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Football | Ramos hat-trick sinks Ireland in U19 Euros semi-final
Vitor Ferreira's penalty put Portugal ahead in the U19 Euros semi-final against Ireland. Live updates: https://t.co/4OrX8eiLA1 #U19EURO pic.twitter.com/V3t2dopgu5 — RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) July 24, 2019 Tom Mohan's team responded superbly, carving out two huge chances to draw level within a matter of minutes. Portugal have only conceded one goal in the competition, but suddenly looked extremely vulnerable. Firstly, Ali Reghba held the ball up superbly under pressure in the Portuguese box before flashing a low cross across the six-yard box. Celton Biai parried the ball out as far as the onrushing Barry Coffey, but his driven effort was miraculously blocked by Jaoa Pedro Costinha on the line. Ireland had another massive opportunity moments later, with defender Mark McGuinness side-footing an effort off the crossbar from 12 yards after an excellent pull back from Matt Everitt down the left channel. The game's second water break followed, coming at a bad time for the Boys in Green. Reghba won a corner shortly after the restart as Ireland continued to press, but Mohan's men were dealt a cruel blow in first half stoppage time. The impressive Ferreira lifted a cross to the back post, where Ramos awaited unmarked to nod into an empty net to give Portugal a 2-0 lead the break.
Disaster for Ireland as Ramos heads into an empty net to put Portugal 2-0 ahead in first-half injury time. Live updates: https://t.co/v02FPoB5XT #U19EURO pic.twitter.com/3XU96aKEue — RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) July 24, 2019 Ramos almost doubled his tally with a powerful header from yet another Correia cross in the sixth minute of stoppage time - there were eight minutes added on - but Maher showed good hands to make a diving catch. Festy Ebosele replaced the injured Ciarán Brennan for Ireland shortly before the interval, and Jack James was also introduced in place of Jack James early in the second half. Ramos had another good chance early in the second half, but failed to get sufficient power on his poked effort to trouble Maher after a low cross from the left wing. However, the 19-year-old made no mistake when another opportunity presented itself on the hour mark. Hodge was wasteful in possession in his own half and the defending champions punished Ireland ruthlessly. Mario pulled the ball across the box from the right flank and the arriving Ramos swept the ball emphatically into the top of the net to put the game beyond doubt.
Ramos has his second goal of the game, and the gap is now 3-0 to Portugal in the European under-19 semi-final #RTESoccer pic.twitter.com/ddDm4rCqRq — RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) July 24, 2019 Conor Grant replaced Barry Coffey as Ireland pushed for a consolation goal, and Tyreik Wright and Andrew Omobamidele were also introduced in the closing stages as the game petered out. Ireland enjoyed plenty of possession and territorial dominance in the final quarter, with Kameron Ledwidge forcing Biai to tip a ferocious free kick over the bar in stoppage time. Ramos then completed his hat-trick in the sixth minute of stoppage time to make it 4-0. The Benfica B attacker finished smartly at the near post after being picked out by Daniel Silva. Portugal will now face the winners of Spain and France in the final on Saturday. The 4-0 scoreline was a harsh end to a brilliant tournament for Ireland which saw Tom Mohan use over 30 players. Ireland were also without star striker Troy Parrott for the entire tournament after Spurs elected to keep the teenager with the club for pre-season.