Match Preview | Portugal v Republic of Ireland

Match Preview | Portugal v Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland will look to secure back-to-back wins in the June window when they face Portugal in Aveiro tomorrow night...

Ireland secured an impressive 2-1 win over Hungary in their last match thanks to Troy Parrott's last-minute winner after Adam Idah headed home the opener in the first-half, which was then cancelled out by Ádám Lang just before the break. 

John O'Shea's Ireland side will be looking to build on the win as they prepare to face Portugal who are playing their last match before heading to the UEFA EURO 2024 finals tournaments in Germany.

Match Details

Fixture: Portugal v Republic of Ireland
Competition: International Friendly
Date: Tuesday, June 11
Kick-off: 7.45pm
Location: Aveiro Municipal Stadium
TV: RTE

Match Officials

Referee: Chris Kavanagh (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: James Mainwaring (ENG)
Video Assistant Referee: Jarred Gillett (ENG)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Lee Betts (ENG)

Team News

John O'Shea has reported a clean bill of health for the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of the international friendly against Portugal. All players trained on MD-1 at Gondomar FC with striker Tom Cannon in contention to make his Ireland debut and Jake O'Brien to make his first start after his impressive performance against Hungary.

MD-1 Press Conference v Portugal | Interim Head Coach John O'Shea

On Cristiano Ronaldo: “Look, we were fully aware of his talent, obviously, that night in Lisbon.

“But the player that arrived into Old Trafford, into Carrington, I’ve mentioned before many times, his dedication in terms of improving his technique every week, every day…

“Look, there was some tough challenges, not only in terms of the opposition he was facing, but also in the training matches. We were making him fully prepared for what the Premier League was going to be, the tests he was going to have to face.

“It wasn’t a surprise to me to see what he’s gone on to do because we saw how special a player he was very early.

“I’ve no doubt whatever plans or rotations Portugal will have to use him to maximise how far they get in the tournament, I think Ronaldo will be a key part of that, definitely.”

MD-1 Press Conference v Portugal | Midfielder Josh Cullen

On the previous 2-1 defeat to Portugal: "Yeah, obviously to concede two late goals against an opposition as good as Portugal was a tough one to take.

"We played really well and there are certainly lessons we can learn from that, we were penned back in during the second-half and sometimes you're able to hang on in there and get the result.

"When the opposition have got players the quality of Portugal have, you could get punished at any opportunity. Definitely learn some lessons from that game and hopefully build on what was a positive performance."

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Opta Facts - Portugal v Republic of Ireland

- Portugal have won four of their five home matches against the Republic of Ireland (D1), with the most recent one coming in September 2021 in a World Cup qualifier, winning 2-1 with a late brace from Cristiano Ronaldo.
- Republic of Ireland have won one of their last eight matches against Portugal (D3 L4), a 1-0 home win in February 2005 in a friendly.
- After winning each of their first 11 matches under manager Roberto Martínez between March 2023 and March 2024, Portugal have since lost two of their last three games in all competitions (W1).
- Republic of Ireland have lost three of their last four away matches across all competitions (W1), with their one victory during this period coming against Gibraltar in October 2023 (4-0).
- Portugal lost 2-1 to Croatia last week in Oeiras but they haven’t lost back-to-back matches on home soil since September 2015, losing to both Cape Verde and France.
- After beating Hungary last time out, Republic of Ireland could record successive wins for the first time since March 2023. Indeed, in friendly matches, they’ve lost just twice in their previous 13 such games (W6 D5).
- Diogo Jota has scored in each of his last two international appearances and could net in three consecutive outings for Portugal for the first time; the forward has been directly involved in six goals in his last six national team appearances (4 goals, 2 assists), as many as across his previous 16 games (3 goals, 3 assists).
- Adam Idah has scored in each of his last three starts for Republic of Ireland, against Netherlands, New Zealand and Hungary; the last player to score in four successive starts for the national team was Robbie Keane in June 2011.

Republic of Ireland Squad - Portugal

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth), Max O'Leary (Bristol City), David Harrington (Fleetwood Town).
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Wolves), Shane Duffy (Norwich City), Dara O'Shea (Burnley), Jake O'Brien (Lyon), Liam Scales (Celtic), Robbie Brady (Preston North End), Enda Stevens (Stoke City).
Midfielders: Josh Cullen (Burnley), Finn Azaz (Middlesbrough), Jason Knight (Bristol City), Jamie McGrath (Aberdeen), Callum O'Dowda (Cardiff City), Will Smallbone (Southampton), Mark Sykes (Bristol City), Mikey Johnston (West Bromwich Albion, on loan from Celtic).
Forwards: Sammie Szmodics (Blackburn Rovers), Adam Idah (Celtic, on loan from Norwich City), Troy Parrott (Excelsior, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Michael Obafemi (Millwall, on loan from Burnley), Tom Cannon (Leicester City).

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