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Madness in the Algarve. Portugal lost in the 88th minute to Ireland, in what was a defeat that complicated the qualifying group for the World Cup, but in the last minutes they appeared Cristiano Ronaldo with two heads to save the Portuguese team and, at the same time, become the national team’s top scorer in history. After his two goals, United striker surpassed Ali Daei with 111 goals.
Rui Patrício; Cancelo (Guedes, 81 ‘), Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro (Mendes, 62’); Palhinha (Moutinho, 73 ‘), Fernandes (Joao Mario, 62’), B. Silva; R.Silva (André Silva, 46 ‘), Jota, Ronaldo.
Bazunu; Duffy, O’Shea (Omobamidele, 35 ‘), Egan; Coleman, Hendrick, Cullen, McGrath (Molumby, 91 ‘), Doherty; Connolly (McClean, 72 ‘), Idah (Collins, 91’).
0-1 M.45 Egan. 1.1 M.88 Cristiano Ronaldo. 2-1 M.96 Cristiano Ronaldo.
Matej Jug (Slovenian). TA: Cristiano (96 ‘) / Hendrick (10’), O’Shea (33 ‘), Doherty (56’).
Estádio Algarve (7,900 spectators).
Portugal entered the game better with a strangely offensive starting eleven for what has been usual in the stage of Fernando Santos in front of the selection. Bruno fernandes and Bernardo silva, of interiors ahead of Palhinha, they were in charge of the construction of Portuguese football and they were seen receiving very low in much of the game.
Despite a more proactive approach, the result of the rival they had in front of them, Portugal was noticed that it suffers when it has to take the initiative of the match. The dominance did not turn into great occasions, beyond the penalty that Bazulu stopped Cristiano Ronaldo in minute 15. Little by little Ireland was finding the spaces behind the back of I cancel and Guerreiro, who played very advanced, and was creating danger on the goal of Rui Patrício.
Thus, although the weight of the first part was carried by Portugal, Egan He put the Irish team ahead on the edge of half-time with a powerful header from a corner. On a day when Santos tried to give more prominence to offensive football, the Portuguese were caught off guard in defensive transitions with a Palhinha very lonely in the center of the field.
In the second half, very little of the Irish team. They played their own game against the timer, continually looking for interruptions, and with great difficulty they managed to step on the opposite field with the ball under control. Portugal pressed from the exit of the changing rooms with everything, although they were diluted little by little with the passage of the minutes.
The Irish endurance exercise was tremendous and they came very close to achieving one of the most important victories in recent years for a team that was not in the last European Championship. But then the usual one appeared, Cristiano Ronaldo, to save Portugal with two house-brand headers in the last minutes of the game. Magnificent centers of Guedes, first and Joao Mario later, both changes of the second part by Fernando Santos.
In this way, Cristiano broke Ali Daei’s record and became the all-time top scorer of the national teams with 110 goals. Even so, a dangerous and unexpected draw for Portugal in a group in which it maintains the lead with 8 points but with a lot of equality.