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Portugal outclass Republic of Ireland

Portugal outclass Republic of Ireland

Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice for Portugal as it comfortably beat the Republic of Ireland 3-0 on Tuesday (Jun 11) in its final Euro 2024 warm-up friendly. Joao Felix was also on target as Roberto Martinez’s side bounced back from a defeat by Croatia last week to build confidence for the tournament in Germany. Euro 2024 begins on Friday and Portugal's first match is against the Czech Republic on Jun 18, before facing Turkey and Georgia in Group F.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a fine double as a classy Portugal side signed off before Euro 2024 by comfortably beating the Republic of Ireland in Aveiro.

Joao Felix opened the scoring for a much-changed Portugal side in the first half, curling home after the hosts caught the Republic out with a short corner.

Ronaldo then fired an unstoppable effort into the top corner early in the second half and doubled his tally with a sweeping finish on the hour mark.

It was a perfect send-off for Roberto Martinez's side in their last warm-up game before their Euro 2024 opener against the Czech Republic on Jun 18.

It was a difficult evening for the Irish, who fell to a second defeat under interim manager John O'Shea.