Ronaldo in starting lineup for Portugal

The Associated PressJune 11, 2014
Ronaldo in starting lineup for Portugal
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo listens to the national anthems prior a friendly soccer match between Portugal and Greece at the National stadium, in Oeiras, near Lisbon, Saturday, May 31, 2014. The game was a warm-up match for both teams ahead the World Cup in Brazil. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo was among Portugal's starting 11 against Ireland in the team's final friendly Tuesday before heading to Brazil for the World Cup.

Ronaldo apparently is recovered enough from tendinitis in his left knee and a thigh injury.

Ronaldo last played in the Champions League final for Real Madrid on May 24 against Atletico Madrid, scoring the final goal on a penalty kick in the 120th minute of a 4-1 victory.

Portugal played two matches without its lead striker, drawing 0-0 with Greece and defeating Mexico, 1-0.

The Portuguese open the World Cup on June 16 against Germany, and also will face the United States and Ghana in Group G.