Saturday May 26, 2012 Friendlies Finished Aviva Stadium

Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Bosnia-Herzegovina

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  1. Long header seals Irish win

    Long header seals Irish win

    Shane Long ensured the Republic of Ireland will head off on their Euro 2012 adventure on the back of a 1-0 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina. More

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    Time:90'
    • Republic of Ireland
    • Bosnia-Herzegovina
    • 90+3' Begovic claws out a Long header, but it matters not as Ireland complete a 1-0 win. A deserved win for their second half exertions.
    • 89' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Aiden McGeady has been named man of the match. Not bad for only 45 minutes.
    • 87' Chance for a late equaliser, but Alispahic slides a shot wide of goal. Poor, poor finish.
    • 86' McClean shaking his head after a final ball goes astray. Enjoyed a better first half, but has contributed to this win.
    • 85' Walters caught offside from St Ledger's header. Another fine corner by McGeady.
    • 84' Long tries to pick out Walters, but overhits the cross by some margin. Ball flies well out of play.
    • 83' McClean drives a shot against the wall. No joy there. Ireland almost home and hosed in this match.
    • 82' Alispahic replaces Mismovic for the visiting team.
    • 81' Dzeko caught offside when he was onside. Frustration as he blazes over the bar.
    • 80' Walters and Long inches away from connecting with the corner. The Irish fans suddenly enjoying their night out.
    • 79' McGeady plays in Walters with a lovely ball, but Begovic is out to make the save. Ireland coming good late on.
    • 78' McShane departs to be replaced by Stephen Kelly for the home side.
    • 77' GOAL! Long arrives to head home from McGeady's cross. Fine finish, and Ireland have the lead. 1-0 with 13 minutes remaining.
    • 76' Stephen Kelly seems set to get the nod ahead of Stephen Hunt, who looks far from pleased to be told to sit back down.
    • 75' McGeady goes for goal from distance. Plenty of movement on the shot, but Begovic is down sharply to make the save.
    • 74' Walters hits the bar for Ireland! Fine cross from McGeady, but no finish from the header. Should have been the opening goal.
    • 73' Dzeko's cross headed out by St Ledger before Begovic comes off his line to clear the ball from Long.
    • 72' McShane quick to win the ball ahead of Vranjes. Remains difficult to see a winner from this game. Two evenly matched teams.
    • 71' Dunne has also run his race for this match as he is replaced by Sean St Ledger.
    • 70' Ibisevic departs to be replaced by Vranjes for the visiting side.
    • 69' Walters tries to run at Pandza, who makes a tackle with some ease. Poor stuff really before McShane's ball into the middle is grasped by Begovic.
    • 68' Bosnia-Herzegovina won't be at the Euro 2012 finals, but have another friendly against Mexico in Chicago before they clock off for their summer break.
    • 67' The visiting fans enjoying their day out in the Irish sunshine. Home side continue to slow it down in the heat.
    • 66' Dunne knocks away the attempted cross by Misimovic. Poor delivery by him.
    • 65' Keane will be delighted to get that hour under his belt. Looks happy to take a breather. Was a good work-out for him.
    • 64' Ireland beat Poland in their final home match before Euro 1988. Would like to enjoy a winning send-off here.
    • 63' Long and Walters arrive with Doyle and Keane departing. All change then for Ireland up front.
    • 62' Dzeko comes to life to slip the ball into the path of Stevanovic, but he blazes the cross across goal and out of play. Poor, poor delivery.
    • 61' Jon Walters is also going to be given the nod here for the final 30 minutes or so.
    • 60' Keane tries to weave his way through several blue shirts, but is crowded out. A little bit too greedy by the Irish skipper.
    • 59' Looks like Shane Long is going to be thrown into the action for the home side.
    • 58' Pjanic drills a free-kick at goal from 25 yards out. Ball dipped and swerved but Westwood was across to make an excellent tip over the bar.
    • 57' Dzeko is robbed of the ball by Dunne before Doyle is caught offside from McGeady's pass.
    • 56' Mujdza departs to be replaced by Zahirovic for Bosnia-Herzegovina.
    • 55' Keane lays the ball off to Ireland, who are content to get on the ball. Ward wins a corner for the Irish.
    • 54' Probably going to be a few more changes coming the longer this game goes on. All very warm. Not ideal conditions for a full 90 really.
    • 53' A brighter start to this half by both sides. The Irish looking a lot more self assured as Keane tries to pick out McClean to no avail. Begovic collects.
    • 52' Vrancic is booked for a late challenge on Dunne as he rampaged up the park.
    • 51' Vrancic has replaced Rahimic for B-H with Medunjanin departing for Stevanovic.
    • 50' Misimovic drops deeper before carrying the ball up the park. Hammers the shot at goal, but knocks it wide. Intelligent play.
    • 49' Ward wins a header in the box from Andrews's delivery, but B-H clear the danger.
    • 48' McGeady hits the post with a volley from Doyle's header. So unfortunate for Ireland. Inches away from the opener.
    • 47' A couple of changes for the home side with Aiden McGeady on for Duff and Keith Andrews replacing Whelan.
    • 46' The visitors get the second half off and running. Let us hope for a few goals in the second period.
    • 45+2' There goes the whistle for the break. All action stuff, but no goals. 0-0 at the break. See you for the second period.
    • 45' O'Dea gets a header at goal. Straight into the arms of Begovic. We are into two minutes of time added on.
    • 44' Not going to be much time added to this first period. Begovic makes a solid stop to block from Duff after he was played in by Keane. Best move of the half in the final minute of it.
    • 43' McClean fires a shot low and hard at Begovic, who stands his ground to make a comfortable stop.
    • 42' Lulic slams a ball into the box for Dzeko, who opts to take a touch and the chance is lost. Excellent covering by Ward.
    • 41' Dunne clears the cross from Pjanic, who fires a shot at goal from distance seconds later. Easy enough take for Westwood.
    • 40' Pandza comes across to win the ball from Doyle. Solid piece of defending. The visiting side have a goalkick.
    • 39' Offside flag goes up against Duff. McClean collects for Ireland deep in his own half moments later.
    • 38' Not exactly classic fare, but the home fans seem happy enough as O'Dea wins the ball from Ibisevic. Whelan picks out McShane out wide.
    • 37' Lovely play involving Doyle and Duff before Duff rattles his effort inches wide of the target. We continue with no shots on goal.
    • 36' Misimovic gets a sight at goal. Fires the shot at Westwood's goal, but well wide of the target.
    • 35' McShane chips the ball into the path of Keane, who whips a volley well over the bar. Goalkick to the visitors.
    • 34' Duff's corner is cleared by the visiting side. Bosnia-Herzegovina under little or no sustained period of pressure in the heat.
    • 33' Late challlenge by Misimovic on Duff. The Irish pick up the loose ball. McShane does well to keep the ball in play. Ireland have a corner.
    • 32' McClean overhits a cross by some distance before Duff teases another cross into the arms of Begovic. Disappointing delivery it must be said.
    • 31' Disappointment as the move breaks down with Whelan lifting a cross out of play. A goalkick to the visitors.
    • 30' McShane slips the ball down the channel for Doyle. Ward then on the ball for Ireland before Jahic fouls Keane. Ireland have a free-kick out wide.
    • 29' Nice piece of play by McClean before Gibson drives a shot wide of goal. Frustration for the home side, but better moments from McClean.
    • 28' Keane slips the ball to ward as Ireland go backwards with the ball. Dunne makes a superb challenge on Dzeko.
    • 27' Doyle working really hard for Ireland. He has been the best man for the home side so far.
    • 26' Ireland need to be more patient. No doubt about that. B-H just breaking up the play with so much ease as Dunne is penalised for a late challenge on Dzeko.
    • 23' Duff giving the ball away cheaply. Can't really afford to be so careless only 15 days from the finals. Not when your group contains Spain, Italy and Croatia.
    • 22' Keane picks up the ball out wide. Ireland trying to get on the ball to keep possession. Easier said than done. The visiting side are clearly no mugs.
    • 21' O'Dea rises to head behind his own goal from a corner. Lulic with another cross seconds later. Pandza almost in at the back post for the opening goal. Sloppy from Ireland.
    • 20' Excellent block by Dunne to halt Dzeko from getting a shot at goal. Real quality defending.
    • 19' Gibson's free-kick deflects off a couple of Bosnia-Herzegovina defenders before landing safely in the hands of Begovic. Strange old free-kick there. No real conviction in the shot.
    • 18' Misimovic forced to bring down Doyle after robbing the midfielder of the ball.
    • 17' Misimovic slams a shot at goal. Seemed to strike the hand of McShane, but the referee says no. A let-off at the other end.
    • 16' Begovic lucky not to avoid conceding a penalty as he seemed to take Whelan out of the play without touching the ball. Referee decides there was no intent. An escape for the visitors.
    • 15' Duff comes back to rob Lulic of the ball. Rahimic getting himself involved as Ireland look to push forward.
    • 14' Duff manages to work the ball across the face of goal, but easy pickings for Begovic in the visiting goal.
    • 13' Keane staggers back to his feet. Looks like a rib injury. Keane going for a walk around the side of the park.
    • 12' Keane on the deck after taking a sore one. Strong challenge with Pandza. Looks like a rib injury. A few worried looks coming from the Ireland bench.
    • 11' Ibisevic inches away from connecting with Dzeko's cross before Misimovic hammers the shot over the bar. Should have been the opening goal.
    • 10' Lulic gets in ahead of Duff to clear the ball from McClean's cross. Fine wing play by the Sunderland youngster.
    • 9' The sun beating down on Dublin as Begovic sees his first sight of the ball and hammers it long down the park.
    • 8' Darren O'Dea posted at the heart of the home defence today. His future at club level with Celtic still mired in uncertainty. Not really in the plans of the Scottish champions. A good shop window for him today then.
    • 7' Pandza clears the ball away from Doyle. Solid piece of defending. The visitors in blue, Ireland in traditional green shirts. Technically very good at keeping the ball.
    • 6' Duff takes a tumble. Complaining of a foul in the box, but the referee isn't interested. Ireland pick up the loose ball.
    • 5' Ibisevic looking dangerous early on. Nobody really picking him up as his cross isn't properly cleared before he wallops a shot well over the bar.
    • 4' Trapattoni standing on the touchline with his arms folded as McClean fouls Mujdza.
    • 3' Whelan slips the ball out to Ward before McClean gets a touch, but Jahic comes across to make a solid challenge.
    • 2' Messages of support all around the Aviva Stadium as Ireland play their final match before departing for those finals. Ireland on the ball early on.
    • 1' A minute's applause for a couple of late former Republic of Ireland FA officials. A gorgeous day for football, and we are off and running.
    • 14.57 Here is the visiting side for you: Bosnia-Herzegovina: Begovic, Jahic, Pandza, Mujdza, Lulic, Medunjanin, Pjanic, Rahimic, Misimovic, Ibisevic, Dzeko
    • 14.55 Odds if you fancy a punt on this one today: Ireland 1/1, Bosnia 3/1, Draw 11/5.
    • 14.50 Safet Susic (Bosnia-Herzegovina manager): “The fact that the Irish qualified for the Euro 2012 tells you that they are a team. They are similar to the English team in style, so we can expect a lot of long balls, breaks, an aerial game, but a strong and solid battle."
    • 14.45 Giovanni Trapattoni: "We have players that we can evaluate in this game. For example, James McClean and Gibson. We can use the game for this as I know what Duff and McGeady can do, and Hunt also."
    • 14.40 Robbie Keane insists he won't be weighed down by expectation as he leads his country into Euro 2012 battle. Read about it here. Keane happy to shoulder burden
    • 14.35 Republic of Ireland start against Croatia in Group C on June 10 before taking on Spain on June 14. They conclude against Italy on June 18.
    • 14.30 Bosnia are expected to start with Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko. Bosnia could experiment with a number of young players and are missing defenders Sasa Papac and Emir Spahic due to injury. Striker Darko Maletic will also miss out.
    • 14.25 James McClean will make his first senior start for the Republic of Ireland. Defenders Richard Dunne and Sean St Ledger will both start after shaking off groin injuries, while Paul McShane, who was this week drafted in as cover, will start at right-back. Keiren Westwood will take Shay Given's place in goal with the Aston Villa stopper recovering from a knee injury.
    • 14.20 Ireland team for today's match is: Keiren Westwood; Paul McShane, Richard Dunne, Sean St. Ledger, Stephen Ward; Damien Duff, Glenn Whelan, Darron Gibson, James McClean; Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle. Will bring you the visiting line-up as soon as we get it.
    • 14.15 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of the international friendly between Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina from Dublin's Aviva Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 87' Chance for a late equaliser, but Alispahic slides a shot wide of goal. Poor, poor finish.
    • 79' McGeady plays in Walters with a lovely ball, but Begovic is out to make the save. Ireland coming good late on.
    • 77' GOAL! Long arrives to head home from McGeady's cross. Fine finish, and Ireland have the lead. 1-0 with 13 minutes remaining.
    • 74' Walters hits the bar for Ireland! Fine cross from McGeady, but no finish from the header. Should have been the opening goal.
    • 58' Pjanic drills a free-kick at goal from 25 yards out. Ball dipped and swerved but Westwood was across to make an excellent tip over the bar.
    • 50' Misimovic drops deeper before carrying the ball up the park. Hammers the shot at goal, but knocks it wide. Intelligent play.
    • 48' McGeady hits the post with a volley from Doyle's header. So unfortunate for Ireland. Inches away from the opener.
    • 44' Not going to be much time added to this first period. Begovic makes a solid stop to block from Duff after he was played in by Keane. Best move of the half in the final minute of it.
    • 43' McClean fires a shot low and hard at Begovic, who stands his ground to make a comfortable stop.
    • 21' O'Dea rises to head behind his own goal from a corner. Lulic with another cross seconds later. Pandza almost in at the back post for the opening goal. Sloppy from Ireland.
    • 17' Misimovic slams a shot at goal. Seemed to strike the hand of McShane, but the referee says no. A let-off at the other end.
    • 16' Begovic lucky not to avoid conceding a penalty as he seemed to take Whelan out of the play without touching the ball. Referee decides there was no intent. An escape for the visitors.
    • 11' Ibisevic inches away from connecting with Dzeko's cross before Misimovic hammers the shot over the bar. Should have been the opening goal.
    • 14.20 Ireland team for today's match is: Keiren Westwood; Paul McShane, Richard Dunne, Sean St. Ledger, Stephen Ward; Damien Duff, Glenn Whelan, Darron Gibson, James McClean; Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle. Will bring you the visiting line-up as soon as we get it.

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