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Republic of Ireland drew with Portugal

Republic of Ireland drew with Portugal

Republic of Ireland drew with Portugal

Republic of Ireland drew with Portugal

The Republic of Ireland’s encouraging recent form continued as they drew their World Cup Group A qualifier

with a sub-par Portugal in Dublin.

Cristiano Ronaldo had a frustrating night for Portugal, who saw Pepe sent off late on for two bookable offences.

Chiedozie Ogbene and Enda Stevens spurned chances, while Matt Doherty had a goal disallowed near the end.

With the Republic’s qualifying hopes already over, Portugal are tied on 17 points with Serbia with one game left.

Having looked on course for a famous win in Faro in September only to be sunk by Ronaldo’s late double,

the Republic had revenge on their minds in front of a noisy 50,737-strong crowd inside the Aviva Stadium.

Pepe’s 82nd-minute dismissal  the Porto defender earning a second yellow card for catching Callum Robinson

with a stray elbow offered the hosts a chance to earn a late win.

They had the ball in the back of the net in injury time, too, but Doherty’s celebrations were cut short by the referee’s

whistle after Irish debutant Will Keane was adjudged to have fouled Rui Patricio.

Portugal boss Fernando Santos arguably had one eye on Sunday’s crunch game against Serbia with Manchester City

pair Ruben Dias and while Republic boss Stephen Kenny will be heartened with a clean sheet against a side of Portugal’s potency,

the 2016 European champions  must deliver a point at home against the Serbs in order to seal automatic qualification for

next year’s finals in Qatar.

Ronaldo’s best chance arrived midway through the second half when he was picked out by a pinpoint Andre Silva cross from the right,

but after sneaking in between Jeff Hendrick and Coleman, the former Real Madrid man glanced his header inches wide with Gavin Bazunu beaten.