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Shane Duffy sent Cristiano Ronaldo 'back to Portugal' with a perfectly timed Cruyff turn during Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifying draw at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday.
The in-form Brighton defender helped secure a clean sheet against the 2016 European Champions at the national stadium this week, building on a fine run of form under Stephen Kenny.
Although Kenny's side remain 11 points off the top of Group A with just one game to play following the goalless draw, there was a positivity about their performance this week.
One memorable moment came as both sides were trying to grab a foothold, with Duffy in possession of the ball behind his defensive colleagues and Manchester United icon Ronaldo sensing a moment to pounce.
As the 36-year-old got close enough to lunge in for a tackle, his 29-year-old opponent completed a perfect Cruyff turn to beat his man and retain possession.
The skill is named after its creator, Johan Cruyff, and involves protecting the ball behind your standing leg and flicking it underneath with the spare foot.
Duffy, who won his 50th cap after the fixture, chose to praise his manager after joking that he wasn't sure where the skill came from.
He said of the skill while laughing: "I don't know where that came from. I panicked but it came off. Sometimes they come off sometimes they don't."
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One fan wrote on Twitter: "Shane Duffy sending Ronaldo for a hotdog and bullying him all night is top tier."
With a second adding: "Shane Duffy. Sending Ronaldo back to Portugal on a one way flight. No priority boarding."
A third added: "Who needs Ronaldo, when we have the big lad from Derry? Duffy absolutely bossed him all night long."
With a fourth saying: "Ronaldo pocketed by big Shane Duffy, you love to see it."
Manager Kenny, on the other hand, was left to rue a disallowed strike from Matt Doherty which would've provided a memorable winning goal.
He said: "In the second half I thought we were the better team. We played the better football overall and played very well in the second half. Obviously Portugal were still dangerous as their players are so good.
"We are disappointed we had a legitimate goal disallowed. There is no foul, there is no reason to disallow it."
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Manchester United FC
- Brighton Hove Albion FC
- World Cup
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