Ireland v Portugal: Team news, TV details and liveblog

John Egan PA Ireland v Portugal

Ireland are back in action on Thursday evening as they take on Portugal in their final 2022 World Cup qualifier at home in the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland come into Thursday’s game against Cristiano Ronaldo and co. with a point to prove after the heartbreaking defeat in Faro in September. The Boys in Green are also riding the crest of a wave, following two successive wins, scoring victories over Azerbaijan and Qatar during the last international break. Here are all the details you need to know ahead of another crunch clash for Stephen Kenny’s men who are searching for an unlikely third win on the spin. You will be able to see our liveblog, which will have regular updates throughout the match, at the bottom of this piece.

Ireland v Portugal.

After the Faro heartbreak in September, Kenny’s young guns welcome Portugal to Dublin with a point to prove against the Euro 2016 champions. Ireland took the lead in Portugal in September through a superb John Egan header, before some bad luck, and a mesmerising last-gasp show from Ronaldo broke Irish hearts. The Boys in Green, however, are unbeaten since then, recording two wins, and two draws in their four games following that heroic showing in the Algarve. While Ireland have lost their last two games against Portugal, they won on the last occasion they came to Dublin, securing a 1-0 win. Current Shamrock Rovers defender Joey O’Brien scored what proved to be the winner on that night in February 2005. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch Ireland v Portugal, including TV information, kick-off time and team news.

What TV channel can I watch the Ireland v Portugal match on?

Ireland v Portugal will be broadcast on RTÉ 2. Build-up will begin at 7pm before the studio hands over to the commentary team in the Aviva Stadium in time for a 7.45pm kick-off. The match will also be available to stream on RTÉ Player. If you’re living in the UK, or in Ireland but would prefer to watch it on Sky Sports, you can watch the game on Sky Sports Premier League. Their coverage begins at 7:3o pm.

Ireland team news.

Ireland head into Thursday’s tie against a star-studded Portugal with a relatively fit squad – but with one or two notable exceptions, however. Defender Dara O’Shea is out with a long-term injury he picked up in Faro. Elsewhere, Brighton’s Aaron Connolly misses out of the squad entirely with a ‘heel‘ issue. In regards to the rest of the squad, Alan Browne and Jayson Molumby are back. Gavin Kilkenny is the unfortunate casualty, missing out on his first Ireland senior call-up. For Portugal, however, they have the luxury of a full complement of players available to them, which includes Manchester City’s João Cancelo, Rúben Dias and Bernardo Silva. Man United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot have been called up alongside Liverpool’s Diogo Jota.
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Cristiano Ronaldo receives applause from fans in Dublin

Ronaldo had a quiet night by his standards at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday night, but even at that, he could have scored two goals.

One header flew by Gavin Bazunu, but looked inches away from going into the far corner.

Not long later, he whipped one in with his right foot, but it went past the far post this time.

After the game, a very young pitch invader approached Ronaldo, and tried to embrace him.

The Manchester United striker obliged, and hugged the child, who cried as she received his jersey from him.

Despite his relatively petulant antics throughout the game, the fans in Dublin definitely appreciated his kind gesture.

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Portugal down to 10!

Pepe sees red for a second yellow card.

He elbowed Callum Robinson, but felt himself that he did not too much wrong…

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Ronaldo goes very close…

I think everyone in the stadium thought that was in. Gavin Bazunu was at full stretch…

Still 0-0 here.

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Liam Brady wants more.

Despite keeping Portugal at bay for the first-half, Liam Brady is demanding more blood and guts from Ireland in the second 45.

He feels Portugal are there for the taking!

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Half-time at the Aviva Stadium and it's still 0-0.

Both sides have had big chances, with Ireland really growing into the game, but neither have found the back of the net.

Gavin Bazunu hasn't had to pull off too many top saves, while Shane Duffy has looked seriously impressive at the back.

However, Cristiano Ronaldo has looked lively, and won't need an invitation to stick the ball past the young keeper.

Chiedozie Ogbene went close with a header from a gorgeous Callum Robinson cross, but it went over the bar.

It's all to play for with 45 minutes left.

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