Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Irish out to Spoil Party for Ronaldo

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Irish out to Spoil Party for Ronaldo

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NORTHERN Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has set his players the unenviable task of ensuring Cristiano Ronaldo's big day proves a damp squib at the Dragao Stadium.

The Portugal forward will win his 100th cap in tonight's World Cup qualifier and has unsurprisingly dominated the build-up, from the posters bearing his face around Porto to the majority of questions at every media briefing.

Whether that is down to his scintillating recent form - his two goals against Barcelona immediately prior to the international break taking his domestic tally to 14 in 11 games - or his imminent landmark is debatable, but O'Neill is hoping the week ends on a bum note for the Real Madrid man.

Asked what he expected Ronaldo to produce during the game, O'Neill said: "Hopefully very little! I would be happy if he has a really poor game and he is remembered for having a bad night on his 100th cap. …

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