World Cup qualifiers: Ireland 0-0 Portugal LIVE – Latest updates: Cristiano Ronaldo goes down



Portugal currently sit second in Group A in the UEFA qualifying campaign for the World Cup 2022 with five wins and a draw in their first six games, so they’ll be eager to beat Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday evening (19:45 GMT) and usurped the group leaders, Serbia, who played one more game. Stay with us for all the preparation of Ireland vs Portugal in Dublin, then updates from the game itself.

Ireland 0-0 Portugal – LIVE SCORE

This is the start of our Ireland vs Portugal live blog, with our updates of this qualifying for the World Cup from here. As always, the entries closest to the top are the most recent.

Minute 8: Until now from start to finish

Ireland and Portugal have had decent attacks here, but neither Buzunu nor Patricio have been tested.

Minute 3: Cristiano Ronaldo down suddenly

Cristiano Ronaldo fell after a tackle and took a little while to get up before limping a bit, but he seems to be fine.

7.45 p.m. BST: kick off!

Portugal kicked off here at the Aviva Stadium. Stay with us for updates from Ireland vs Portugal.

7.40 p.m .: Cristiano Ronaldo’s challenge

Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping to be on the scoresheet against Ireland tonight, and it should be noted that he only needs two more goals to bring his tally to 800 for club and country.

19:20 BST: When Ireland and Portugal last played

Portugal hosted Ireland on September 2 and had to rely on the magic of Cristiano Ronaldo to win the game. Remember how the game went in this highlight set below.

7:00 p.m. BST: thoughts of the Irish manager

Ireland boss Stephen Kenny spoke to the country’s official media ahead of tonight’s game and made sure to congratulate the fans, who will be needed if they are to achieve a shock result against Portugal .

18:35 BST: And Portugal too

Portugal chose not to risk Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo and Diogo Jota, all in yellow.

Starting eleven from Portugal (4-3-3): Rui Patricio; Nelson Semedo, Pepe, Danilo Pereira, Diogo Dalot; Matheus Nunes, Joao Palhinha, Bruno Fernandes; Goncalo Guedes, André Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo.

6:25 p.m. BST: Irish XI announced

Stephen Kenny chose a line-up that includes Chiedozie Ogbene and Enda Stevens over James McClean.

Ireland’s starting lineup (3-4-3): Gavin Bazunu; Seamus Coleman, Shane Duffy, John Egan; Matt Doherty, Jeff Hendrick, Josh Cullen, Enda Stevens; Jamie McGrath, Callum Robinson, Chiedozie Ogbene.

6:00 p.m. BST: what group A looks like

As Azerbaijan and Luxembourg face off right now, scoring 0-0 at halftime as of this writing, this is what Group A looks like now. Serbia have played one more game than Portugal and are playing a friendly against Qatar, so Cristiano Ronaldo and his colleagues will have the chance to take the win against Ireland tonight.

5.30 p.m. BST: full house expected at the Aviva

There should be a crowd of over 50,000 for tonight’s clash between Ireland and Portugal, as the Aviva Stadium has sold out its 51,700 seats.

5:00 p.m. BST: Will Cristiano Ronaldo haunt Ireland again?

When Portugal and Ireland met in the Algarve on September 1, two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo late in the second half saw Portugal turn things around and claim a 2-1 victory. Ronaldo’s two goals saw him become the all-time top international scorer with 111 goals, and since then he has added four more. Will he add to his record against Ireland tonight?

16:30 BST: Where to watch Ireland vs Portugal

Tonight’s match between Ireland and Portugal starts at 7:45 p.m. GMT, or 8:45 p.m. CET for those in Central Europe, 2:45 p.m. ET and 11:45 a.m. PT.

  • Ghana: DStv Now, StarTimes app, Startimes World Football, Startimes Sports Premium, SuperSport MaXimo 1, SuperSport Premier League ROA.
  • India: SONY TEN 2 HD, Sony LIV, JioTV, SONY TEN 2.
  • International: UEFA.tv.
  • Ireland: Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football, RTE 2, SKY GO Extra, RTE Player.
  • Nigeria: StarTimes app, DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League Nigeria, Startimes Sports Premium, Startimes World Football, SuperSport MaXimo 1.
  • UK: Sky Sports Main Event, SKY GO Extra, Sky Sports Football.
  • United States: TUDN.com, ESPN +, TUDNxtra, TUDN app.

16:00 BST: Ireland vs Portugal line-ups scheduled

Ireland have Alan Browne and Jayson Molumby available again after the suspension, while Callum Robinson will be hoping to maintain his fine scoring form since the last international break. Portugal, meanwhile, is deprived of Nuno Mendes, suspended, and Bernardo Silva, injured.

Starting eleven planned for Ireland (3-5-1-1): Gavin Bazunu; Seamus Coleman, Shane Duffy, John Egan; Matt Doherty, Jeff Hendrick, Josh Cullen, Jayson Molumby, James McClean; Alan Browne; Callum Robinson.

Planned starting eleven from Portugal (4-3-3): Rui Patricio; Diogo Dalot, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo; Bruno Fernandes, Joao Palhinha, Joao Moutinho; Diogo Jota, Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Félix.


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