Cédric seals World Cup place

By SFC Media Tue 10 Oct International
Photo by Getty Images | Cédric

Southampton defender Cédric helped secure Portugal’s place at the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Switzerland in their winner-takes-all qualifier in Lisbon.

A draw would have been enough for the Swiss, but European champions Portugal edged in front four minutes before half-time when former Arsenal man Johan Djourou put through his own net.

AC Milan striker Andre Silva added the second just shy of the hour mark with a simple finish at the end of a flowing team move.

Switzerland, who had won all nine games in Group B before tonight, are now consigned to next month’s play-offs.

Elsewhere, Virgil van Dijk finished on the winning side by the same scoreline, but the Netherlands’ 2-0 victory was not enough to leapfrog opponents Sweden on goal difference.

Fellow Dutchman Wesley Hoedt was an unusued substitute for his country, along with Saints teammates Maya Yoshida (Japan) and Jan Bednarek (Poland Under-21s).

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