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Liam Lawrence fouled by Oscar Sonejee, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Darron Gibson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Keogh by Oscar Sonejee. Indirect free kick taken by Kevin Kilbane.
Oscar Sonejee replaces Marc Pujol.
Ildefons Lima concedes a free kick for a foul on Aiden McGeady. Liam Lawrence delivers the ball, Header from close range by Kevin Kilbane clears the bar.
Andrew Keogh joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kevin Doyle.
Sean St. Ledger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ildefons Lima. Josep Anton Gomez takes the indirect free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line, clearance by Ildefons Lima.
The ball is crossed by Kevin Doyle.
Corner taken by Liam Lawrence, clearance made by Ildefons Lima.
Kevin Doyle fouled by Christian Martinez, the ref awards a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Darron Gibson, Josep Anton Gomez makes a save.
Stephen Kelly is brought on as a substitute for John O'Shea.
Unfair challenge on Marc Bernaus by Liam Lawrence results in a free kick. Josep Anton Gomez restarts play with the free kick.
Xavier Andorra replaces Josep Ayala.
John O'Shea sends in a cross.
Liam Lawrence fouled by Marc Pujol, the ref awards a free kick. John O'Shea restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by John O'Shea, Ildefons Lima makes a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line, save made by Josep Anton Gomez.
The referee gives a free kick against Sebastia Gomez for handball. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Marc Pujol by Richard Dunne results in a free kick. Richard Dunne is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Ildefons Lima takes the free kick.
Glenn Whelan leaves the field to be replaced by Darron Gibson.
Robbie Keane takes a shot. Save by Josep Anton Gomez.
Foul by Sergi Moreno on Glenn Whelan, free kick awarded. Sean St. Ledger takes the free kick. Sergi Moreno receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Kevin Kilbane challenges Marc Pujol unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Sergi Moreno, save made by Shay Given.
Robbie Keane finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rep of Ireland 3-1 Andorra.The assist for the goal came from Aiden McGeady.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ildefons Lima by Glenn Whelan. Ildefons Lima takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is swung over by Aiden McGeady.
Aiden McGeady fouled by Ildefons Lima, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Lawrence from right channel.
Christian Martinez fires in a goal from outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Rep of Ireland 2-1 Andorra.
Liam Lawrence produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes over the bar.
Shot from just outside the box by Paul Green goes over the target.
Kevin Doyle finds the net with a goal from outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Rep of Ireland 2-0 Andorra.
Marcio Vieira challenges Liam Lawrence unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Lawrence takes the free kick.
The official flags Glenn Whelan offside. Josep Anton Gomez takes the free kick.
Fernando Silva fouled by Kevin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Josep Anton Gomez takes the indirect free kick.
The referee penalises Ildefons Lima for handball. Ildefons Lima is shown a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Liam Lawrence. Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Blocked by Ildefons Lima.
Ildefons Lima challenges Kevin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Green.
Robbie Keane concedes a free kick for a foul on Ildefons Lima. Free kick taken by Josep Anton Gomez.
Fernando Silva is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Liam Lawrence has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Fernando Silva.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ildefons Lima on Kevin Kilbane. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John O'Shea on Sergi Moreno. Free kick crossed left-footed by Marc Bernaus, Kevin Kilbane makes a clearance.
Jordi Escura sends in a cross.
Robbie Keane is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Josep Anton Gomez.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John O'Shea on Sergi Moreno. Free kick crossed by Marc Bernaus.
Sebastia Gomez is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
Foul by Paul Green on Marc Pujol, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jordi Escura.
Ildefons Lima takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
Marc Pujol takes a inswinging corner to the near post, John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.
Sergi Moreno takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
Centre by Liam Lawrence, Josep Anton Gomez makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken by Liam Lawrence, Kevin Kilbane scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Rep of Ireland 1-0 Andorra.The assist for the goal came from Liam Lawrence.
The ball is crossed by Aiden McGeady, Robbie Keane takes a shot. Ildefons Lima gets a block in.
Kevin Kilbane crosses the ball, save by Josep Anton Gomez.
Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Jordi Escura gets a block in.
Paul Green concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Pujol. Marc Pujol takes the free kick.
Aiden McGeady produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcio Vieira by Liam Lawrence. Marc Bernaus restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ildefons Lima on Robbie Keane. Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Lawrence from right wing, clearance made by Fernando Silva. Aiden McGeady produces a cross, clearance by Fernando Silva.
The game gets underway.
The referee signals the end of the game.
The referee starts the second half.
The referee blows for half time.
Keane on target as Republic ease to win
Robbie Keane fired himself back on to the goal trail as the Republic of Ireland eased past Andorra 3-1 to complete a perfect start to their Euro 2012 campaign.
The 30-year-old insisted during the run-up to the first competitive game at the Aviva Stadium that he would not dwell on an uncharacteristically unproductive trip to Armenia last week and he was as good as his word to extend his national record tally to 44 on his 102nd appearance.
Another centurion, Kevin Kilbane, had started the ball rolling with a 14th-minute header and the Republic were cruising when Kevin Doyle blasted home a superb second five minutes before half-time.
Andorra, who had taken a shock lead on their last visit to the then Lansdowne Road back in 2001, hit back through midfielder Christian Martinez during the dying seconds of the first half to cause consternation in Dublin.
However, Keane restored his side's two-goal advantage within nine minutes of the restart and it was plain sailing from there.
The margin of victory may not have been wide enough for some among a crowd of 40,283 but six points from a possible six on a night when Group B favourites Russia had earlier lost at home to Slovakia represented mission accomplished.
There was also the welcome sight of winger Aiden McGeady terrorising defences in a green shirt once again to celebrate as Ireland turned their attention to the much more taxing double-header against Russia and Slovakia next month.
Few who arrived to witness the first events at the newly-refurbished stadium expected anything other than and Irish victory and a comfortable one at that with Andorra's largely part-time team ranked 201st in the world and without a win in 13 attempts.
For 44 of the opening 45 minutes, they were not disappointed as the Republic, for once cast in the role of favourite, took the game by the scruff of the neck.
True, they did not carve out dozens of clear-cut chances but this is Giovanni Trapattoni's team, one based on defensive resilience and the ability to prevail in tight encounters through organisation, commitment and sheer bloody-mindedness.
They were ahead as early as the 14th minute when Kilbane timed his run to glance Liam Lawrence's near-post corner past keeper Josep Antoni Gomes and set the ball rolling.
Lawrence later chipped into the side-netting after embarrassing defender Marc Bernaus, Andorra's only full-time professional, but although McGeady toyed with full-back and by trade, estate agent, Jordi Escura, Andorra managed to keep their hosts at bay.
However, Ireland eventually extended their lead five minutes before the break and did so in some style.
Lawrence caught midfielder Sergi Moreno, who had earlier almost left keeper Shay Given red-faced with a wickedly bouncing long-range effort, in possession and sensing an opportunity, Doyle arrived to add weight to the ambush.
When the ball finally emerged at the striker's feet, he set himself before smashing a rising left-foot shot beyond the diving Gomes and into the top corner.
The die looked to have been cast but Andorra, who lost their opening game 2-0 to Russia on Friday evening, were not quite ready to throw in the towel and when a 45th-minute clearance dropped to Martinez 20 yards out, he drilled a half-volley past the astonished Given to keep the game alive.
That would not have amused Trapattoni or his players as they sipped their half-time tea and there was a renewed determination about them on their return.
Their response was swift and stylish as the third goal arrived with just nine minutes of the half gone.
McGeady headed in-field once again and with the help of Paul Green and Doyle worked his way into a position from which he could play Keane into the box.
Having fluffed his lines in Armenia on Friday evening, the Tottenham striker was not about to pass up another glorious opportunity and duly obliged with a deft finish to make the game safe.
It now seemed only a matter of by how many Ireland would win and Keane was licking his lips when Doyle appeared to be hauled to the ground inside the box by defender Jose Fernando Silva 13 minutes later.
However, to the astonishment of both men, Cypriot referee Leontios Trattou waved their claims away.
But with the job done, the clock ran down with little prospect of a fightback from one side and no need for a cavalry charge from the other.
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