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Portugal almost burned in Ireland

As they say, whoever plays with fire gets burned … And it was about to burn Portugal at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The selection of the quinas, aware that taking a point of Ireland Sunday (8:45 p.m.) is worth it with a draw against Serbia, with which they now tie at 17 points at the head of Group A, played not to lose … And the shot was almost backfired with the expulsion of Pepe In 81 ‘, which he committed and in what way, his direct ticket to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Without Bernardo silva, to which Fernando Santos he wanted to give rest for having reached the concentration “with many games on top”, it was the sportinguista Matheus nunes who accompanied his teammate Joao palhinha and to the ‘red devil’ Bruno fernandes in the center of the field that the Portuguese coach put into play, who reserved several key men as Rúben Days or Joao Cancelo facing the final before Serbia.

In a first half in which the goalkeepers barely had work, a heeled shot of André Silva in the 12 ‘that Bazunu sent a corner and a center-kick from Callum robinson, the most incisive of the locals, who blocked in two times Rui Patrício they were of the little redeemable. TO Cristiano Ronaldo He was only seen to protest an arbitration decision and in an action within the area that covered well Seamus coleman.

After the resumption, the crack from Funchal woke up and in the 55th minute he had the clearest of the game by heading very close to the right post of the goal defended by Bazunu a center of André Silva from the right. In ’78, Ronaldo He touched the goal again and only three minutes later, Pepe saw his second yellow for nudging Robinson in the corner and made his team suffer unnecessarily against an Irish team that did not play anything, but took advantage of their numerical superiority to hang balls in the area in the final stretch of the match, forcing Rui Patrício to be used thoroughly from above.

Scare in addition

In 93 ‘, Doherty scored on a previously invalidated play a goal that would have forced the Portuguese to win at Serbia in Da Luz. Lack of Idah to Rui Patrício leaves Portugal to a single point of Qatar 2022 and prevented that, despite playing with fire, the kinas were burned.

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Ireland: Bazunu; Coleman, Duffy, Egan; Doherty, Hendrick (Hourihane, 78 ‘), Cullen, Stevens (McClean, 78’); Ogbene (Will Keane, 90 ‘), McGrath (Idah, 61’) and Callum Robinson

Portugal: Rui Patrício; Nélson Semedo, Pepe, Danilo Pereira, Diogo Dalot; Joao Palhinha, Nuno Matheus (Joao Moutinho, 57 ‘), Bruno Fernandes (Renato Sanches, 75’); Guedes (Rafael Leao, 56 ‘) (José Fonte, 83’), Cristiano Ronaldo and André Silva (Joao Félix, 75 ‘)

Goals: There was no

Viewers: 52,000 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin

Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain). He admonished Ogbene (29 ‘), Coleman (54’), Danilo (71 ‘) and Doherty (93’) and sent off Pepe (72 ‘and 82’) with a double warning

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