead of Switzerland on goal difference.

PORTUGAL left it until the last game but managed to finally top their group and qualify for the World Cup thanks to a 2-0 win against Switzerland.

The game started slowly with Portugal dominating possession and Switzerland sitting back, looking to counter.

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Midway through the first-half Andre Silva was lucky not to be shown at least a yellow card when a high and late challenge on Djourou went unnoticed by referee Cuneyt Cakir.

The goalkeeper pushed it onto Djourou, who could do little about the own goal.

Portugal worked the ball neatly into the box and Manchester City man Bernardo Silva squared into Andre Silva who fired home.

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The Western-Central European side is coming off a dominant 5-2 win against Hungary at home but will have a much tougher task in this game away from home against a much more talented team.

While Cyrus Christie revealed that the players are confident of getting the job done no matter what, most fans will agree that Switzerland and Denmark being pulled out of the hat to play Ireland would be favourable to Italy or Croatia.

The Swiss have not lost in the group stages, winning nine out of nine matches while scoring 23 goals.

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The seeding will be sorted by the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings and the four higher seeds based on today's rankings are set to be Italy, Denmark, Croatia and Switzerland, so one of those teams will be Ireland's play-off opponent.

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