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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

  • 12Rui Patrício
  • 20AmorimSubstituted forVelosoat 81'minutes
  • 14NetoSubstituted forPepeat 66'minutes
  • 13Moreira da Costa
  • 5da Silva Coentrão
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 6William Carvalho
  • 16MeirelesSubstituted forAlmeidaat 65'minutes
  • 18VarelaSubstituted forVieira de Freitasat 73'minutes
  • 9Pereira de AlmeidaSubstituted forPostigaat 66'minutes
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoSubstituted forAlmeida da Cunhaat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Dos Reis Carvalho
  • 2Bruno Alves
  • 3Pepe
  • 4Veloso
  • 10Vieira de Freitas
  • 11Macedo Lopes
  • 15Ferreira da Silva
  • 17Almeida da Cunha
  • 19Almeida
  • 21da Silva 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Portugal 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Portugal 5.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fábio Coentrão (Portugal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Republic of Ireland. Alex Pearce tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Portugal. Miguel Veloso tries a through ball, but Nani is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Hélder Postiga (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland).

  9. Post update

    Offside, Republic of Ireland. David Meyler tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

  10. 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.

  11. Post update

    André Almeida (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Simon Cox (Republic of Ireland).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Pepe (Portugal).

  14. Post update

    Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. Miguel Veloso replaces Rubén Amorim.

  16. Booking

    Alex Pearce (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Hélder Postiga (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Alex Pearce (Republic of Ireland).

  19. Post update

    Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).

  20. Post update

    Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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