Wednesday August 11, 2010 Friendlies Finished Aviva Stadium

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  1. Argentina ruin Irish party

    Argentina ruin Irish party

    Argentina spoiled the party at the Republic of Ireland's new Aviva Stadium with a 1-0 win as Angel di Maria struck the only goal of the game More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Republic of Ireland
    • Argentina
    • 90+1' The final whistle goes at the Aviva Stadium, and Argentina have won 1-0 with Angel di Maria's 20th minute strike spoiling Robbie Keane's party on his 100th cap! Thanks for joining us.
    • 90' Keane almost forces his way into the Argentina box once more, but that will be it for the match as the ball drifts out for a goal kick. One minute will be added.
    • 89' Demichelis makes a stunning challenge to deny Keane after the forward bustles into the box and prepares to let loose from close range - that was almost his moment!
    • 88' Milito is sprawled out on the turf after seeing the wrong end of Dunne's boot thrusted into his thigh, and the defender needs to calm down.
    • 87' Dunne clatters Zabaleta on halfway then throws the ball away, and there is two bookings in quick succession if the referee was in a different frame of mind!
    • 86' It's another very poor delivery from Duff as again his effort is cleared away by the first man, and Argentina can regroup.
    • 85' Duff is fouled outwide on the right after switching flanks, and he will whip over this free-kick.
    • 84' Gibson is putting himself about, as it Keogh, and the pair jostle for the ball with Banega and Gago.
    • 83' Insua delivers a cross which falls to Green, and the midfielder clears upfield.
    • 82' Milito links up the play in the final third, but the forward has been pretty subdued so far.
    • 81' Lavezzi twists and turns once more before drifting a cross into the box which O'Shea clears.
    • 80' Zabaleta is seeing a lot of the ball out on the right and finds Mascherano in the middle.
    • 79' Demichelis and Gutierrez combine for Argentina, and the visitors are content to simply keep the ball.
    • 78' Gago and Insua combine once more, and it is patient play from Argentina.
    • 77' Treacy gets down the left once more, and Keogh almost latches on to it, only for Samuel to turn the ball behind for a goal kick!
    • 76' Cunningham finds Treacy, but his cross is turned away by Romero.
    • 75' Duff commits a foul on halfway as the match becomes rather scrappy in midfield.
    • 74' Keith Tracey is the latest to be introduced as the flurry of substitutions shows no sign of abating.
    • 73' The goalscorer Angel di Maria departs now as Newcastle's Jonas Gutierrez comes on in his rightful midfield berth (note, Diego Maradona)!
    • 72' Keane continues to look a livewire in the Argentina half, but the forward cannot threaten the visitors' goal.
    • 71' Duff fires a rasping strike on goal after good hold up play from Keane, but Sergio Romero is not troubled as he makes the save.
    • 70' Keogh battles with Demichelis in the Argentina half, but the Wolves man comes out second best. Insua replaces Heinze, meanwhile.
    • 69' Gago continues to look very impressive this evening as the midfielder pulls the strings for his side.
    • 68' Argentina continue to keep the ball with consummate ease as Ireland are forced to sit back and soak up the pressure once more.
    • 67' Keith Andrews makes way as Darron Gibson is introduced by Tardelli, and the Manchester United midfielder has time to make an impact.
    • 66' Now that was cynical! Zabaleta commits a professional foul as he brings down Fahey, who had knocked the ball past him.
    • 65' Fahey is furious with the referee as his run is cut short by Heinze, but the midfielder soon realises his protests are falling on deaf ears.
    • 64' The free-kick is wasted by the winger, who takes it himself and that was straight at the first man.
    • 63' Duff buys a free-kick from Mascherano, and the niggly midfielder will eventually get a booking if he continues in this manner.
    • 62' Duff attempts an outrageous overhead kick in the Argentina box but, as is so often the way, doesn't even make contact as the crowd roar!
    • 61' Samuel concedes a corner to the delight of McShane and the Irish crowd, and that is justice in their eyes!
    • 60' Samuel barges into McShane, and the defender reacts immediately in anger - come on, fellas!
    • 59' Mascherano and Gago link the play once more for Argentina, and Lavezzi looks to make an instant impact.
    • 58' The atmosphere is rousing once more as the crowd sense that the hosts have a better chance now Messi is safely tucked away under a jacket.
    • 57' Oh well, Messi is withdrawn as the forward is replaced by Lavezzi, and he gets a standing ovation from the entire crowd!
    • 56' Kevin Kilbane makes way for young Greg Cunningham, and what an occasion this is for the youngster - he will be marking Lionel Messi!
    • 55' Andy Keogh comes on for Cillian Sheridan, and the Wolves striker will have a good thirty-five minutes to impress.
    • 54' The hosts' substitutes are warming up vigorously now and there will be a few changes shortly.
    • 53' Argentina keep possession calmly in their half as the visitors prepare to launch another attack.
    • 52' Messi takes the ball down superbly out on the right, but cannot pick out Di Maria with his attempted through ball.
    • 51' O'Shea gets down the right effectively for Ireland, before launching a far too deep delivery out of play.
    • 50' Messi continues to cause havoc as he scythes through the Ireland half at pace, only for Kilbane to intervene.
    • 49' Messi plays a stunning through ball to Milito, but the forward cannot gather the ball in his stride and dallies for long enough to allow Dunne to recover his poise.
    • 48' Duff and Green exchange passes in midfield as the pair look to give the hosts an early platform.
    • 47' Given bides his time over a goal kick as the keeper launches a long ball up to Keane.
    • 46' The second half is underway, and assistant manager Marco Tardelli resists the urge to make any charges at the break, while Argentina introduce Pablo Zabaleta and Diego Milito.
    • 45' The half-time whistle goes at the Aviva Stadium, and Angel Di Maria's 20th minute strike separates the sides.
    • 45' There will not be any added time at the end of this first half, and that is fine considering that it is a friendly.
    • 44' Samuel and Burdisso exchange passes at the back for Argentina, and the visitors play keep ball with half-time approaching.
    • 43' McShane flies into the box to latch on to Fahey's pass, and that was an enterprising run from the defender, but he must now get back!
    • 42' Kilbane halts Higuain in his tracks with a strong challenge, and that is good defending from the left-back.
    • 41' Messi drifts over the corner, with O'Shea beating Gago to a very mismatched aerial contest.
    • 40' Messi threads a gorgeous pass through to Higuain, but O'Shea reads it this time and concedes a corner.
    • 39' It is all Argentina now as the hosts are pushed back in their half and forced to soak up the pressure.
    • 38' Demichelis and Burdisso stroke the ball around patiently at the back as the visitors dictate play.
    • 37' Given is swiftly off his line as Heinze flies through on goal to receive Messi's pass, but it was fractionally offside.
    • 36' Green makes a sturdy challenge on Banega, and that is a good tackle from the midfielder.
    • 35' Gago continues to link the play with consummate ease at the heart of the Argentina midfield, and Fahey looks to get tighter to his man.
    • 34' Messi attempts an ambitious pass down the line to Di Maria, but Kilbane is quickly across to clear the danger.
    • 33' Clumsy! Dunne scythes through the back of Messi, and that was very heavy-footed defending from Dunne.
    • 32' Messi finds Heinze outwide on the left, but Dunne meets the cross with a powerful headed clearance.
    • 31' Sheridan is winning almost everything in the air, but Keane is feeding off scraps at the moment.
    • 30' Afiz thinks it will be 3-1 to Argentina, and Ireland press forward looking for that goal with Sheridan at the forefront of the move.
    • 29' Keane is full of energy as he chases down a long ball from Fahey, but it is aimless play from the hosts employing the long ball.
    • 28' Duff scampers down the left before he is hauled down by Gago. It was more clumsy than cynical from the Argentine, and the hosts have a free-kick.
    • 27' John L says he would like to think the new stadium has an atmosphere to match Dalymount Park - it is fervent this evening, that is for sure!
    • 26' Creaven91 urges Keane to make this a memorable night for Ireland, but Di Maria's strike has set the hosts back.
    • 25' Kilbane and Duff combine out on the left, but the winger's cross is too deep for Fahey to bring down under his control.
    • 24' Gago looks to slip a through ball into the path of the onrushing Di Maria, but Given is on hand to clear upfield.
    • 23' Argentina take their turn in passing the ball around mesmerically, and Ireland have to sit back and soak up the pressure.
    • 22' After that debatable goal, Ireland settle well and stroke the ball around in their half with Green and Fahey setting the tempo.
    • 21' The Irish players protest furiously as a result of the goal, but Paul McShane looked to have been playing Di Maria on side as the ball was touched into his path. It was very borderline - replays look to be in Ireland's favour!
    • 20' GOAL!!!!! DI MARIA GIVES ARGENTINA THE LEAD! Sergio Romero punts a huge goal kick up to Gonzalo Higuain, who gets a faint touch into the path of Angel di Maria, who unfurls an audacious first-time lob to beat Shay Given at his far post - a sublime finish!
    • 19' Kilbane fouls Samuel in the penalty area and Duff's corner is wasted as a result. That is really saying something is Samuel is awarded a foul!
    • 18' Robbie Keane gets his first touch in earnest as he takes down a long ball from Kilbane, and the striker does brilliantly to win a corner out on the left.
    • 17' Heinze races forward and finds himself with a nose bleed in the Irish half, only to fire a wild shot over the bar - a good run, nonetheless!
    • 16' Fahey makes a strong challenge on halfway to dispossess Banega, and that was the kind of tackle the Irish need to be putting in all evening.
    • 15' Messi takes the ball down superbly in his stride out on the right, but has his shot blocked by Kilbane, who stands his ground very effectively.
    • 14' Icantspiel is not a fan of McShane at all, and the defender is almost caught out as Di Maria skips past the right back, but has his shot blocked by the retreating Dunne.
    • 13' FACT: The Aviva Stadium cost 350 million and has an attendance of 50,000! The atmosphere is fantastic tonight.
    • 12' Higuain forces his way inside the Ireland box, but loses the ball to Dunne, who intervenes sharply.
    • 11' Mascherano carves down Andrews inside the Argentina half, and that was worthy of a booking in a more competitive fixture.
    • 10' Duff cuts inside from his berth out on the left once more, and the winger has his run cut short by Demichelis, who makes a smart challenge.
    • 9' What skill from Messi! The forward takes a high ball from Burdisso down in his stride before skipping past O'Shea with alarming ease and dinking an audacious lob over Given, but it drifts narrowly over the crossbar!
    • 8' Gago is pulling the strings for Argentina early on as he looks to thread an incisive pass through to Higuain.
    • 7' Javier Mascherano, whose Liverpool future is shrouded in doubt, makes a sturdy challenge on Andrews in midfield to regain possession.
    • 6' Damien Duff makes a bright run down the left before looking to cut inside, but the flag is quickly up for offside to halt him in his tracks.
    • 5' Dave thinks this will be a poor 1-1 draw, but the tempo is very fast at the moment as Paul McShane is stretched out on the right.
    • 4' Given boots a long ball upfield under pressure from Angel di Maria, and the ever composed goalkeeper finds Sheridan on halfway.
    • 3' John O'Shea is very sharply across to intercept a through ball from Fernando Gago, and that was bright defending.
    • 2' Paul Green gets an early touch in midfield, and it provides him with a chance to settle some nerves straight away.
    • 1' We're underway at the Aviva Stadium, and immediately Gabriel Heinze boots the ball into the stand for a throw in to the hosts.
    • 19:55 We are now just five minutes from kick-off, and the Republic of Ireland will kick us off with Keane to get his first touch from the off.
    • 19:50 Lionel Messi is the centre of attention, along with Keane, and it is a packed Aviva Stadium which is roaring on the hosts now...
    • 19:45 Right, the national anthems have been rattled through in a perfunctory manner with Keane holding his kid in his arms, and the atmosphere is electric!
    • 19:40 FACT: Keane becomes the fourth Republic of Ireland player to reach 100 caps after Kevin Kilbane, Steve Staunton, and Shay Given! Keane leads the side out with his son in his arms, and this will be an emotional night for the striker.
    • 19:35 The teams are in, and it will be Cillian Sheridan who is handed a starting berth in attack after Kevin Doyle failed a late fitness test, and the Celtic striker will partner Robbie Keane with the skipper earning his 100th international cap.
    • 19:30 Rep of Ireland: Given, McShane, Dunne, O'Shea, Kilbane, Fahey, Andrews, Green, Duff, Keane, Sheridan. Subs: Westwood, Foley, Kelly, O'Dea, Gibson, Keogh, Treacy, Stokes, Cunningham, Murphy
    • 19:25 Argentina: Romero, Demichelis, Burdisso, Samuel, Heinze, Mascherano, Gago, Banega, Messi, Di Maria, Higuain. Subs: Andujar, Insua, Bolatti, Tevez, Aguero, Gutierrez, Zabaleta, Coloccini, Maxi, Lavezzi, Milito, Pastore
    • 19:20 Interim Argentina boss Sergio Batista names eight of the side that started against Germany, the absentees being: Nicolas Otamendi, Maxi Rodriguez and Carlos Tevez.
    • 19:15 Commonsense does exactly that and cheers on both sides, and that is probably the best way to go! Corravoo says "Win this for Trapp!" while Gaucho thinks Argentina are "very demoralised".
    • 19:10 "(Trapattoni has been) suffering from nausea, which he believes may have been caused by shellfish he ate before he left Italy," the FAI said in a statement, adding the Italian was taken to hospital early on Tuesday as a precautionary measure after further vomiting. Read the quotes in full here
    • 19:05 Manager Giovanni Trapattoni is likely to remain in hospital over the weekend after undergoing minor abdominal surgery, and so Tardelli will take the reins for tonight's match. Read more here
    • 19:00 Republic of Ireland host Argentina in their first game at the new £350 million, 50,000-seater Aviva Stadium, with assistant manager Marco Tardelli in charge.
  • Summary

    • 77' Treacy gets down the left once more, and Keogh almost latches on to it, only for Samuel to turn the ball behind for a goal kick!
    • 49' Messi plays a stunning through ball to Milito, but the forward cannot gather the ball in his stride and dallies for long enough to allow Dunne to recover his poise.
    • 20' GOAL!!!!! DI MARIA GIVES ARGENTINA THE LEAD! Sergio Romero punts a huge goal kick up to Gonzalo Higuain, who gets a faint touch into the path of Angel di Maria, who unfurls an audacious first-time lob to beat Shay Given at his far post - a sublime finish!
    • 9' What skill from Messi! The forward takes a high ball from Burdisso down in his stride before skipping past O'Shea with alarming ease and dinking an audacious lob over Given, but it drifts narrowly over the crossbar!
    • 19:30 Rep of Ireland: Given, McShane, Dunne, O'Shea, Kilbane, Fahey, Andrews, Green, Duff, Keane, Sheridan. Subs: Westwood, Foley, Kelly, O'Dea, Gibson, Keogh, Treacy, Stokes, Cunningham, Murphy
    • 19:25 Argentina: Romero, Demichelis, Burdisso, Samuel, Heinze, Mascherano, Gago, Banega, Messi, Di Maria, Higuain. Subs: Andujar, Insua, Bolatti, Tevez, Aguero, Gutierrez, Zabaleta, Coloccini, Maxi, Lavezzi, Milito, Pastore

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • S. Given
      • P. McShane
      • R. Dunne
      • J. O'Shea
      • K. Kilbane Substitution Out (57′)
      • K. Andrews Substitution Out (67′)
      • P. Green
      • K. Fahey Substitution Out (77′)
      • D. Duff
      • R. Keane
      • C. Sheridan Substitution Out (56′)

      Subs

      • S. Kelly
      • J. Murphy
      • D. O'Dea
      • K. Foley
      • K. Treacy Substitution In77′
      • A. Keogh Substitution In56′
      • K. Westwood
      • D. Gibson Substitution In67′
      • G. Cunningham Substitution In57′
    • Starting line-up

      • S. Romero
      • M. Demichelis
      • N. Burdisso Substitution Out (45′)
      • W. Samuel Substitution Out (83′)
      • G. Heinze Yellow Card Substitution Out (72′)
      • J. Mascherano
      • F. Gago
      • E. Banega
      • L. Messi Substitution Out (58′)
      • Á. Di María Goal Substitution Out (75′)
      • G. Higuaín Substitution Out (45′)

      Subs

      • F. Coloccini Substitution In83′
      • M. Rodríguez
      • C. Tévez
      • M. Andújar
      • S. Agüero
      • E. Insúa Substitution In72′
      • M. Bolatti
      • J. Pastore
      • D. Milito Substitution In45′
      • P. Zabaleta Substitution In45′
      • J. Gutiérrez Substitution In75′
      • E. Lavezzi Substitution In58′
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