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Portugal vs Ireland – live updates



The Portugal team is also in. They’ve gone strong with Ronaldo, Pepe, Bruno Fernandes and Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix all starting. Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva is on the bench.

Portugal XI: Diogo Costa; Diogo Dalot, Antonio Silva, Pepe, Goncalo Inacio, Joao Cancelo; Bruno Fernandes, Joao Neves, Rafael Leao; Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Felix.

A view of the stadium which is just outside Porto. Our man in Portugal, soccer correspondent Gavin Cummiskey, had this to say about his trip to the Estadio Municipal de Aveiro:

“No public transport to the ground, just a massive carpark. Another white elephant on the edge of a small, city, built for Euro 2004 (which Portugal hosted). Same as the Estadio Algarve outside Faro, a giant stadium used by a division four Portuguese club.”

A view of the stadium where Ireland take on Portugal.

The team news is in. Ireland make three changes from the side which beat Hungary last week in Dublin. Jake O’Brien makes his first Ireland start after his debut last time out. He and Liam Scales replace Shane Duffy and Matt Doherty.

Further up the pitch, Troy Parrott starts after his match winning goal. He replaces Finn Azaz.

Unfortunately, our defenders did not follow Ronaldo sufficiently closely during Ireland’s last visit to Portugal, in September 2021 for a World Cup qualifier, so Ireland went from leading 1-0 in the 89th minute to losing 2-1, thanks to a late Ronaldo double that made him the highest scorer in the history of international football.

—  James McDermott

One big storyline to watch out for tonight when the teams are announced is the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo. Given his age, this could be a final international on home soil for Portugal’s most famous son.

James McDermott writes about Ronaldo and the history between the two countries below.

That Hungary game was a bizarre, turgid but ultimately successful affair. Adam Idah was Ireland’s lone source of attacking opportunities, Will Smallbone and co doing a good enough job of giving him opportunities.

The second half, though, was dominated by mediocrity on both sides. It took a breakaway goal from Troy Parrott in the dying seconds to hand Ireland a victory which neither side deserved.

That said, John O’Shea was understandably delighted to earn just his first win as an international manager. As he looks to change the FAI’s mind into taking his candidacy for the permanent job more seriously, wins are the best currency. If the FAI sticks to their public statements, though, this will be the final game of his interim tenure before someone else takes over ahead of the next game, which is against England in September.

Hello all and welcome to live coverage of the second international friendly of this summer window. After a smash and grab last week at home to Hungary, can Ireland follow up with back to back wins?

We’ll find out in close to two hours’ time. John O’Shea’s side are in Portugal, specifically the Estadio Municipal de Aveiro to take on another team which is Euros bound.

We’ll be building up to the action ahead of kick-off right here.

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