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21/10/2013 09:21 BST | Updated 21/10/2013 09:30 BST

Portugal Vs Sweden, Ronaldo Vs Ibrahimović, Stand Out World Cup Playoff Draw

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right, shake hands with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo after their World Cup group 1 qualifying soccer match in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday Oct. 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Niklas Larsson)
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Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right, shake hands with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo after their World Cup group 1 qualifying soccer match in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday Oct. 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Niklas Larsson)

One of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimović will not be at the 2014 World Cup after Portugal and Sweden were drawn with each other in the Uefa playoffs.

France face Ukraine, who finished runners-up to England in Group H, while Iceland, bidding to become the smallest country to participate at a finals, take on a beleaguered Croatia side.

Greece-Romania is the final tie, but the Ronaldo-Ibrahimović match-up takes top billing.

Two of the best attackers in world football, the duo have mixed memories of World Cups. Ibrahimović featured briefly in 2002 but failed to score at all in 2006, and Sweden didn't even qualify for South Africa 2010.

Ronaldo was denied the best young player of the 2006 tournament thanks to England fans, still bitter at his supposed role in Wayne Rooney's red card during Portugal's quarter-final win, who hijacked the voting.

The then Manchester United forward scored a penalty against Iran and netted a tap-in versus North Korea in the 2010 finals, but Portugal were eliminated at the last 16 stage by Spain and Ronaldo performed disappointingly.

The two-legged play-offs are to be played on November 15 and 19 to decide the four remaining European teams to go to the World Cup next summer.