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Callum Robinson Questions Decision To Disallow Late Ireland Goal Against Portugal

Callum Robinson Questions Decision To Disallow Late Ireland Goal Against Portugal

Ireland took an impressive point from their World Cup qualifier against Portugal on Thursday night - but man-of-the-match Callum Robinson thought that the Irish team were unlucky not to take three.

Ireland thought they had won it late on with an injury-time Matt Doherty goal, but it was ruled out for a contentious foul by Will Keane - and Robinson didn't see sense in the decision.

Callum Robinson questions referee after Ireland draw

Callum Robinson has been in flying form for Ireland since the start of this season, with the highlight of his time in green (or blue) so far a hat-trick against Qatar last month.

He took home the man-of-the-match award again on Thursday night after pinning back the Portuguese defence and going close to breaking the deadlock of a 0-0 draw on several occasions.

The closest Ireland came, however, was when a late goal from Matt Doherty was disallowed for a foul in the build up by Will Keane. Keane grappled with Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio for the ball - but it appeared as though both simply stood their ground.

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In his post-match interview, Robinson addressed the disallowed goal, and he wasn't happy with the protection given to Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

I don't know why. I think keepers get protected a bit - Gav [Bazunu] won't like that one! - I think they do. Will's just put his body in, there's no harm in that, and we've scored a goal.

The fact that Ireland were unhappy with a point after the game is a mark of how far Stephen Kenny's men have come. One point from two games against Portugal could easily have been six, and the stars on show underperformed, with Cristiano Ronaldo struggling to fashion much and Pepe being sent off in the dying stages.

Callum Robinson also recognised those positives in his post-match interview - and extended his belief that the team are firmly on their way up.

I thought we done great in the game. Obviously Portugal, the number of individuals, the quality they've got. Obviously Ronaldo but it's not all about Ronaldo - they've got Bruno Fernandes, top players, Felix comes on...we've done really well.

Obviously if we took one or two of our chances, we could have won the game.

It just shows how far we've come, to play against a top team and still have the courage to play our football. We had a numerous amount of chances where we could have maybe won it on the day.

I think it just proves how far we've come - the way we're going, up is the only way.

After the performance on Thursday night, it's hard to argue. Ireland are on their way back.

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Eoin Harrington

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