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Portugal v Republic of Ireland Live Commentary, 02/09/21

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Cristiano Ronaldo (89)
Cristiano Ronaldo (90+6)
J. Egan (45)
Estádio Do Algarve


Ireland host Azerbaijan next this weekend, while Portugal will now prepare for a friendly against Qatar. As far as the World Cup in Qatar is concerned, Ireland may see this game as a sliding doors moment. That's all for now. Goodbye!
Portugal's victory means they keep their place at the top of Group A with 10 points from four games. Where would they be without Ronaldo? Ireland stay fourth in the group with no points at all yet alongside Azerbaijan. Qualification may be realistically beyond Kenny's men but performances like this one will give them hope.
Portugal grab two late goals to secure a comeback win over a spirited young Ireland side. Ireland were dreaming of a plucky away victory after Egan put them ahead just before half-time, but Portugal could rely on their record-breaking captain Ronaldo to crush Ireland's dreams.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Yellow Card
90' + 7' Ronaldo's booked for ripping his shirt off after scoring, partly in celebration, partly in righteous fury.
João Mário
90' + 6' Joao Mario's ball in was a tricky one and a poacher of Ronaldo's quality was never going to miss that chance. Poor Ireland. They've given everything here in Faro but will leave with nothing.
Cristiano Ronaldo
90' + 6' GOAL! PORTUGAL 2-1 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND! Ronaldo grabs his second goal of the game to snatch victory for Portugal at the death! Joao Mario floats a high cross into the box and Ronaldo rises high again to power a header past Bazunu.
90' + 4' Coleman hands Portugal a late corner which Ireland manage to defend. Guedes, who's troubled Ireland since he came on, manages to spot Joao Mario whose shot causes Bazunu no trouble.
90' + 2' Portugal rightly believe they can win this as Ireland are starting to tire. Jota fires over from outside the box.
90' + 1' Ireland almost regain the lead instantly as McClean gets loose down the left. The winger lashes low towards the near post and Patricio pushes the shot into the side netting. Ireland get a corner but Omobamidele is penalised for a push on Pepe.
J. Molumby
J. McGrath
Republic of Ireland
90' + 1' Molumby also replaces McGrath. Ireland have got to hope they can hang on for a point.
J. Collins
A. Idah
Republic of Ireland
90' There'll be at least five more minutes of this as Ireland make some late changes. Collins takes Idah's place up front.
Gonçalo Guedes
90' Guedes' introduction has saved Portugal and they could now go on to win this. Ronaldo does his best to whip the crowd up.
Cristiano Ronaldo
89' GOAL! PORTUGAL 1-1 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND! Ronaldo breaks Ireland's hearts as well as the world record, becoming the highest-ever men's international goalscorer with 110 goals! Guedes' dinked cross from the byline finds Ronaldo who finds the bottom right corner with his header.
88' Ronaldo goes for the top left corner from the free-kick and Bazunu springs across to make another fine save. The clock is ticking down for Portugal.
87' Portugal come close again! Joao Mario blasts towards goal from the edge of the box and Ireland huddle together to block. Moutinho's follow-up deflects kindly to Ronaldo who forces a save from Bazunu at close-range. Play is pulled back as Cullen handled Moutinho's shot and Portugal have a free-kick.
85' Against the odds, Ireland are just about holding their own. They've still got a few minutes to hold on though for what would be a big victory for Kenny's men.
83' Idah wins a free-kick for Ireland as Dias clambers over the back of him. Ireland can't do anything with the ball in though, despite their best efforts.
83' Portugal are starting to lose their patience. Andre Silva's first-time effort from inside the box goes over the crossbar. Ronaldo has a pop from even further out and throws his arms up in the air as he watches it sail high and wide.
Gonçalo Guedes
João Cancelo
82' Portugal substitution. The Valencia winger Guedes replaces Cancelo.
80' Ireland are spending more and more time camped in their own half. Idah unfairly challenges Pepe and gives away a free-kick.
78' Portugal have five men in the box as Cancelo's cross comes in from the right. Mendes slashes at it first-time in space at the far post but his shot is so bad it rolls straight back out wide to Cancelo who's offside.
76' Hendrick punts a loose Portugal pass out of play and it ends up taking a deflection to hand Ireland a goal-kick. Ireland really have put a shift in. Their job's not over yet though.
74' What a miss by Bernardo Silva! The Manchester City man has to score after skipping past a challenge to create some space to the right of the box but somehow blazes over! He has his head in his hands. Portugal will get more chances to score, but not many better than that.
João Moutinho
João Palhinha
73' Portugal also make a change. Their enforcer Palhinha makes way for Moutinho.
J. McClean
A. Connolly
Republic of Ireland
72' Connolly's time is up anyway. McClean will take his place.
71' Portugal earn another glut of corners with Ireland defending each one successfully at their near post. Portugal's set-piece delivery in this game hasn't been the best.
69' Connolly goes down and needs looking at. The referee calls for a stretcher but Connolly soon gets to his feet. Portugal are distinctly unimpressed with what they see as playacting from Ireland.
67' Doherty races back into his own box to stop Jota from getting a shot away. Dias barges into the back of Idah and gives away a foul. Ireland might want to consider changing things if they want to grind this win out.
66' Bernardo Silva cuts inside from the right and goes for goal. It's straight into the arms of Bazunu.
65' Portugal win another two corners. The second ends with Ronaldo having another shot blocked from outside the box. Doherty tempts Cancelo into pushing him over, earning a timely free-kick.
63' Cancelo looks to get his feet together in the box but he's marshalled by Doherty and Cullen. His tame shot takes a deflection and bounces through to Bazunu.
Nuno Mendes
Raphaël Guerreiro
62' Guerreiro is next to go off. Tavares replaces him in a straight swap at left-back.
João Mário
Bruno Fernandes
62' Portugal substitution. Fernandes is the player to make way. He's snatched at chances here. The Benfica midfielder Joao Mario replaces him.
60' Portugal go up the other end and win another corner but Ireland see it out easily. Portugal are going to have to work harder to break this Ireland side down.
59' Ronaldo smashes a long-range effort into the midriff of Cullen and Ireland can break! Egan nods down for Connolly in the penalty box and Connolly volleys wide under pressure. It's a great chance for Ireland. VAR takes a quick look and it isn't a penalty.
58' Doherty scampers down the left, drawing boos from the home support. Portugal see the attack off.
M. Doherty
Yellow Card
Republic of Ireland
56' Doherty picks up a yellow card for taking too long to leave the pitch after taking a knock and receiving treatment. The Tottenham defender is bemused.
54' Fernandes goes for another overambitious shot from outside the box. It's as unsuccessful as his previous efforts.
52' Palhinha wins a canny free-kick in his own half thanks to Idah's overeager challenge. Connolly latches onto a direct pass and is tackled on the edge of the box, fairly according to the officials.
50' Portugal keep the pressure on. Andre Silva gets on the end of Cancelo's cross to have another shot blocked from the centre of the box, and Fernandes fires wide to the left. It's going to be a long second half for Ireland at this rate.
48' Portugal begin the second half as they did the first, forcing Ireland to give away a series of corners. Andre Silva's header at the near post is blocked from Idah. The second corner comes in and Duffy gets in the way of Guerreiro's blast from the left of the box. There's a third corner, Cancelo hits an Irish defender from the edge of the box and Ireland finally clear.
46' We're back underway here in Faro. Ireland are halfway to a surprise victory which would put them back in the mix for World Cup qualification. But can Portugal turn this game around?
André Silva
Rafa Silva
46' Portugal make a substitution at half-time. Rafa gets hooked. Andre Silva comes on. Ronaldo will move to the left wing, Jota to the right.
Ireland undoubtedly caught Portugal by surprise in that first half. Portugal had 69 per cent of possession but were guilty of wasting scoring opportunities, particularly Jota whose header kissed the post. They'll still fancy their chances of winning this game if they can firm up their finishing in the second half.
Ireland have a shock lead at half-time thanks to Egan's smart header from a corner. The visitors have played bravely despite losing one of their centre-backs O'Shea to injury, with their keeper Bazunu saving Ronaldo's penalty. Portugal have had more chances to score so far but have looked vulnerable to Ireland's direct style of play.
45' + 5' Jota darts in behind Coleman and hangs up a cross towards Ronaldo at the far post. He's unsuccessful. Silva sends the ball back towards goal and Egan promptly gets rid. That'll be all for now.
45' + 3' Portugal think they've equalised as Jota's shot from the left of the box squirms towards the bottom left corner. Bazunu claws it off the line and clutches it to his chest. Jota bounces a half-volley wide to the right of goal seconds later.
A. Connolly
Yellow Card
Republic of Ireland
45' + 2' There'll be five minutes added onto the end of this half. Connolly's booked for a clumsy tackle on Palhinha.
J. McGrath
Republic of Ireland
45' McGrath's corner kick was delightful and Egan had no hesitation in getting on the end of it. Well, this is a turn up for the books!
J. Egan
Republic of Ireland
45' GOAL! PORTUGAL 0-1 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND! Egan gives Ireland the lead with a brilliant header! The Sheffield United centre-back darts forwards the near post and arrives first to McGrath's corner, nodding it into the far bottom corner!
44' Cullen's ball over the top finds Connolly who is through on goal! The Brighton forward's touch lets him down though and Patricio rushes wide to close down the shot. Palhinha pokes the ball out of play first and Ireland will have a corner.
43' Idah draws a foul from Dias with some quick footwork, easing the pressure on Ireland. This has been an engaging game so far.
41' Jota shifts his feet to find a bit of space in the box and Omobamidele blocks Jota's goalbound effort with his head. Portugal get a corner which doesn't lead to very much.
40' Connolly and Idah combine down Ireland's left to set Connolly up for a shot from near the D. Connolly gets a rush of blood to the head and blasts a first-time shot way off-target.
38' Ireland are growing bolder. Coleman keeps a pass alive down the right and is inches away from finding Idah with his hooked cross. Pepe intercepts to head the ball away from danger.
35' O'Shea will definitely be unable to carry on after picking up that knock to his ankle. That's a blow to him and to Ireland. Ireland are preparing a substitution.
A. Omobamidele
D. O'Shea
Republic of Ireland
35' O'Shea is replaced by Omobamidele, Norwich City's highly-regarded 19-year-old centre-back.
34' Fernandes takes aim from outside the box and his shot careens high and wide of the crossbar. The Manchester United man claps his hands together in frustration with himself.
D. O'Shea
Yellow Card
Republic of Ireland
33' O'Shea is eventually booked as he trudges off the pitch, even just to go down to receive further treatment. It looks unlikely that he'll be able to continue.
32' The referee gives Portugal the free-kick but O'Shea may have to go off injured. He hasn't got up off the floor yet since making the tackle.
30' Jota gets caught offside from Fernandes' throughball. Seconds later O'Shea slides into a poor challenge on the Portugal winger, injuring his own ankle in the process. It doesn't look good for O'Shea.
28' JOTA HITS THE POST! The Liverpool man gets on the end of Cancelo's cross and fires a bullet header towards goal from the left of the six-yard box. It bounces off the outside of the upright and Ireland breathe a sigh of relief.
26' Ireland race back to defend, blocking a speculative effort from Silva from the edge of the box. Up the other end, Portugal's defence is all over the place. Connolly's dragged shot wide is kept in play and hoisted back towards the striker whose tame header is claimed by Patricio.
25' McGrath's corner makes its way through to Egan who lays off to Connolly outside the six-yard box. Connolly goes for the top right corner but his curling effort is off-target.
24' Ireland are gaining some belief after that penalty save. Coleman tries to take Pepe on in a race and ends up getting a corner out of it.
23' Ireland enjoy their first real spell of possession. Coleman goes for a first-time cross from the right and Patricio plucks it comfortably out of the air.
21' Egan makes a thumping clearance as the ball rolls loose into the box and accidentally catches the studs of Jota. The free-kick goes Ireland's way.
19' Doherty is the next Ireland player to earn a free-kick in his own half as Rafa tries to win the ball back. Ireland are defending admirably so far. They can't surely keep this up for the whole 90 minutes though.
17' Portugal go on the attack again, affronted by what has just happened. Fernandes swings a cross into the box from deep. Egan gets the header in and Cullen sweeps up at the second attempt. Connolly goes on a mazy run and gets nudged off the ball by Palhinha. It's a fair challenge.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Penalty Miss
15' Ronaldo's penalty was a decent one but it was at an easy height for Bazunu to reach. Not the most clinical effort from the Manchester United man.
G. Bazunu
Penalty Save
Republic of Ireland
15' BAZUNU SAVES THE PENALTY! Ronaldo shoots powerfully towards the left of the net but Bazunu guesses the right way and pushes the shot aside! The Portsmouth goalkeeper will be an instant hero in Ireland with that save.
13' YEP, PENALTY FOR PORTUGAL! After what feels like far too long, the referee re-enters the field of play and points to the spot! Ronaldo will finally take the spot-kick.
12' VAR has taken a look at the decision and has asked the referee to go over to the monitor to take a look for himself. On second viewing, the incident is more favourable to Hendrick but Fernandes did get his toe to the ball first.
J. Hendrick
Yellow Card
Republic of Ireland
10' Hendrick is booked for his challenge on Fernandes. There's a bit of argy-bargy between Ronaldo and O'Shea before the penalty is taken, which sees Ronaldo wafting an arm at his Irish counterpart. Naughty.
9' PENALTY FOR PORTUGAL! Fernandes goes down in the penalty area as Hendrick slides in to tackle. It looks like Hendrick might have got a touch on the ball but the referee points to the spot!
7' Ireland kick the ball long, hoping to get upfield that way, but Portugal's defenders are alive to the danger. Portugal have already gained control of this game early on.
5' Doherty wins a free-kick in his own half after being clipped by Silva.
3' Portugal start to assert their dominance straight away, winning two corners in a row off Ireland's left wing-back Doherty then O'Shea. Ireland survive. No doubt they'll be spending most of their time in this game defending.
1' And we're underway!
The two teams are out on the Estadio Algarve pitch. Portugal are playing in their red and green home colours. Ireland are in their smart white away kit with a green trim.
Ireland last visited Portugal for an away match in October 2000, drawing 1-1 in Lisbon. Portugal have lost just one of their last 38 home matches in World Cup qualifying, a 3-2 defeat to Denmark in 2008. Ireland, meanwhile, have won none of their last 13 competitive matches, scoring just five times during that run. If Ireland even score here, they'll take that as a positive.
There are three changes to Portugal's starting 11 from the team that lost to Belgium at Euro 2020. Cancelo, Fernandes and Rafa come in. Ireland make five changes from their 0-0 draw with Hungary in June as they start with a 3-5-2.
SUBS: Caoimhin Kelleher, Daryl Horgan, Ryan Manning, Harry Arter, James Talbot, James McClean, Jayson Molumby, Conor Hourihane, Andrew Omobamidele, James Collins, Troy Parrott.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (3-5-2): Gavin Bazunu; Shane Duffy, Dara O'Shea, John Egan; Seamus Coleman (c), Jeff Hendrick, Josh Cullen, Jamie McGrath, Matt Doherty; Aaron Connolly, Adam Idah.
SUBS: Goncalo Guedes, Ruben Neves, Otavio, Nuno Mendes, Anthony Lopes, Nelson Semedo, Joao Mario, Danilo Pereira, Joao Moutinho, Andre Silva, Domingos Duarte, Diogo Costa.
PORTUGAL (4-3-3): Rui Patrício; Joao Cancelo, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro; Bruno Fernandes, Joao Palhinha, Bernardo Silva; Rafa, Cristiano Ronaldo (c), Diogo Jota.
Ireland are already facing an uphill struggle to qualify for the World Cup finals in Qatar, having started their campaign with two disappointing defeats against Serbia and Luxembourg. No nation has ever qualified for the finals after losing their first two group games. While a win is unlikely, Stephen Kenny will want to see continued improvement from his team here.
Portugal return to international duty sitting pretty at the top of Group A after three games. Despite losing to Belgium in the round of 16 of Euro 2020, Fernando Santos' team have won 11 of their last 12 matches in World Cup qualifying and will be confident of keeping their good start going with a win over the Republic of Ireland.
Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group A match between Portugal and the Republic of Ireland at the Estadio Algarve.