Ireland hit United States for four as Ronaldo and Messi fail to fire

Ross McLean
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REPUBLIC of Ireland bounced back from their Euro 2016 qualification setback against Scotland to brush aside the United States 4-1 in a friendly clash at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin last night.

Hull City’s Robbie Brady netted twice as Anthony Pilkington and James McClean also registered for Martin O’Neill’s side, with Max Diskerud on target for the visitors.

The clash billed as a showdown between the world’s two finest players descended into a tame affair as neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi reappeared for the second-half of Portugal’s clash with Argentina at Old Trafford.

In front of just 41,233 fans, Portugal claimed a 1-0 victory over courtesy of a late header from second-half substitute Raphael Guerreiro.

Brazil claimed their sixth straight success under new coach Dunga by dispatching Austria 2-1 in Vienna, with Roberto Firmino proving the match-winner after Aleksandar Dragovic’s penalty had cancelled out David Luiz’s opener.

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