Portugal beat understrength Ireland in Under-19 Euro semi-final

The Republic of Ireland have been beaten 4-0 by Portugal in their Under-19 UEFA European Championship semi-final.

A hat-trick by Benfica’s Gonçalo Ramos did the damage in heat of up to 37 degrees in Yerevan, Armenia.

Vítor Ferreira’s 31st-minute penalty gave Portugal the lead after Joe Hodge brought down Joao Mario inside the box.

In the moments after the goal, Barry Coffey beat the Portuguese ‘keeper but saw his shot cleared off the line before Mark McGuinness hammered an effort off the crossbar.

The killer blow to Ireland’s hopes came in first-half stoppage time, with Ramos heading in a rebound after Mario’s cross drifted onto the crossbar.

Mario and Ramos combined for the third in the 59th minute before Ramos completed his treble with another stoppage-time strike.

Republic of Ireland Under-19s v Portugal:

Brian Maher (St Patrick’s Athletic); Andy Lyons (Bohemians), Oisin McEntee (Newcastle), Mark McGuinness (Arsenal), Kameron Ledwidge (Southampton); Joe Hodge (Man. City), Barry Coffey (Celtic); Ali Reghba (Leicester City), Brandon Kavanagh (Shamrock Rovers), Ciaran Brennan (Sheffield Wednesday); Matt Everitt (Brighton & Hove Albion).

Substitutions:
Festy Ebosele for Brennan (42′)
Jack James for Kavanagh (46′)
Conor Grant for Coffey (68′)
Tyreik Wright for Hodge (80′)
Andrew Omobamidele for Everitt (80′)

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