Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal teammates have secured their place at next year's World Cup after they did the needful in their final group game against Switzerland on Tuesday night.

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.

It was gathered that Pop star Madonna was among the crowd at the Estadio da Luz to watch Ronaldo and his teammates join the likes of Nigeria and Egypt on the plane to Russia.

Switzerland, who beat Portugal 2-0 at home last year, had won all nine previous qualifiers but must overcome a two-legged play-off in November to earn a fourth straight World Cup appearance.

With Lionel Messi also securing a World Cup ticket for Argentina, many await to see how the Ronaldo, Messi rivalry pans out in Russia.

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