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

Qualifying round - Group F

Northern Ireland - Portugal
2-4
 

Northern Ireland - Portugal 2-4 - 06/09/2013 - Match page - FIFA World Cup 2014

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Ronaldo hits three as Portugal prevail in Northern Ireland

Published: Friday 6 September 2013, 22.00CET
Ronaldo hits three as Portugal prevail in Northern Ireland
Cristiano Ronaldo's treble took Portugal to victory ©Getty Images

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.

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Standings

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

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
  • Substitution
    90
    Rúben Amorim (in) - Ronaldo (out) (Portugal)
  • Goal
    83
    Ronaldo (Portugal) scores!
  • Yellow Card
    82
    Norwood (Northern Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • Red Card
    80
    K. Lafferty (Northern Ireland) is shown the red card.

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