Watch: Portugal Captain Cristiano Ronaldo Gives His Jersey To Young Irish Fan During World Cup Qualifiers

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 Portugal Captain Cristiano Ronaldo Gives His Jersey To Young Irish Fan During World Cup Qualifiers

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo won the heart of a crying football fan from Ireland.© AFP

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo won the heart of a tearful football fan from Ireland when he gave his shirt to the girl after the final whistle of a World Cup qualifying match in Dublin. After a tough 0-0 draw against the Republic of Ireland, Ronaldo didn't disappoint his young fan who ran onto the pitch to get a glimpse of her footballing hero. In a beautiful gesture, Ronaldo removed his Portuguese shirt gave it to her along with a hug before making his way back into the tunnel. The girl was in tears as she received the shirt and hugged Ronaldo repeatedly.

@Cristiano con un nino después del partido.
Cristiano le dio su camiseta a la chica fan de Irlanda después de tiempo completo. pic.twitter.com/w8ArtK6AyR

— Elia M. V. (@emariahn) November 11, 2021— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) November 11, 2021

The night, however, didn't go as planned for Portugal who had to settle for a draw against an inspired home team.

Pepe received a red card eight minutes from end of the second half which summed up Portugal's lacklustre outing in a crucial tie.

This was Pepe's 14th red card of his career which he received for elbowing Ireland's Callum Robinson.

Both teams went toe-to-toe in an exciting game played in front of a packed Aviva Stadium. Portugal enjoyed 51 per cent of the possession to Ireland's 49 and were also just one shot ahead of their rivals in the shots on target count.

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After this draw, Portugal are positioned at the top of the group, just edging out second-placed Serbia on the basis of a superior goal difference.

Portugal will next face Serbia in the World Cup Qualifiers at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.

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