Ronaldo vs Ireland 2 header goals in the last minutes saved Portugal

Portugal start strong
Portugal dominated poss’ession in the early stages but found it tough to get p’ast Republic of Ireland’s deep lying defence. They we’re given a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 15t’h minute.

The visitors unsucces’sfully tried to play out from the back, Jeffrey Hendrick ta’king down Bruno Fernandes with referee Matej Jug poi’nting to the spot. There was a delay due to a VAR intervent’ion, Gavin Bazunu timing his leap to perfection as he d’ived to his right to save Ronaldo’s spot kick.

The Boys in Green be’gan to exert some pressure, but the most they could mus’ter was an Aaron Connolly shot that sailed high and wi’de.

Portugal should have tak’en the lead in the 27th minute, João Cancelo’s cross f’inding Diogo Jota whose header hit the post from point b’lank range.

Bruno Fernandes shot ove’r the bar before Ireland threatened once more, bu’t once again all they had to show for it was a wayward sh’ot from Connolly.

Ireland take a surprise lead
Josh Cullen released Con’nolly who raced in on goal, Rui Patrício coming off his li’ne to smother the shot and concede a corner from wh’ich Ireland went ahead.

Jamie McGrath’s delivery fo’und John Egan, the Sheffield United defender getting betw’een Cancelo and Ronaldo to head past Patríc’io.

Diogo Jota had two opportun’ities to equalise before the break, testing Bazunu wit’h a low shot before firing wide after being released by Pe’pe.
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