It was a superb performance by Portugal as they got a five star result against the Republic Of Ireland, surprisingly Cristiano Ronaldo did not get on the score sheet.
Ronaldo hit the the post, made an assist, and twice went very close to scoring from play as he showed he his fully fit for Brazil.
‘Yes, it was important that he played and we would not hide it,’ Bento said afterwards. ‘A player like Ronaldo is important for any team, and that’s the case for us. It’s good that he is back.’ said Portuguese coach Paolo Bento
“I thought we started nervously and that was something we wanted to try and avoid,” Martin O’Neill said afterwards.
“Two of their goals came from our possession which we gave away needlessly.
“Those are the things that over the course of the European championships you have to try and cut out.
“I thought we came to grips with it: we got the goal back and looked dangerous at times. We were still trying to chase it to get back to 3-2.”
Hugo Almeida grabed two goals in comfortable 5-1 win, Vieirinha and Fabio Coentrao were also on target. James McClean scored consolation goal for the Republic Of Ireland. Portugal will now face Germany on Monday in their first World Cup match.
PORTUGAL (4-3-3): R Patricio; R Amorim, R Costa, L Neto, F Coentrao; William, J Moutinho, R Meireles; Varela, H Almeida, Cristiano Ronaldo (capt).
Subs: Nani for Ronaldo; A Almeida for Meireles; H Postiga for H Almeida; Pepe for Neto (all 65); Vieirinha for Varela (73); M Veloso for Amorim (81).
IRELAND (4-4-1-1): D Forde; S Kelly, R Keogh, A Pearce, S Ward; A McGeady, D Meyler, J Hendrick, J McLean; J Walters (capt), W Hoolahan.
Subs: R Keane for Hoolahan; S Long for Walters (both 63); S Quinn for Ward; A Pilkington for McLean (both 67); K Doyle for Kelly (75); S Cox for McGeady (75).
Referee: Baldomero Toledo (USA).