first_imgBut Portugal, who trail the Swiss by three points, can pip their opponents to first place with a victory as they have a vastly superior goal difference.“It was our first game and we didn’t have our best player, our talisman Cristiano Ronaldo,” Pepe, now at Besiktas but formerly of Real Madrid, told a press conference.“I know Ronaldo, and I know how much he wants to go to the World Cup,” said Pepe. “Tomorrow will be completely different.”While one side will seal a World Cup berth, the other is at least guaranteed the consolation of a place in next month’s play-offs.Portugal coach Fernando Santos is also counting on his captain to lead the way to Russia.“Any team in the world would be a better team with Cristiano Ronaldo in it, he’ll make our job much easier,” Santos said.In their last game Portugal struggled for long periods in Andorra, needing the rested Ronaldo to come on as a half-time substitute and help them stumble to a 2-0 win and set up Tuesday’s winner-takes-all showdown.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“I know Ronaldo, and I know how much he wants to go to the World Cup,” said Portugal’s defender Pepe © AFP / FRANCISCO LEONGLISBON, Portugal, Oct 9 – Portugal defender Pepe warned Switzerland that Tuesday’s decisive World Cup qualifying clash in Lisbon would be “completely different” with Cristiano Ronaldo available for the European champions.Switzerland have won all nine Group B qualifiers so far, including a 2-0 victory over Portugal in their opening match when Ronaldo was out injured, and need just a draw to secure a place in next year’s finals.last_img read more

first_imgDES Newton, who played for both Roscommon and Donegal, had been appointed the new manager of Roscommon, it was announced today.He was favourite to succeed Fergal O’Donnell who quit the post last month.Newton had been favourite for some time for the position and his appointment was ratified by the Roscommon County Board today. A winner of an All-Ireland U21 Football title and two Connacht Senior Football Championship, Newton has been involved with Kilmacud Crokes in recent years and will commute from Dublin for training and matches.Former All-Star corner back Enon Gavin has been confirmed as one of his selectors with another set to be appointed in due course.FORMER DONEGAL PLAYER TO MANAGE ROSCOMMON was last modified: November 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DES Newtonwho played for both Roscommon and Donegallast_img read more