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James McClean of the Republic of Ireland challenges Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal during the friendly international at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Portugal 5 Republic of Ireland 1: Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed his return to fitness as Portugal completed their World Cup preparations with a comforta(...)

David Meyler and Wes Hoolahan during the Republic of Ireland’s squad training session in the New York Red Bull ground yesterday morning. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Maybe not quite the intoxicating scenes of 20 summers ago when the Irish and the Italians met on a famous World Cup afternoon in June but at least 50,(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (right) with physiotherapist Antonio Gaspar (left) and teamates Beto ( second left) and Raul Meireles (second right) during a training session at the New York Jets training centre in Newark. Photograph: Jose Sena Goulao / EPA

Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is struggling to be fit for Portugal’s opening World Cup match due to tendinitis around his left kneecap and is almos(...)

The Portugal squad train in   Obidos, Portugal. Photograph: Paulo Cunha / EPA

Manager: Paulo Bento Best finish: Third (1966) World Cup record: Played 26, Won 13, Drawn 4, Lost 9 History Surprisingly enough, th(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo shares a joke with teammates Fabio Coentrao and Pepe before their friendly against GreecePhoto: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Portugal, missing forward Cristiano Ronaldo because of a muscular pain in his left thigh, were held to a goalless draw by Greece in a pedestrian World(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (right) arrives at the team hotel  in Obidos, Portugal.  Photograph: Rafael Marchante / Reuters

Cristiano Ronaldo missed training on Friday and will sit out Saturday’s friendly against Greece after complaining of muscular pain in his left thigh, (...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo scores the only goal of the game  past Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson during their World Cup qualifying play-off first leg game in Lisbon. Photograph: Armando Franca/AP Photo

PORTUGAL 1 (Ronaldo 82) SWEDEN 0 This was not quite the high-velocity collision of twin attacking greats the build-up had promised. But by the end Cri(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo  celebrates beside team-mate Nani after scoring the winning goal against Sweden during the World Cup   play-off first leg   Lisbon. Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

World Cup play-offs review: A late goal from Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo was enough to give his side the edge in their World Cup play-off again(...)

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