Portugal vs Ireland LIVE: Stream, TV channel, team news as Cristiano Ronaldo STARTS World Cup qualifier – updates

CRISTIANO RONALDO will be looking to break the all-time International scoring record tonight when Portugal take on Ireland in a World Cup qualifier.

Ronaldo is currently sitting level with Iran legend Ali Daei on 109 goals for his country.

  • Start time: 7.45pm BST
  • TV/Live stream: Sky Sports Premier League
  • Portugal XI: Patricio, Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro, Palhinha, Fernandes, B Silva, R Silva, Jota, Ronaldo
  • Ireland XI: Bazunu, Coleman, Duffy, Egan, Cullen, Doherty, Idah, Hendrick, McGrath, O'Shea, Connolly

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When is Portugal vs Ireland?

  • This World Cup qualification clash is set for Wednesday, September 1.
  • Kick-off is at 7.45pm BST.
  • The two nations last met in 2014 friendly, where Portugal ran out emphatic 5-1 winners.

Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

  • You can catch all of the action live on Sky Sports Premier League.
  • Coverage will begin at 7.30pm.
  • If you're not a Sky customer, grab a NOW TV pass from £9.99 to stream on a number of devices.
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    PORTUGAL SUBS

    21 Lopes, 22 Costa, 2 Semedo, 8 Moutinho, 9 A. Silva, 13 Danilo, 14 Duarte, 16 Otavio, 17 Guedes, 18 Neves, 19 Tavares, 23 Mario

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    PORTUGAL XI

    1 Patricio; 20 Cancelo, 3 Pepe, 4 Dias, 5 Guerreiro; 11 Fernandes, 6 Palhinha, 10 B. Silva; 7 Ronaldo, 15 R. Silva, 21 Jota

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    IRELAND FORMATION

    Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny appears to have opted for a 3-5-2 formation against Portugal.

    Gavin Bazunu starts in goal with Shane Duffy, Dara O'Shea and John Egan in defence.

    Captain Seamus Coleman plays at right wing-back with Matt Doherty on the other side, while Jeff Hendrick, Josh Cullen and Jamie McGrath link up in midfield.

    Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah lead the attack

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    IRELAND SUBS

    16 Kelleher, 23 Talbot, 3 Manning, 8 Hourihane, 10 Parrott, 11 McClean, 12 Arter, 15 Horgan, 17 Molumby, 19 Collins, 22 Omobamidele

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    IRELAND XI

    1 Bazunu; 2 Coleman, 4 Duffy, 5 Egan; 7 Doherty, 6 Cullen, 18 McGrath, 20 O'Shea; 9 Idah, 21 Connolly, 13 Hendrick

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    THE TEAM SHEETS ARE IN!!!

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    HEAD-TO-HEAD

    Portugal and the Republic of Ireland's first ever encounter took place way back in 1946 during a friendly match that the former won 3-1 in Lisbon.

    Since then, the two nations have faced off a total of 11 times with the Portuguese winning a majority of six matches, compared to Ireland's three victories.

    The Boys in Green have a reason to feel optimistic against tonight's opponents as they picked up two draws and one victory in their four most recent meetings.

    The Irish national team stunned Portugal in a friendly match back in 2005 as they won 1-0 at home thanks to Andrew O'Brien's winner.

    However, Fernando Santos' men destroyed Ireland in their most recent friendly match in 2014 when they picked up a 5-1 victory

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    GOOD EVENING FROM PORTUGAL

    Welcome to our live coverage of the 2022 World Cup qualifier between Portugal and the Republic of Ireland at the Estadio Algarve.

    Fernando Santos' men are looking to seal qualification to the tournament's finals in Qatar as soon as possible following a rather hapless Euro 2020 campaign.

    Santos, though, will be without Leicester ace Ricardo Pereira, who suffered a hamstring injury at the weekend during the Foxes' victory at Norwich.

    Real Betis' William Carvalho, Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix as well as Lille's Renato Sanches and Jose Fonte are also not part of the squad.

    However, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo is set to start in what will mark his first ever match since his return to Manchester United from Juventus.

    Ireland manager Stephen Kenny, on the other hand, will be missing Celtic's James McCarthy and former Burnley ace Robbie Brady.

    West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph has also been left out, which means Kenny will have to choose between Manchester City loanee Gavin Bazunu, Bournemouth's Mark Travers and Liverpool's Caoimhin Kelleher to start between the sticks.

    The Boys in Green, though, have welcomed uncapped defenders Nathan Collins and Andrew Omobamidele, from Burnley and Norwich respectively, to the team for the first time

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