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Egan's goal and Bazunu's penalty save give Ireland a brilliant start against Portugal

Bazunu denied the Portuguese star in the 15th minute.

LAST UPDATE | Sep 1st 2021, 8:25 PM

JOHN EGAN AND GAVIN Bazunu were early stars for Ireland as Stephen Kennyโ€™s team went ahead 1-0 at half-time in tonightโ€™s World Cup qualifier against Portugal.

john-egan-scores-the-first-goal-of-the-game Ryan Byrne / INPHO John Egan scores the first goal of the game. Ryan Byrne / INPHO / INPHO

Eganโ€™s first senior international goal arrived just before the break when he headed home a corner from Jamie McGrath to give Ireland the lead.

And earlier goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu had intervened with a brilliant penalty save from Cristiano Ronaldo.

As the Portuguese great chased the goal that would see him set a new international record, he was denied in the 15th minute when Bazunu made this stop to his right at the Estadio Algarve.

Ronaldo was level with Iran forward Ali Daei on 109 goals as he aimed to move ahead in this Group A qualifier and he did eventually achieve that with two late goals as Ireland suffered a heart-breaking defeat.

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