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Ronaldo hits brace as Portugal comfortably win by 3-0 againts Ireland

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Published: 12:56, 12 June 2024

Ronaldo hits brace as Portugal comfortably win by 3-0 againts Ireland

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 129th and 130th goals of his international career with Portugal as Roberto Martinez’s side signed off their preparation for Euro 2024 in style with a comfortable 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday (11 June) in Aveiro. Ronaldo scored twice after Joao Felix had given the home side the lead earlier on and it remained comfortable throughout.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal emphatically beat the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in their final game before Euro 2024. The 39-year-old's 129th and 130th international goals capped a successful send-off for Portugal, who dominated possession and the chances from the outset. Two good goals - both scored with his weaker foot - and an impressive performance all around on the occasion of Ronaldo's 207th international cap.

Joao Felix scored the first goal, after Ireland were caught sleeping at a corner, and if anything five half-time changes only grew the chasm between the two teams, despite three of those new faces being defenders.

Portugal head off to Germany on a winning note and face the Czech Republic in their first game of the European Championship on Wednesday at 1:00 am (18 June). Ireland's season is over, but the search for a new permanent manager continues to drag on.