Windsor Park - Belfast 06/09/2013 - 20:45CET (19:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group F

Northern Ireland - Portugal
2-4
 

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Ronaldo hits three as Portugal prevail in Northern Ireland

Published: Friday 6 September 2013, 22.45CET
Northern Ireland 2-4 Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a 15-minute second-half hat-trick to crown an exciting comeback win for the Group F leaders in a game that featured three red cards.
Ronaldo hits three as Portugal prevail in Northern Ireland
Cristiano Ronaldo's treble took Portugal to victory ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Northern Ireland
Portugal

2

Goals scored

4

3

Total attempts

16

3

Attempts on target

12

0

off target

2

1

blocked

8

0

against woodwork

0

6

Corners

6

2

Offsides

0

5

Yellow cards

3

2

Red Cards

1

10

Fouls committed

5

5

Fouls suffered

9

Standings

Published: Friday 6 September 2013, 22.45CET

Ronaldo hits three as Portugal prevail in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland 2-4 Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a 15-minute second-half hat-trick to crown an exciting comeback win for the Group F leaders in a game that featured three red cards.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a 15-minute second-half hat-trick as Portugal beat Northern Ireland to move two points clear in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group F.

With his side trailing 2-1, Ronaldo seized the game by the scruff of the neck scoring two thumping headers and a fierce deflected free-kick to win a rain-soaked contest dominated by set pieces. Centre-backs Bruno Alves and Gareth McCauley had swapped first-half goals from corners before Hélder Postiga (43) was dismissed; Jamie Ward (52) put the home side in front seven minutes after half-time before a red card for Chris Brunt turned the tide of an entertaining affair.

Alves' opener set the tone, his soft volley from João Moutinho's semi-cleared corner deceiving Roy Carroll to nestle in the bottom corner. McAuley levelled matters, though, springing at the near post to plant a firm header inside the far upright.

Momentum swung towards the hosts when Postiga was sent off for violent conduct on the cusp of half-time, and Northern Ireland made the extra man count soon after; Jamie Ward forcing another corner past Ruí Patrício.

The thrilling match took another twist on the hour, though, as Brunt picked up his second yellow card. A suddenly buoyant Portugal dominated thereafter and Ronaldo showed his class to earn the match ball and decide the contest. 

The hosts' wounds were salted when Kyle Lafferty's late challenge made him the third dismissal of the evening with ten minutes left, finally ensuring the points would be going to Portugal.

Last updated: 08/05/14 4.38CET

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Lineups

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Portugal

Portugal

1Roy Carroll (GK)
Yellow Card62
12Rui Patrício (GK)
2Lee Hodson2Bruno Alves
Goal21
3Shane Ferguson
Substitution76
3Pepe
Yellow Card7
4Gareth McAuley
Goal36
4Miguel Veloso
5Jonny Evans5Fábio Coentrão
Yellow Card59
7Niall McGinn
Substitution67
7Cristiano Ronaldo (C)
Yellow Card43
Goal68
Goal77
Goal83
Substitution90
8Steven Davis (C)
Yellow Card32
8João Moutinho
9Martin Paterson11Vieirinha
Substitution65
11Chris Brunt
Yellow Card39
Red Card61
16Raul Meireles
Substitution55
16Oliver Norwood
Yellow Card82
21João Pereira
19Jamie Ward
Goal52
Substitution71
23Hélder Postiga
Red Card43

Substitutes

12Michael McGovern (GK)1Eduardo (GK)
6Chris Baird
Substitution76
22Anthony Lopes (GK)
10Kyle Lafferty
Substitution67
Red Card80
6André Martins
13Corry Evans
Substitution71
9Nélson Oliveira
Substitution65
14Rory McArdle10Licá
15William Grigg13Ricardo Costa
17Alex Bruce14Luís Neto
18Josh Magennis15Adrien Silva
20William McKay17Nani
Substitution55
21Michael O'Connor18Josué
22Rory McKeown19Antunes
23Conor Devlin (GK)20Rúben Amorim
Substitution90

Coach

Michael O'Neill (NIR) Paulo Bento (POR)

Referee

Danny Makkelie (NED)

Assistant referees

Davie Goossens (NED), Bas van Dongen (NED)

Fourth official

Kevin Blom (NED)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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