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How To Watch Portugal v Ireland In The World Cup Qualifiers

How To Watch Portugal v Ireland In The World Cup Qualifiers
By Eoin Harrington
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Stephen Kenny's Irish men's team will look to get their World Cup qualification campaign back on track, but they face a daunting task against the might of Portugal in the first of this round of games. It's a hotly anticipated clash, and we have all the info you need on how to watch Portugal v Ireland in the World Cup qualifiers.

When is Portugal v Ireland?

Ireland take on 2016 European champions Portugal on Wednesday September 1st at 7:45pm Irish time.

Where is Portugal v Ireland taking place?

Portugal host Stephen Kenny's Ireland team at the Estadio Algarve. Ireland previously played here during the EURO 2016 qualifiers when it was used by Gibraltar, and came out as 4-0 winners.

Robbie Keane celebrates after scoring Ireland's second goal during the EURO 2016 Qualifier against Gibraltar at the Estádio Algarve, Faro, Portugal. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

How to watch Portugal v Ireland?


RTÉ 2 have the Irish rights to the game, and their coverage kicks off at 7pm, with Liam Brady and Didi Hamann on punditry duty.

Alternatively, Sky Sports are also showing the game live, with their coverage on the Sky Sports Premier League channel getting underway a little later at 7:30pm.


What's the state of play in the group?

The table does not make for pretty reading for Irish fans, with two losses from the first two games against Luxembourg and Serbia. The away game in Belgrade was one Ireland may have expected to lose, but the home tie against Luxembourg certainly wasn't, and it has left the team with a mountain to climb.

Portugal are sitting pretty at the top of the table, with seven points from a possible nine. Ireland will have a chance to make up some lost ground this week, with further games against Azerbaijan and Serbia to come, but it is looking a tall order when the might of Portugal are first up.

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