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Republic of Ireland v Portugal Live Commentary, 11/11/2021

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Aviva Stadium

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It's a decent showing for Ireland then, who are continuing to improve under Kenny. Portugal escape Dublin unscathed with World Cup qualification entirely within their hands. That's all for now. Goodbye!
Ireland drop to fourth in Group A due to Luxembourg's 3-1 win in Azerbaijan but that won't bother Kenny and his men too much. Portugal go top of Group A on goal difference. You can't blame them for having half an eye on their next game at home to Serbia which will ultimately decide who wins the group. This result means a draw will do it for them.
The game ends goalless but with green shoots of progress for Ireland. There were plenty of positives here for the hosts who were the better side and might even have won the game following Pepe's red card. Portugal were below par but always had a chance of scoring with Ronaldo on the pitch. In the end both teams will have to settle for the point.
90' + 7' FULL-TIME: REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 0-0 PORTUGAL
90' + 6' Bazunu prevents Ronaldo from stealing another win for Portugal at the last! The Ireland keeper dives low to stop the Portugal captain from finding the bottom right corner when a chance presents itself inside the six-yard box. It's just as well, as a draw is the very least Ireland deserve. And that's that!
90' + 4' Egan hoists the ball towards Keane in the box. It's retrieved by Hourihane and Keane impedes Patricio to stop him reaching this latest cross. Ireland eventually put the ball in the net but the goal won't count due to the foul on Patricio.
90' + 3' Moutinho takes the free-kick. The Wolves man swings it towards the far post but Bazunu has the situation under control.
C. Robinson
Yellow Card
Republic of Ireland
90' + 2' Doherty gives Portugal an unnecessary free-kick down their left by bringing down Felix. He's booked for the challenge.
90' + 2' There are cheers around the ground as Robinson is awarded the man-of-the-match award. It's deserved. He's been lovely to watch.
W. Keane
C. Ogbene
Republic of Ireland
90' + 1' Ireland substitution. The Wigan Athletic striker Keane replaces Ogbene.
90' Robinson flings another cross in from the left which Portugal clear. Both teams have five additional minutes in which to find a winner.
89' Felix wins a free-kick for Portugal near the halfway line. The visitors can't do anything with it though and Ireland go back on the attack. Portugal drop back and wait.
87' Patricio positions himself well to catch Hourihane's cross from the left. The Portugal goalkeeper has been a calm presence for his team while his teammates in front of him have lost their heads at times.
86' Ireland are starting to turn the screw now. Robinson's cross from the left is headed off-target by Idah who mistimes his jump. The ball eventually comes out to Doherty and Portugal hurry to block the right wing-back's shot.
85' Palhinha blocks Robinson's shot from range. Duffy sneaks the ball out wide to Ogbene whose touch lets him down.
84' Hourihane sends the free-kick into the danger zone and Patricio claims the second ball. Ireland should be emboldened now they have a man more than Portugual.
José Fonte
Rafael Leão
Portugal
83' Portugal are forced to shuffle things around now they're down to 10 men. The substitute Leao is sacrificed. Fonte slots in at centre-back.
81' RED CARD FOR PEPE! Quelle surprise. The Portugal defender receives his second yellow card and his marching orders for roughly elbowing Robinson near his own corner flag. Off you pop, sir.
79' Ronaldo cuts inside from the left and sizes up a shot from outside the box. It fizzes past the top right corner and out for an Ireland goal-kick. The Portugal captain is looking increasingly frustrated.
C. Hourihane
J. Hendrick
Republic of Ireland
78' Hendrick is next to go on. Hourihane takes his place in central midfield for Ireland.
J. McClean
E. Stevens
Republic of Ireland
78' Ireland make a few more changes. McClean replaces Stevens first.
76' Chance for Ireland! Ogbene centres the ball from the flank and Stevens blazes over from the centre of the box. Ireland are getting closer to breaking the deadlock.
Renato Sanches
Bruno Fernandes
Portugal
75' The anonymous Fernandes is also a goner. Sanches replaces him.
João Félix
André Silva
Portugal
75' Silva is the latest Portugal player to make way. Felix comes on.
75' Leao's pullback from the left is blocked by Duffy. Moutinho hoists a cross over Ronaldo and out for a throw-in.
74' Ronaldo goes up against Egan down the right and the Ireland defender stops the Manchester United man in his tracks.
73' Cullen sends the free-kick towards Duffy at the back post. Duffy stretches to nod it across goal but it's easy pickings for Patricio.
Pepe
Yellow Card
Portugal
72' Pepe joins his fellow centre-back Pereira in the book for handling the ball.
71' Hendrick's free-kick comes off Moutinho and is hooked away. Portugal have played slightly within themselves but are still looking sturdy at the back.
Danilo Pereira
Yellow Card
Portugal
70' Idah lays off to Ogbene who races away down the right. Pereira comes across and takes the winger out. That's a yellow card all day long.
68' Robinson shows nice feet to get away from Palhinha and tempts the Portugal midfielder into a mistimed tackle. The Ireland man has shown some silky skills here.
67' Hendrick drills the free-kick in centrally. It's intercepted and Portugal break. Silva fires in a cross for Ronaldo who glances a header just wide of the left-hand post! That's a let-off for Ireland.
65' Ireland hand possession straight to Palhinha who can't punish the hosts for their sloppiness. Egan pops the ball into Idah's feet and Pepe pushes the substitute over. Ireland free-kick.
63' Robinson, who's moved to the left of Ireland's front three, jinks down the left but can't keep the ball in play.
A. Idah
J. McGrath
Republic of Ireland
61' Ireland make an attacking substitution. Idah replaces McGrath.
59' Doherty hangs up a cross for McGrath at the far post. Patricio rises high to claim it first. Portugal go up the other end and Bazunu saves Patricio's low shot from distance.
58' Leao has slotted in on Portugal's left while Ronaldo has moved to the centre. The substitute tries a throughball for Fernandes who's offside.
João Moutinho
Matheus Nunes
Portugal
57' Matheus also heads off. Moutinho takes his place at the base of Portugal's midfield.
Rafael Leão
Gonçalo Guedes
Portugal
56' Portugal make two changes, having made little progress since half-time. Guedes heads off first. The AC Milan forward Leao comes on.
55' Ronaldo steps up and smashes his shot straight into Duffy's midriff. He signals handball by Duffy but it isn't.
S. Coleman
Yellow Card
Republic of Ireland
54' Coleman picks up a yellow card for blocking Silva's run. Ronaldo will fancy this free-kick from a centre-left position.
53' McGrath floats the ball in and the referee gives a free-kick for pushing. Pereira slips as Portugal try to play out from the back and Patricio saves Cullen's routine shot from range.
52' Doherty flicks a header on to Ogbene who beats Pereira in a footrace towards the corner flag. Pereira barges in and concedes a needless free-kick which McGrath will take.
50' Robinson tries to free Ogbene with a ball over the top. The Rotherham United man goes up against Pereira who wins the battle.
48' Ronaldo looks to beat Coleman around the outside but the Ireland captain stands his ground, sending his counterpart toppling to the turf. No free-kick.
47' Ogbene dribbles through the middle and is tugged down by Palhinha. Ireland switch the play from the free-kick and Pepe clears Hendrick's ball in. The flag goes up as Ogbene unfairly challenges Pereira.
46' Ireland get the second half going. No changes at half-time.
Ireland are offering a greater attacking threat these days. Kenny's men have scored 17 goals in their last 10 matches in all competitions, one more than they'd scored in their previous 24 matches. They'll fancy their chances of squeaking a victory here, given how well they've kept Portugal at bay. That said, Portugal still have the quality to turn the game on its head in an instant.
Ireland have restricted Portugal to very few chances while creating a few opportunities themselves. The CR7 to impress so far hasn't been Ronaldo but Robinson. It was a fairly humdrum first half, in truth, but Ireland won't mind a bit.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 0-0 PORTUGAL
45' There'll be two added minutes in this half. Ireland will be encouraged by how well they've fared so far.
43' McGrath switches the free-kick for Stevens who flings the ball into the box. Semedo prevents Hendrick from winning a crucial header. Ireland keep the pressure on and Ogbene heads wide at the near post from Robinson's cross.
42' Ireland press Portugal in the visitors' half and eventually force a turnover in possession. Robinson's caught by Matheus and Ireland get a free-kick in a central position.
40' McGrath's corner is again headed away. Portugal's own attempted attack up the other end doesn't end very well.
39' Ireland get a corner down their left. Portugal win the first header but Robinson keeps the chance alive down the opposite side. He knocks the ball against Silva to earn the hosts another corner.
37' Hendrick helps out his teammates as Ronaldo bears down on goal and hands Portugal their fourth corner of the game. Ireland deal with it easily enough.
36' Matheus shoots from the left of the box. It's blocked and Portugal's latest corner from the left is cleared by Ireland.
34' Robinson creates some space for himself on the edge of the box and goes for goal. His shot flies wide of the right-hand post.
32' Ireland earn a corner down their right. Egan heads over from it.
31' Matheus strides through midfield and Dalot swings in a cross from the left. Ronaldo goes for the header at the far post and is crowded out by Ireland defenders. It'll be an Ireland goal-kick.
C. Ogbene
Yellow Card
Republic of Ireland
29' Ogbene's clumsy connection with Pereira earns him the game's first yellow card.
28' Pereira goes for an aerial ball with Ogbene and catches a whack in the face from the Ireland winger's arm.
26' Ronaldo stays down after losing out to Doherty a moment ago. Ireland get forward and Patricio saves Robinson's effort from long range on the left.
25' Dalot reads Bazunu's pass out wide to Doherty and nips in to win the ball. Possession changes over a few times before Ireland stop Semedo's cross from the right.
23' Portugual press Ireland at the back and Cullen plays a stray pass straight to Pepe. The visitors look to capitalise right away by setting free Ronaldo, but their captain is offside.
22' Doherty arrives late to a loose ball and trips Palhinha. The free-kick goes Portugal's way.
21' Silva goes for goal from outside the box and fires way over to cheers from the crowd.
19' Ireland enjoy a spell of possession after getting in the way of Fernandes' shot. Hendrick sends the ball forward for Robinson to chase but the West Brom forward isn't on the same wavelength.
17' Ronaldo smashes the ball towards goal from distance and it's blocked by an Ireland defender. Ireland counter but can't find the right pass to test Patricio in the opposition goal.
15' Portugal move the ball through midfield without particularly testing Ireland. Kenny's men are defending well and holding their shape.
13' Portugal's corner is uneventful. The visitors have had 77 per cent possession so far.
12' Chance for Portugal! Silva gets on the end of a ball over the top to lash at Bazunu from a tight angle. The Ireland keeper pushes the shot aside to concede a corner.
11' Doherty takes on Dalot down the right and Pereira comes across to intercept. Ireland think they should have a corner but a goal-kick is given instead.
10' Dalot knocks the ball down the line for Matheus who keeps it in play. Ireland's defence blocks Silva's throughball.
9' Portugal take the corner short with Fernandes passing to Dalot. Guedes' shot from the left of the box is blocked and Bazunu catches Matheus' stray pass.
8' Ronaldo, who's greeted by boos by the home crowd, jinks past Coleman to get into the box. The Ireland captain recovers well and sticks a foot out to concede a corner.
7' Fernandes plays Dalot into space down the left but the full-back's cross floats over everybody in the penalty area. Portugal are getting settled on the ball as you'd expect.
6' Duffy nods the corner down for a teammate in the box but Portugal get the knockdown and hurriedly clear.
6' Ireland burst forward down their right. Pepe takes no chances and whacks the ball out for a corner.
4' Guedes limps away from an unfair challenge by Stevens. Santos raises his arms in exasperation at these early tackles by Ireland.
3' Matheus gets the first free-kick of the game as he's brought down by Hendrick.
1' The players take the knee and the visitors Portugal get this game underway!
The two teams come out on the pitch in Dublin and stand for their respective national anthems. Ireland are in all green while Portugal will play wearing all-white.
Ireland haven't hosted Portugal for a match since February 2005 at Lansdowne Road under Brian Kerr when they won 1-0 with a goal from Andy O'Brien. Portugal have lost three of their last five visits to Ireland and were fortunate to beat their hosts 2-1 in the return fixture in September thanks to two late Ronaldo goals. This could be a good tussle.
Ireland make three changes from their 4-0 friendly victory over Qatar last month. Bazunu starts in goal. Coleman and Cullen also come in. There are five changes to Portugal from their 5-0 victory over Luxembourg last time out. Semedo, Pereira, Dalot, Matheus and Guedes are the new additions.
SUBS: Ruben Neves, Diogo Costa, Diogo Jota, William Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, Jose Sa, Joao Felix, Rafael Leao, Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Jose Fonte, Renato Sanches.
PORTUGAL (4-3-3): Rui Patricio; Nelson Semedo, Pepe, Danilo Pereira, Diogo Dalot; Joao Palhinha, Matheus, Bruno Fernandes; Cristiano Ronaldo (c), Andre Silva, Goncalo Guedes.
SUBS: Jason Knight, Caoimhin Kelleher, Ryan Manning, Troy Parrott, Mark Travers, Callum O'Dowda, Conor Hourihane, Nathan Collins, Alan Browne, Adam Idah, James McClean, Will Keane.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (3-4-3): Gavin Bazunu; Seamus Coleman (c), Shane Duffy, John Egan; Matt Doherty, Josh Cullen, Jeff Hendrick, Enda Stevens; Chiedozie Ogbene, Callum Robinson, Jamie McGrath.
Portugal's chances of qualifying for next year's World Cup are very much alive as they can overtake Serbia at the top of Group A with a victory here. Fernando Santos's side have won their last five matches in all competitions and look the favourites to go on to win their qualifying group.
Ireland return to international duty no longer having a chance of making it to Qatar next year but with a sense of optimism. Stephen Kenny's men are looking to win three consecutive games for the first time since November 2016, having seen off Azerbaijan and Qatar in their last two outings.
Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Group A match between the Republic of Ireland and Portugal at Aviva Stadium.