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11 June 2014

James McClean grabs his first international goal in defeat to Portugal.

James McClean was on target with his first international goal in the early hours of the morning for Republic of Ireland against Portugal at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

The goal came in the 52nd minute, pulling Ireland back to 1-3, with McClean, making his 23rd international appearance, was replaced on 67 minutes by Anthony Pilkington.

Martin O'Neill's side suffered defeat in their fourth and final international friendly of the summer losing out 5-1 to Paulo Bento's strong Portuguese outfit.

Republic of Ireland's next fixture will see them take on Georgia in their first 2016 European Championship Qualifier on Sunday 7 September.

Following the game McClean shared his views on Twitter, saying:

"Devastated to be beaten by a big margin in the end, over the moon to get my first international goal though, it meant everything."

Photo credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images

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