Portugal last matches had at EURO, where they were successful in the group phase, but in the 1/8 final, Belgium defeated them 1-0. In March, Portugal started the World Cup qualifications with seven points from three played matches before all that. They recorded a 1-0 win against Azerbaijan and 3-1 vs Luxembourg and had a 2-2 draw in Serbia.
Ireland didn’t play at EURO, so they used June for a couple of friendlies. Previously, Ireland started the World Cup qualification with two losses from two matches. They lost 3-2 against Serbia and 1-0 against Luxembourg.
The previous h2h match between Portugal and Ireland was played more than seven years ago. In that game, Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates won 5-1.