Friday October 8, 2010 Group Stage: Group B Finished Aviva Stadium

Republic of Ireland 2 - 3 Russia

  • Keane 72’ (pen.)
  • Long 78’
  • Kerzhakov 11’
  • Dzagoev 28’
  • Shirokov 50’

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  1. Euro 2012 qual. - Late rally fails to save Ireland

    Euro 2012 qual. - Late rally fails to save Ireland

    A late comeback could not prevent a 3-2 defeat for the Republic of Ireland against Russia in their Euro 2012 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Republic of Ireland
    • Russia
    • 90+4' The full-time whistle goes at the Aviva Stadium, and a thrilling late comeback has not been enough for the Republic of Ireland to salvage a late point with Russia claiming a 3-2 victory! Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+3' Advocaat is absolutely furious with his side's defending as he stands anxiously in his technical area, but Ireland now have a free kick.
    • 90+2' Gibson lumps a long ball into the Russia box, but Long cannot meet it at the back post.
    • 90+1' What a miss from Pogrebnyak! The forward ghosts into the Ireland six yard box completely unmarked, but somehow fails to convert Zhirkov's delivery with Given floored - astonishing!
    • 90' There will be four added minutes at the end of this second half, and a huge roar goes up once more!
    • 89' Kilbane slips in the Ireland half, but he gets away with his blunder as Arshavin's touch is poor.
    • 88' Arshavin misplaces a through ball to Semshov, and Russia keep the ball in Ireland's half.
    • 87' Pogrebnyak hammers a wild shot high and wide, and that is a poor effort at this stage in the game.
    • 86' The home fans are once again providing a fervent atmosphere as Russia waste the free kick.
    • 85' St Ledger fouls the sub Pogrebnyak, and that buys Russia some valuable time.
    • 84' The hosts pile forward in their droves as Long almost meets a header at the back post from McGeady's cross.
    • 83' The atmosphere is electric at the Aviva as Ireland continue to pile on the pressure.
    • 82' Given lumps another long ball upfield to Keane, but he cannot bring it down on this occasion.
    • 81' St Ledger gives the ball away sloppily to Arshavin, but the forward cannot find Semshov in the box.
    • 80' Russia replace Kerzhakov with the hulk that is Pavel Pogrebnyak, and he should hold the ball up better.
    • 79' McGeady gets down the right at pace, before Zhirkov deflects the ball behind for another corner.
    • 78' GOAL!!!!! LONG NETS IRELAND'S SECOND! Given lumps a long ball into the box, and McGeady's initial effort is saved by Akinfeev, with Long dispatching the rebound into the corner of the net with aplomb!
    • 77' Anyukov fouls Green on halfway, and that gives Given a chance to lump a long ball into the box.
    • 76' What a chance for Kilbane! The defender ghosts into the box to meet Fahey's corner, but his effort goes over the bar - it could so easily have been 3-2!
    • 75' Keane holds the ball up brilliantly, before the onrushing McGeady lashes a low drive on target which is deflected wide for a corner.
    • 74' The home fans are in full voice as their side keep possession, and Long has been superb since coming on.
    • 73' McGeady is tripped as he canters down the left, and the home fans are suddenly very involved.
    • 72' GOAL!!!! KEANE BEATS AKINFEEV! The forward sends Akinfeev the wrong way with a clinical finish, and Ireland narrow the deficit at the Aviva Stadium!
    • 70' It's a penalty for Ireland! Keane races through on goal before being tripped by Zhirkov, and the Ireland skipper will step up to take it...
    • 69' Kevin Doyle is replaced by Keith Fahey, and it has been a very frustrating evening for the forward.
    • 68' Ireland are chasing shadows in midfield at the moment as Russia keep the ball with consummate ease.
    • 67' Igor Semshov replaces Zyryanov, and the midfielder has been brilliant for the visitors.
    • 66' Denisov continues to provide a combative presence in midfield for Russia, and he dispossesses Green superbly.
    • 65' Darron Gibson is introduced now as the ineffectual Glenn Whelan makes his way from the field in a forlorn fashion.
    • 64' Kerzhakov is caught offside as Arshavin looks to slip him in behind St Ledger - a tight call.
    • 63' Lawrence is the man to make way for Ireland, and Long comes on to fill the right midfield berth.
    • 62' Lawrence whips over a testing delivery, but Berezutski heads behind well to alleviate the danger.
    • 61' Shane Long is about to be introduced for the hosts, and Ireland need some inspiration.
    • 60' McGeady is hauled down by Anyukov, and that was a cynical challenge which rightly earns him a booking.
    • 59' The home fans are becoming slightly restless now as their side continue to be unconvincing in possession.
    • 58' Zhirkov treads a lonely path down the left, and eventually O'Shea sweeps up at the back.
    • 57' Doyle is booked for a late lunge on Denisov, and that was a poor challenge from the forward.
    • 56' There is a lull in play as a flurry of free kicks are awarded, and the Ireland players are very frustrated.
    • 55' Both sets of fans are in full voice, and credit to the home supporters who refuse to feel disheartened.
    • 54' Given is furious with his back four again as Dzagoev wins a comfortable header in the box!
    • 53' Dunne concedes a corner with a strong challenge, but Ireland are being really stretched here.
    • 52' St Ledger drives a low shot from the edge of the Russia box, and Keane cannot stab the rebound home as Akinfeev parries.
    • 51' Ireland look pretty shell shocked after that third strike, and the hosts need something quickly.
    • 50' GOAL!!!!! SHIROKOV MAKES IT THREE! The midfielder brings the ball forward completely unopposed, and a speculative drive takes a vicious deflection off Dunne and beyond Given to effectively end this match!
    • 50' Zhirkov combines with Anyukov, and Russia are keeping the ball well.
    • 49' Russia break clear through Shirokov, and the visitors look very dangerous on the counter attack.
    • 48' Dunne does very well to bring the ball forward from the back, and Ireland break amid a huge roar!
    • 47' McGeady curls a pretty tame shot on target, and Akinfeev mysteriously punches the ball away unconvincingly - very unnecessary from the keeper.
    • 46' The second half is underway at the Aviva Stadium, and neither manager deems it necessary to make a change.
    • 45+2' The half-time whistle goes at the Aviva Stadium, and Russia lead Ireland 2-0 courtesy of goals from Dzagoev and Kerzhakov. What can Trapattoni do?
    • 45+1' Another very slick move from Russia culminates in Arshavin dragging a low shot wide of Given's far post.
    • 45' There will be two added minutes at the end of this first half, and Ireland are ending it in possession.
    • 44' Brilliant from Ireland! McGeady weaves his way through two challenges before sliding a through ball into the path of Keane, but his cut back eludes the onrushing Doyle!
    • 43' Ireland stroke the ball around at the back patiently, but the eventual long ball to Keane from Dunne goes awry.
    • 42' Doyle takes down a high ball in the Russia half, before drilling a low shot straight at Akinfeev, who makes a comfortable save.
    • 41' McGeady whips over the delivery, but Akinfeev is swiftly off his line to claim the high ball.
    • 40' Berezutski comes through the back of Doyle, and this will be an attacking free kick for Ireland...
    • 39' St Ledger fouls Dzagoev, who lashes the free kick high and wide as Given berates his defence!
    • 38' Lawrence is absolutely furious with Denisov, who stays down injured after a clash on halfway!
    • 37' Kilbane wins a free kick for his side, before Dunne rises high to head straight at Akinfeev from the resulting set piece.
    • 36' Lawrence trots back on to the field gingerly, and the midfielder is not looking very comfortable.
    • 35' Lawrence stays down in agony as he looks to have dislocated his finger, and that looks very painful!
    • 34' Keane forces Denisov into conceding a throw in with a bright run down the left, and that is fine work from the forward.
    • 33' Russia continue to dominate the possession with a barrage of pressure, and Ireland are firmly on the back foot.
    • 32' Zhirkov brings the ball down the left for Russia, who are brimming with confidence right now.
    • 31' St Ledger is booked for a scandalously late challenge on Dzagoev, and that was incredibly reckless!
    • 30' Anyukov is enjoying a lot of the ball down the Russia right, before Kilbane brings the ball away.
    • 29' Trapattoni looks very concerned indeed as he mulls over more shoddy defending from the hosts.
    • 28' DZAGOEV MAKES IT TWO! Anyukov streaks clear down the right, before squaring a low delivery across the six-yard box, which Kerzhakov dummies before Dzagoev lashes a fierce strike beyond Given!
    • 27' Denisov is booked for a late trip on Whelan in midfield, and that was worthy of the caution.
    • 26' Russia have scored their 200th goal in European Championship qualifying. Only Spain (238), Czechoslovakia/Czech Rep. (204) & Netherlands (203) have more.
    • 25' McGeady makes a great run down the left before dinking over a precise delivery, and that was fine play, despite Keane not being able to get on the end of it.
    • 24' Kerzhakov rather scuffs a low drive which drifts narrowly wide of the near post, and that was very optimistic!
    • 23' Denisov almost picks out Zhirkov with a raking diagonal ball, but Lawrence is quickly across to intervene.
    • 22' St Ledger makes a strong challenge on Arshavin, and the defender gets the ball impeccably.
    • 21' Kerzhakov fires a low shot from the edge of the Ireland box, and Given does brilliantly to save, before Kilbane concedes a corner - what a save!
    • 20' Keane goes down just outside the Russia box, but he was looking for that and the referee laughs it off.
    • 19' McGeady is tackled superbly by Zhirkov in the Russia half, and Arshavin breaks down the left...
    • 18' Keane charges through on goal once more, but on this occasion he cannot latch on to the delivery from Whelan.
    • 17' Lawrence wins a throw in down the right for Ireland, and O'Shea hurls it down the line as the hosts build.
    • 16' Macedonia have beaten Andorra 2-0 in another of the matches in Group B. View the table in full
    • 15' Lawrence wins a free kick in the Russia half, but McGeady's cross comes to nothing.
    • 14' Paul Green already has a Y! User rating of 10, and the midfielder makes another sturdy challenge on halfway. Rate all the players from the line ups listed below!
    • 13' Given lumps a long ball upfield as everyone continues to ponder whether the free kick conceded by Dunne was harsh or fair?!
    • 12' The marking is very shoddy from Ireland as Anyukov is allowed to swivel and fire a low shot on target, but Given makes the save.
    • 11' Doyle is fouled by Anyukov on halfway, and Ireland can take stock after conceding that early goal.
    • 10' GOAL!!!! KERZHAKOV OPENS THE SCORING! Arshavin whips over a free kick which Given can only parry, and slack marking from the Ireland defence allows Kerzhakov to stab the ball home from close range to score against the run of play!
    • 9' Dunne finds McGeady outwide with a decent punt, but the move breaks down and Russia can break.
    • 8' Advocaat is furious with the referee for something or other in his side's box, but he should be more concerned with the defending early on!
    • 7' Brilliant from Ireland! McGeady fires a shot on target which Akinfeev can only parry away poorly, and Keane's resulting chip comes off the crossbar - what a passage of play from the hosts!
    • 6' Zhirkov makes room down the left to good effect, but O'Shea shepherds him away to safety well.
    • 5' Paul Green makes a sturdy challenge on Denisov to haul down the midfielder, but that is good combative play.
    • 4' Roman Shirokov surges forward before driving a low shot wide of the far post - a good effort from the midfielder.
    • 3' Irishgus says: "With Armenia 3-1 winners over Slovakia earlier today the group is wide open and if Ireland can beat the russians we would be in a really strong position to progress. There is no outstanding team in this group and it must be our best chance for years to qualify." Well said.
    • 2' Doyle takes down a long ball from Lawrence superbly, but is unfortunate to not win a corner as he inadvertently gets the final touch.
    • 1' The first half is underway at the Aviva Stadium, and there is an almighty roar as Ireland kick us off.
    • 19:40 Keane becomes Ireland's third most capped player on his 103rd appearance, and we are about to get underway after the national anthems!
    • 19:35 The players emerge from the tunnel, and there is a vociferous reception as Robbie Keane leads out Ireland.
    • 19:30 Slovakia also had six points on the board after two games, but they have lost to Armenia 3-1 this evening - a big boost for Ireland ahead of tonight's match.
    • 19:25 There is a lot of love for Arshavin on the message board, while David predicts it will be a 1-1 draw. Irishgus says he would settle for a 1-0 win, and Daz Green believes a Robbie Keane-assisted Ireland will prevail 3-0.
    • 19:20 The teams are in at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, and Kevin Blom of the Netherlands is the referee for this evening's clash.
    • 19:15 Rep of Ireland: Given, O'Shea, Dunne, St, Ledger, Kilbane, Green, Whelan, Lawrence, McGeady, Keane, Doyle. Subs: Westwood, Fahey, McShane, Long, Gibson, Keogh, Cunningham
    • 19:10 Russia: Akinfeev, Aniukov, Ignashevich, Vasili Berezutsky, Zhirkov, Denisov, Shirokov, Zyryanov, Dzagoev, Arshavin, Kerzhakov. Subs: Gabulov, Alexei Berezutsky, Semshov, Pogrebniak, Bystrov, Bilyaletdinov, Bukharov
    • 19:05 Trapattoni lost Damien Duff to a calf injury earlier this week, but was able to report good news with Dunne returning to training. And the Italian duly named the centre-back in an unchanged starting line-up from the win over Andorra.
    • 19:00 Robbie Keane starts alongside Kevin Doyle despite being restricted to four games with Tottenham Hotspur this season. Keane's Russian team-mate at Spurs Roman Pavlyuchenko is out of the match due to injury.
    • 18:55 Ireland have assumed top spot in Group B with two wins from their two games so far, while Russia have played one, lost one. What is your prediction for this evening's encounter? Post your shouts below...
    • 18:50 Trapattoni's side is unchanged for the clash. Richard Dunne and Sean St Ledger will therefore take their place at the heart of the home defence at the Aviva Stadium.
    • 18:45 Republic of Ireland take on Russia in their Euro 2012 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin with Giovanni Trapattoni refusing to tinker.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' What a miss from Pogrebnyak! The forward ghosts into the Ireland six yard box completely unmarked, but somehow fails to convert Zhirkov's delivery with Given floored - astonishing!
    • 78' GOAL!!!!! LONG NETS IRELAND'S SECOND! Given lumps a long ball into the box, and McGeady's initial effort is saved by Akinfeev, with Long dispatching the rebound into the corner of the net with aplomb!
    • 72' GOAL!!!! KEANE BEATS AKINFEEV! The forward sends Akinfeev the wrong way with a clinical finish, and Ireland narrow the deficit at the Aviva Stadium!
    • 50' GOAL!!!!! SHIROKOV MAKES IT THREE! The midfielder brings the ball forward completely unopposed, and a speculative drive takes a vicious deflection off Dunne and beyond Given to effectively end this match!
    • 44' Brilliant from Ireland! McGeady weaves his way through two challenges before sliding a through ball into the path of Keane, but his cut back eludes the onrushing Doyle!
    • 28' DZAGOEV MAKES IT TWO! Anyukov streaks clear down the right, before squaring a low delivery across the six-yard box, which Kerzhakov dummies before Dzagoev lashes a fierce strike beyond Given!
    • 21' Kerzhakov fires a low shot from the edge of the Ireland box, and Given does brilliantly to save, before Kilbane concedes a corner - what a save!
    • 10' GOAL!!!! KERZHAKOV OPENS THE SCORING! Arshavin whips over a free kick which Given can only parry, and slack marking from the Ireland defence allows Kerzhakov to stab the ball home from close range to score against the run of play!
    • 7' Brilliant from Ireland! McGeady fires a shot on target which Akinfeev can only parry away poorly, and Keane's resulting chip comes off the crossbar - what a passage of play from the hosts!
    • 19:15 Rep of Ireland: Given, O'Shea, Dunne, St, Ledger, Kilbane, Green, Whelan, Lawrence, McGeady, Keane, Doyle. Subs: Westwood, Fahey, McShane, Long, Gibson, Keogh, Cunningham
    • 19:10 Russia: Akinfeev, Aniukov, Ignashevich, Vasili Berezutsky, Zhirkov, Denisov, Shirokov, Zyryanov, Dzagoev, Arshavin, Kerzhakov. Subs: Gabulov, Alexei Berezutsky, Semshov, Pogrebniak, Bystrov, Bilyaletdinov, Bukharov

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