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Portugal, Ronaldo face Republic of Ireland in final test

Cristiano Ronaldo is finally training with Portugal ahead of World Cup play

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates his goal of Portugal during the international friendly match between Portugal and Croatia on June 10, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

SOCCERLY.COM: With one last tuneup before the World Cup remaining, Portugal fans have to be feeling good about the recent news that Cristiano Ronaldo is finally training with the rest of team. This Monday's clinical bulletin was a only few lines long, and figured one name - goalkeeper Beto. Pepe and Raul Meireles also took part in this afternoon's team session, as Portugal gets ready to play the Republic of Ireland at Metlife stadium in New Jersey.

After watching Portugal's cynical performance against Mexico, it's hard to imagine Portugal will adopt the same conservative style Tuesday against Ireland. Don't expect the overall feel to change much, Paulo Bento will continue to manage the squad ahead of Portugal's first group stage game against Germany. ... read more at

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