Cristiano Ronaldo starts in Madeira homecoming

Sweden winger Emil Forsberg ready for Cristiano Ronaldo challenge

Sweden winger Emil Forsberg ready for Cristiano Ronaldo challenge

The Real Madrid star was playing for Portugal in his hometown of Funchal on the Madeira Islands for the first time, and marked the occasion by scoring the opener in the 18th minute to take his tally of global goals to 71.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo fights for the ball against Sweden's Viktor Claesson during the worldwide friendly soccer match between Portugal and Sweden at the dos Barreiros stadium in Funchal, Madeira island, Portugal, Tuesday, March 28 2017.

Ricardo Santos played alongside the four-time world player of the year for amateur team CF Andorinha in Madeira, where Ronaldo's father worked as a kit man.

Coach Fernando Santos made ten changes from the 3-0 victory over Hungary, with only Ronaldo keeping his place.

Their second arrived just after the half-hour mark - Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist scoring an own goal as Portugal piled on the pressure.

Gelson Martins put in an exquisite cross with the outside of his right foot, and Ronaldo ghosted in behind the Sweden defence to make it 1-0.

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Croatia conceded inside the first minute and then two more goals late on in a surprise 3-0 loss at Estonia.

However, Viktor Claesson started the comeback for the visitors with a shot from inside the area in the 57th minute and then netted the equalizer from a corner kick in the 76th.

Funchal also has a Ronaldo statue and a museum about the player, as well a hotel complex named after him.

Ronaldo, who scored twice against Hungary in a World Cup qualifying win Saturday, redirected a cross home from close range with his typical precision, opening the scoring in the 18th minute. He received his fourth world player of the year award this year. Only the group victor automatically qualifies for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

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