Before missing a penalty for Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed slapping Dara O’Shea.

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Before missing a penalty for Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed slapping Dara O’Shea.

In Portugal’s match against the Republic of Ireland, Cristiano Ronaldo had an interesting first half.

Cristiano Ronaldo was fortunate to escape punishment after cameras caught him hitting Dara O’Shea as he waited to take his penalty shot against Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifier.

Portugal was hoping to get one step closer to qualifying for the World Cup next year.

They also had a good starting lineup, with Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, and Diogo Jota all starting.

Early on, the hosts dominated possession, with Ireland desperately seeking to cling on.

When Fernandes was taken down in the box, Portugal had a wonderful chance to open the scoring.

After a lengthy review by VAR, Jeff Hendrick was found to have fouled the Manchester United midfielder.

Ronaldo was standing at the penalty area, ready to take the subsequent spot-kick, but he got into a spat with O’Shea.

Ronaldo retaliated by slapping O’Shea in the face after the Irishman kicked the ball away.

Ronaldo, who was 22 at the time, fell to the ground holding his face, but escaped punishment.

After checking Hendrick’s foul on Fernandes on the screen, the referee eventually directed to the spot once more.

Ronaldo had been waiting for some minutes for his chance to not only put Portugal ahead, but also to break the global record for international goals.

Prior to the meeting in Portugal, the 36-year-old was tied for 109 goals with Iranian icon Ali Daei.

However, Ireland’s youthful goalie Gavin Bazunu saved his penalty kick.

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