Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to repeat his goal by scoring heroic goals against Republic of Ireland when his Portuguese side face them again tonight.
The Manchester United star scored two late goals to seal a 2-1 comeback victory for Fernando Santos’ side in the second leg in September.
Ireland only play for the sake of pride in front of their home fans already eliminated from qualifying.
Stephen Kenny’s men have collected just five points in their six games, winning only once against Azerbaijan in the last international break.
Ireland v Portugal: kick-off date and time
The match will take place on Thursday 11 November 2021 and start at 7.45pm UK time.
It will be held at Dublin 4 in the Irish capital.
The latter two last met in September, where a John Egan header put Ireland on course for a famous victory before Ronaldo struck twice late.
The Boys in Green have been undefeated in four games since that loss, while Portugal are currently one point behind Group A leaders Serbia with one game down.
Ireland v Portugal: how to follow
The match is broadcast on Sky Sports Premier League from 7:30 p.m.
Sky Sports customers can stream this live through the app using their mobile devices, tablets or computers.
Alternatively, you can buy a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £ 9.99.
Portugal vs Ireland updates will be live on talkSPORT throughout the evening.
Ireland-Portugal: team news
The hosts were forced into a late team change with Callum O’Dowda replacing Cardiff City striker James Collins due to injury.
Brighton star Aaron Connolly has not been selected, but Jayson Molumby and Alan Browne are both available after serving their suspension.
For Portugal, Bernardo Silva was sent off tonight after suffering an injury in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over rivals United on Saturday.
He joins Portuguese trio Anthony Lopes, Rafa Silva and Joao Mario to play no part in the November matches due to injury.
Nuno Medes is suspended, which means Joao Cancelo could continue at left-back with Diogo Dalot ready to start on the right side of the defense.
Ireland v Portugal: what was said?
Santos: “The most important game is against Ireland. We will build a strong team.
“It will be a difficult game, they proved in Portugal that they are a competitive team. They are supported by the public, they never quit the game, they never give in.
“They fight a lot and they know how to play, they showed it here. They are trying to try to play with an organized attack.
“After 15, 20 minutes we could have won 2-0 [in Portugal]. We had a penalty and a shot hit the post.
“The important thing to remember from this match is the period between the shot at the post and the end of the first half.
“We allowed a more broken game, attack and counterattack, which Ireland likes more and hasn’t helped our team. In the second half, the team reacted well and did not allow Ireland to create so many problems.