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Jonathan Walters Features In Republic of Ireland's Heavy Defeat

JONATHAN WALTERS was on the receiving end of a heavy defeat last night as Portugal finished their World Cup preparations in fantastic form by beating the Republic of Ireland 5-1.

Walters, who sat recent Republic games through illness, returned to Martin O'Neill's side as Stoke's only representative, with Glenn Whelan returning home due to a family illness and Marc Wilson missing out with a hamstring problem.

City's forward saw the Portuguese take the lead in only the second minute through Hugo Almeida before Richard Keogh deflected Fabio Coentrao's left wing cross over goalkeeper David Forde.

Almeida then added another before Wigan Athletic's James McClean pulled one back. Vieirinha and Coentrao added fourth and fifth goals after Walters was withdrawn for Shane Long in the 63rd minute.

The results means Ireland drew two and lost two of their post-season friendlies ahead of their UEFA Euro 2016 campaign in September.

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