Wednesday August 10, 2011 Friendlies Finished Aviva Stadium

  1. Euro 2012 qual. - Ireland and Croatia in bore draw

    Euro 2012 qual. - Ireland and Croatia in bore draw

    The Republic of Ireland and Croatia warmed up for big double headers in early September with a 0-0 bore draw at the Aviva Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Republic of Ireland
    • Croatia
    • FT Croatia defend the late free and there is the final whistle. A bore draw here at the Aviva Stadium.
    • 90+3 Simunic pushes Cox inside the Irish half. One last chance to pump a ball into the box.
    • 91' Dunne heads away a cross and corner from the left in quick succession.
    • 90' We are going to have three extra minutes.
    • 88' Well this is going to be a bore 0-0 draw unless we have some late drama.
    • 86' Dujmovic on for Vukojevic
    • 85' Poor again from Dunne – who sluggish mis-reads a pass and that allows Kalinic to get a shot away but it lacks power and Westwood saves. That is actually Croatia's first shot on target in the entire match.
    • 83' Simon Cox on for new club colleague Shane Long and Keith Tracey replaces Damien Duff.
    • 82' Srna with a low drive from the edge of the area goes wide - after good link-up play from Kalinic who has impressed since coming on.
    • 82' Ward slips through Robbie Keane but the Spurs striker was just offside.
    • 81' Simunic heads away the corner.
    • 80' Duff with a shot from outside the box – takes a HUGE deflection – could have gone anywhere and does go out for a corner.
    • 78' Ireland have a little spell of pressure after some good work from Long but again a killer ball is lacking.
    • 77' Terrible cross from Long after Gibson did well to win a ball back he lost near the right corner flag.
    • 76' Modric nearly gets on the end of a decent ball from Kalinic after a good move from the visitors.
    • 74' Ireland also made a change O'Dea for Whelan
    • 74' Two changes for Croatia: Kalinic for Vukojevic and Vrsaljko for Lovren.
    • 73' Richard Dunne misses a great chance for Ireland. Panicky defending from Croatia sees them fail to properly deal with a Duff free. It comes out to St Ledger on the right and he puts in a perfect whipped ball but Dunne mistimed his jump and head it near to the corner flag despite being found free in the box.
    • 71' Andy Keogh has a couple of chances to fire from the edge of the area with his left-foot but fails to pull the trigger.
    • 69' St Ledger back on as this match continues to trundle on at its uninspiring pace.
    • 67' Sean St Ledger got a bang on the head and is going to need some treatment.
    • 66' Duff popping up on the left again - overcooks his latest cross though.
    • 65' Ireland bring on Andy Keogh and Kieran Westwood for Stephen Hunt and Shay Given. Croatia bring on Ivo Ilicevic for Niko Kranjcar.
    • 63' Duff has to head away a Croatia cross into the box for a corner. Ireland warming-up some subs. Some fresh legs not a bad idea you feel.
    • 62' Bright looking attack from Ireland but a poor pass from Keane to Hunt ends things swiftly.
    • 60' Vukojevic gets past Dunne much too easily and then fires a decent looking strike but Hunt gets his body in the way and blocks. Dunne looks out of shape - a worry for Aston Villa that.
    • 59' Keane has a shot blocked on the area.
    • 58' There are plenty of adjectives you could use to describe this match so far – but "dull" is pretty all-encompassing.
    • 57' Worrying sight for Spurs (or maybe Chelsea) fans as Modric goes down holding his ankle for a moment – but he is fine.
    • 56' Srna puts in the free at pace and Lovren is free at the back post but he makes a mess of the shot as it is on his bad left foot. A chance though.
    • 55' Gibson now booked for going in heavy on Olic. Some afters too – think the Croatian players are unhappy with the tackle – probably as much because Olic has been out for so long as anything else.
    • 54' Modric tries a dramatic bicycle kick but he made a mess of it really and it went wide of the target.
    • 53' Drab stuff here really - has a 'pre-season' feel about it - Croatia still having most of the possession.
    • 52' Vukojevic booked for a cynical push on Keane.
    • 51' Strinic nicks the ball off Duff inside the box but then makes a mess of a pass when Croatia had a decent opportunity there.
    • 50' Ward does well to dive in and challenge Srna down the left.
    • 49' Kelly gives away a cheap free-kick when deep in the Croatian half.
    • 48' Gibson sees a potential pile-driver from distance blocked at close range.
    • 46' And we are back underway here at the Aviva.
    • 46' Change for Croatia - Olic on for his first game in nine months after injury. Eduardo comes off.
    • HT There is the half-time whistle. Croatia have bossed possession but both sides look as likely as each other to score. Croatia probably should have had at least one penalty though.
    • 45+1 St Ledger gets his head on the corner but he was under a lot of pressure and it goes well wide.
    • 45+1 Duff wins a corner as his shot is deflected wide.
    • 45' Keane skips past Lovren with ease and into the box but his shot is poor when it looked like a real chance – straight at Pletikosa.
    • 44' Vukojevic's turn to fire over an awful shot from distance.
    • 43' Nothing comes from the free…and there has been little excitement for the fans it has to be said.
    • 42' Ireland with a free down the left - chance for Ireland to whip a ball in. Duff out on the left now - he seems to have swapped wings with Hunt.
    • 41' Keane with chip into Duff inside the box – decent turn from the Fulham man but then he just gets crowded out looking for space.
    • 39' Glenn Whelan looks the sharpest Irish player out there. Probably has something to do with the fact that his season started a little earlier thanks to Stoke's Europa League campaign.
    • 38' Good move from Croatia ends with Srna picking out Kranjcar with a low cross, but the Tottenham can't keep his effort down under pressure from Dunne. Nice stuff from the visitors though.
    • 37' Croatia playing crisp passing football but without much of a cutting edge.
    • 35' St Ledger sticks his leg out and makes contact with the ball but it flies over the bar. He didn't know much about it.
    • 34' Another long ball sees Long get in behind - he then wins a corner off Lovren.
    • 33' Strinic gets past Duff with ease down the left but his low cross is poor and Ward clears. Those two will do battle again soon. Strinic plays for Dnipro in the Ukraine who play Fulham in the next round of the Europa League.
    • 31' Shane Long springs the offside trap to get a long ball from St Ledger. Lack of support sees him lose it but good work-rate from Long gets it back. Attack ends though when Hunt puts a cross straight into the hands of Pletikosa
    • 29' Given gathers a poor cross from Srna with ease.
    • 29' Awful shot from distance Kranjcar – he is usually great from that range.
    • 28' Mandzukic gets past Dunne at little too easily and puts in something that it not quite a shot or a cross and Ward clears.
    • 27' Ireland really enjoying a good spell now…. Lovren has just had to clear a low cross from Duff who is getting more and more into the match.
    • 25' Pletikosa now has to boot the ball out for a throw under pressure from Keane after an ill-advised back pass.
    • 24' Whelan and Duff combine well down the right - the former crosses and Long gets a decent header on target from near the peanlty spot. Easy enough for Pletikosa to save but more signs that Ireland are getting back into this match.
    • 22' Ireland just starting to get into the game a little bit more now.
    • 21' The ball nearly drops perfectly for Hunt in the box but then the angle just closes and he is forced to scamper back outside the box.
    • 19' Hunt now gives it away - poor passing again from Ireland.
    • 18' 61 per cent possession for Croatia so far. It feels like even more though. The visitors dominating.
    • 17' Attack ends after a terrible shot from Corluka. Just seen a replay of Eduardo's chance from 13 minutes and he was being manhandled by Whelan. So two penalty shouts for Croatia already.
    • 16' Ward gives the ball away cheaply for Ireland and Croatia can come again.
    • 15' Modric with a delightful ball over the Irish defence to Strinic who goes down in the box under pressure from Kelly who had his arms across the Croat left-back. Not MUCH contact but probably enough for a penalty – let off for Ireland.
    • 13' Eduardo gets a shot away off-balance from a corner and Shane Long has to clear away. Croatia getting closer.
    • 12' Robbie Keane breaking up the play deep in his own half – shows how deep Ireland are being forced to play.
    • 11' Croatia just starting to control possession a bit – playing it around with confidence.
    • 10' Slow enough start to this match - still waiting for it to take shape.
    • 8' Stephen Kelly has to be alert to clear away a dangerous attack with ex-Arsenal man Eduardo lurking.
    • 7' Modric with a superb cross-field pass to Srna but the Shakhtar man then overhits his cross.
    • 6' Hunt has the trainer out – his eye is bothering him after that clash with Srna – looks like he is going to get some eye drops in it. Ireland down to 10 for the moment.
    • 5' Good attack from Ireland. Duff burst down the right and fed Darron Gibson who took the ball nicely in his stride before firing a low shot on target from just outside the box. Too straight though and not enough power.
    • 4' Whelan plays a ball up to Long but poor control by the new West Brom man sees it get away from him.
    • 3' Srna's trailing arm catches Hunt in the face – he is shaking up a bit but will be fine.
    • 1' Ball drops to Hunt outside of the area and he tries a half-volley but he makes a mess of it and it goes well wide of the target.
    • 1' Croatia gets us underway...
    • 19:44 A minute silence for FAI National Council member Tom Hand before the match starts.
    • 19:43 Ireland wearing a new home strip tonight. It is actually striped – with two different shades of green. Croatia wearing their away shirt of blue with their famous red and white checks on the sleeves.
    • 19:42 Players coming out now – afraid to say that either 25,000 Dubliners have come in fancy dress as green seats or we have a half empty stadium.
    • 19:40 Finally got the Croatia team. Here you go: Pletikosa; Strinic, Simunic, Lovren, Corluka; Vukojevic, Modric, Srna, Mandzukic; Kranjcar, Eduardo.
    • 19:35 Still waiting for the Croatia team but I can confirm that Luka Modric does start.
    • 19:30 Shane Long will play for Ireland for the first time as a West Brom player. He signed for them on a three-year deal just yesterday. Baggies complete Long deal
    • 19:25 Croatia also have a big double bill next month too - away to Malta and then home to Israel. They are second in their group. Group F details
    • 19:20 Ireland of course have much bigger fish to fry next month when they play Slovakia at home followed by Russia away. Crucial games when you look at how their group stands. Group B standings
    • 19:15 Croatia manager Slaven Bilic revealed that his side 'even went to see the Pogues in Zagreb!' in preparation for tonight's game: "They were playing in a small open-air arena to about three or four thousand people. They are very popular - they are a world-class band," said Bilic. As someone who has seen them these last three years at the Brixton Academy I have to agree. A wild and crazy night guaranteed (if Shane McGowan shows up)
    • 19:10 Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has made it clear he expects to leave Tottenham before the close of the transfer window - but is giving little away about his potential destination. Keane expects Spurs exit
    • 19:05 A strong looking Irish team tonight despite the absence of Kevin Doyle through injury. Team: Shay Given (Aston Villa); Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Sean St. Ledger (Leicester City), Stephen Ward (Wolves); Damien Duff (Fulham), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Darron Gibson (Manchester Utd), Stephen Hunt (Wolves); Shane Long (West Brom), Robbie Keane (Spurs).
    • 19:00 Hello and welcome to our live coverage from the Aviva Stadium (or Lansdowne Road) for you purists. Thankfully no rioting in Dublin town so we have ourselves a game of football.
    • 17:45 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Croatia - we'll be here with all the build-up from around 7pm BST.
  • Summary

    • 73' Richard Dunne misses a great chance for Ireland. Panicky defending from Croatia sees them fail to properly deal with a Duff free. It comes out to St Ledger on the right and he puts in a perfect whipped ball but Dunne mistimed his jump and head it near to the corner flag despite being found free in the box.
    • 60' Vukojevic gets past Dunne much too easily and then fires a decent looking strike but Hunt gets his body in the way and blocks. Dunne looks out of shape - a worry for Aston Villa that.
    • 56' Srna puts in the free at pace and Lovren is free at the back post but he makes a mess of the shot as it is on his bad left foot. A chance though.
    • 45' Keane skips past Lovren with ease and into the box but his shot is poor when it looked like a real chance – straight at Pletikosa.
    • 38' Good move from Croatia ends with Srna picking out Kranjcar with a low cross, but the Tottenham can't keep his effort down under pressure from Dunne. Nice stuff from the visitors though.
    • 24' Whelan and Duff combine well down the right - the former crosses and Long gets a decent header on target from near the peanlty spot. Easy enough for Pletikosa to save but more signs that Ireland are getting back into this match.
    • 15' Modric with a delightful ball over the Irish defence to Strinic who goes down in the box under pressure from Kelly who had his arms across the Croat left-back. Not MUCH contact but probably enough for a penalty – let off for Ireland.
    • 5' Good attack from Ireland. Duff burst down the right and fed Darron Gibson who took the ball nicely in his stride before firing a low shot on target from just outside the box. Too straight though and not enough power.
    • 1' Croatia gets us underway...
    • 19:40 Finally got the Croatia team. Here you go: Pletikosa; Strinic, Simunic, Lovren, Corluka; Vukojevic, Modric, Srna, Mandzukic; Kranjcar, Eduardo.
    • 19:05 A strong looking Irish team tonight despite the absence of Kevin Doyle through injury. Team: Shay Given (Aston Villa); Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Sean St. Ledger (Leicester City), Stephen Ward (Wolves); Damien Duff (Fulham), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Darron Gibson (Manchester Utd), Stephen Hunt (Wolves); Shane Long (West Brom), Robbie Keane (Spurs).

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