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Ireland impress with a draw as Portugal’s Pepe is sent off

No goals and rare clear chances but nearly 50,000 Republic of Ireland Football World Cup audiences left the stadium satisfied after watching their team give as good as they got against a team who will be among the beloveds if they reach next year’s FIFA World Cup.

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Portugal will do that as winners of Group A if they evade defeat to Serbia. But they were obliged to depart from Dublin with a point after being flustered by Stephen Kenny’s bright Republic of Ireland Football World Cup team, who spent the final 10 minutes insistent for victory after Pepe was sent off for a second bookable offense.

“We’re proud of how the team played against one of the best teams in the world but we’re a little disappointed not to have won it,” said Shane Duffy

Republic of Ireland Football World Cup qualification faiths are long gone but this draw means they could finish third in the group if they win in Luxembourg, and that would be a fitting way to highlight the progress made since March’s home defeat by the same antagonism.

That was the base of a reign by a manager who is now stirring belief that his style of rebellion could work. This performance increased the likelihood of him being awarded a new contract to guide the Republic of Ireland Football World Cup team through the Euro 2024 qualification. To know more about FIFA World Cup Tickets click here.

“You can see how the team has evolved, I’m building a team here. We went through a really difficult period, but you can see what we’re doing,” said Kenny

Portugal still enforced the Republic of Ireland Football World Cup team to play without the ball for most of the first 20 minutes. That is not how Kenny likes it but a country of Ireland’s confines needs to know how to do it well. They did so.

By the end of the first half Ireland was passing and moving with buoyancy, causing plenty of discomfort to Portugal. Ogbene could have opened the scoring before the interval but headed wide from a cross by Robinson.

But Republic of Ireland Football World Cup team were the next to lurk, Enda Stevens lifting a shot over the bar after more excellent work by Ogbene. Then Pepe reigned himself out of the Serbia match, earning a second yellow card by tramping into Robinson, who reacted in a way that must have both irritated and rapt Pepe.

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