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. 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. Wholesale Jerseys China.J. 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They would lose just six more games in regulation during the season en route to winning the Presidents Trophy. The Blackhawks easily advanced past the first round of the playoffs, defeating the Minnesota Wild in five games. In the second round, however, they faced their first major challenge of the season. After four games with the Detroit Red Wings, the Blackhawks found themselves down 3-1 in the series and on the brink of elimination. They had lost three straight games for the first time in their entire season. With their backs against the wall, the Blackhawks beat the Red Wings 4-1 on home ice to set up Game 6 in Detroit. There, the Blackhawks overcame a one-goal deficit after 40 minutes to win 4-3 and force a seventh and deciding game. After regulation of Game 7, the two teams were tied 1-1. Then defenceman Brent SSeabrook scored just three minutes into overtime to send Blackhawks to the Western Conference Final.dddddddddddd Compared to the Red Wings, the Los Angeles Kings gave the Blackhawks little trouble. The series ended in five games with Patrick Kane scoring in double overtime. The Blackhawks met the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final and a tone for the series was quickly set. The two teams battled to a 3-3 tie after three periods, thanks to the Blackhawks recovering from a two-goal deficit in the third period. The two teams remained scoreless through two overtime periods until, finally, 12 minutes into the third extra frame, Andrew Shaw tipped a shot past Tuukka Rask to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 series lead. The Bruins won Game 2 in overtime and picked up a 2-0 shutout win in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. The Blackhawks once again battled back with a 6-5 overtime victory in Game Four to make it a best-of-three set. The Blackhawks took the series lead back in Game 5 with a 3-1 victory and then travelled back to Boston with a chance to win the championship. With two minutes to play in Game 6, the Blackhawks were down 2-1 and Game 7 appeared to be in the cards. However, the Blackhawks pulled goaltender Corey Crawford and Bryan Bickell scored to tie the game at 2-2. Then, just 17 seconds later, David Bolland scored the series-winning goal with 59 seconds left on the clock. The Blackhawks were crowned Stanley Cup champions and Kane was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy. ' ' '