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World Cup 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo back as Portugal beat Republic

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Ronaldo returns as Portugal beat Ireland

Cristiano Ronaldo made a successful return from injury as he helped Portugal warm up for the World Cup with a big win over the Republic of Ireland.

Ronaldo, 29, had missed Portugal's previous two friendlies with knee and thigh problems, but played for 66 minutes in New Jersey.

Coach Paulo Bento said: "It was important that he played and we would not hide it. It's good he is back."

Portugal open their Group G campaign against Germany on Monday.

Ronaldo did not score as Portugal eased to victory, but set up one of striker Hugo Almeida's two goals and hit the post with a first-half free-kick.

"He had a good match alongside what we did collectively," added Bento.

"Considering he has been without competitive football for a few weeks, I think he did well."

Almeida headed Portugal in front from a Silvestre Varela cross after only two minutes, and it was 2-0 when Richard Keogh deflected a Fabio Coentrao cross into his own net.

Portugal's Hugo Almeida scores against Ireland
Hugo Almeida scored two goals as Portugal, with Cristiano Ronaldo, beat the Republic of Ireland

Ronaldo's header was then saved by David Forde for Almeida to follow up and score before James McClean pulled one back for Martin O'Neill's side with his first senior goal for the Republic seven minutes before the break.

But Manchester United winger Nani came off the bench to set up further goals in the second half for Vieirinha and Coentrao as the Irish finished their summer programme on a low note.

"It was as tough a game as we expected it to be," said O'Neill.

"But it was also a game that I wanted us to participate in because this it is what it is about - playing one of the best teams in the world heading to the World Cup."

The Republic manager felt his team started "nervously" and said that two of Portugal's goals had come from his side needlessly gifting away possession.

"Those are the things that over the course of the European championships you have to try and cut out," he said.

"I feel it is not disheartening in the sense that it was 3-1 and if we shut up shop, it is 3-1 and it doesn't seem so bad.

"I am not too bothered. I have done this before at club level, trying to chase games and stay as positive as possible."

Line-ups

R. of Ireland

  • 1Forde
  • 2KellySubstituted forCoxat 75'minutes
  • 4Keogh
  • 24PearceBooked at 80mins
  • 17WardSubstituted forQuinnat 67'minutes
  • 7McGeadySubstituted forDoyleat 76'minutes
  • 25Hendrick
  • 8Meyler
  • 11McCleanBooked at 56minsSubstituted forPilkingtonat 67'minutes
  • 20HoolahanSubstituted forKeaneat 63'minutes
  • 14WaltersSubstituted forLongat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Long
  • 10Keane
  • 12Duffy
  • 13Pilkington
  • 15Green
  • 16Elliot
  • 18Quinn
  • 19Cox
  • 22Doyle
  • 23Lawlor

Portugal

  • 12Patricio
  • 20AmorimSubstituted forMiguel Velosoat 81'minutes
  • 14NetoSubstituted forPepeat 66'minutes
  • 13Ricardo Costa
  • 5Fábio Coentrão
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 6Carvalho
  • 16MeirelesSubstituted forAlmeidaat 65'minutes
  • 18VarelaSubstituted forVieirinhaat 73'minutes
  • 9Hugo AlmeidaSubstituted forPostigaat 66'minutes
  • 7RonaldoSubstituted forNaniat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Eduardo
  • 2Bruno Alves
  • 3Pepe
  • 4Miguel Veloso
  • 10Vieirinha
  • 11Éder
  • 15Rafa Silva
  • 17Nani
  • 19Almeida
  • 21João Pereira
  • 22Beto
  • 23Postiga
Referee:
Baldomero Toledo

Match Stats

Home TeamR. of IrelandAway TeamPortugal
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home6
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away10
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Portugal 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Portugal 5.
Attempt missed. Fábio Coentrão (Portugal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.
Attempt missed. Stephen Quinn (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Robbie Keane with a cross.
Offside, Republic of Ireland. Alex Pearce tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.
Offside, Portugal. Miguel Veloso tries a through ball, but Nani is caught offside.
Hélder Postiga (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland).
Offside, Republic of Ireland. David Meyler tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Republic of Ireland 1, Portugal 5. Fábio Coentrão (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nani with a through ball.
André Almeida (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Simon Cox (Republic of Ireland).
Foul by Pepe (Portugal).
Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Miguel Veloso replaces Rubén Amorim.

Booking

Alex Pearce (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Hélder Postiga (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Alex Pearce (Republic of Ireland).
Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).
Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).
Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Republic of Ireland 1, Portugal 4. Vieirinha (Portugal) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal following a fast break.
Attempt saved. Vieirinha (Portugal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nani with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Kevin Doyle replaces Aiden McGeady.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Simon Cox replaces Stephen Kelly.
Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by William Carvalho.
Foul by Hélder Postiga (Portugal).
Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Vieirinha replaces Silvestre Varela.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Rubén Amorim (Portugal) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Republic of Ireland) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross.
Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Stephen Kelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Anthony Pilkington replaces James McClean.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Stephen Quinn replaces Stephen Ward.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Hélder Postiga replaces Hugo Almeida.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Pepe replaces Luís Neto.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Nani replaces Cristiano Ronaldo.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. André Almeida replaces Raul Meireles.
Attempt missed. Silvestre Varela (Portugal) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Robbie Keane replaces Wes Hoolahan.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Shane Long replaces Jonathan Walters.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) because of an injury.
Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Stephen Ward.
Foul by Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland).
Silvestre Varela (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Jonathan Walters (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ricardo Costa (Portugal).
Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by James McClean (Republic of Ireland).
Attempt blocked. João Moutinho (Portugal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by James McClean (Republic of Ireland).
Fábio Coentrão (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Republic of Ireland 1, Portugal 3. James McClean (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan following a set piece situation.
David Meyler (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).
goal

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