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Free kick awarded for a foul by Roman Shirokov on Shane Long. Free kick crossed by Darron Gibson. The ball is delivered by Aiden McGeady, Igor Akinfeev makes a save.
Darron Gibson crosses the ball, Shane Long produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
The ball is crossed by Yuri Zhirkov, Pavel Pogrebniak produces a mishit right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The offside flag is raised against Pavel Pogrebniak. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.
Robbie Keane produces a cross, clearance by Sergei Ignashevich.
The referee blows for offside against Igor Semshov. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Alexei Berezutsky. Booking for Alexei Berezutsky for unsporting behaviour. Darron Gibson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean St. Ledger on Pavel Pogrebniak. Pavel Pogrebniak has an effort direct from the free kick.
John O'Shea crosses the ball, Sergei Ignashevich makes a clearance. Aiden McGeady produces a cross.
Andrey Arshavin delivers the ball.
Alexei Berezutsky replaces Alan Dzagoev.
Shane Long sends in a cross, save made by Igor Akinfeev.
Alan Dzagoev fouled by Kevin Kilbane, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Igor Semshov.
Shane Long is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Igor Akinfeev.
John O'Shea crosses the ball, clearance made by Sergei Ignashevich.
Pavel Pogrebniak comes on in place of Alexander Kerzhakov.
Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Blocked by Vasili Berezutsky.
Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Igor Akinfeev makes a save. Shane Long grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rep of Ireland 2-3 Russia.Assist by Aiden McGeady.
Unfair challenge on Darron Gibson by Alan Dzagoev results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Shay Given.
Kevin Kilbane concedes a free kick for a foul on Vasili Berezutsky. Free kick taken by Igor Akinfeev.
Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Blocked by Sergei Ignashevich. Corner taken right-footed by Keith Fahey, Roman Shirokov manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Sergei Ignashevich on Aiden McGeady, free kick awarded. The ball is sent over by Kevin Kilbane, Headed effort on goal by Richard Dunne from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Robbie Keane fouled by Yuri Zhirkov, the ref awards a Penalty. Penalty taken right-footed by Robbie Keane and scored. Rep of Ireland 1-3 Russia.
Alexander Kerzhakov concedes a for a foul on Richard Dunne. Keith Fahey comes on in place of Kevin Doyle.
Richard Dunne fouled by Alexander Kerzhakov, the ref awards a free kick. Keith Fahey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kevin Doyle. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
Alan Dzagoev takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Kevin Doyle manages to make a clearance.
Igor Semshov is brought on as a substitute for Konstatin Zyryanov.
Darron Gibson on for Glenn Whelan.
Centre by Roman Shirokov.
Centre by John O'Shea, Igor Akinfeev makes a comfortable save.
The offside flag is raised against Alexander Kerzhakov. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.
Liam Lawrence goes off and Shane Long comes on.
Aleksandr Aniukov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady. Booking for Aleksandr Aniukov for unsporting behaviour. A cross is delivered by Liam Lawrence, Headed effort on goal by Kevin Doyle from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
John O'Shea sends in a cross, clearance by Sergei Ignashevich.
Liam Lawrence is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Sergei Ignashevich.
Aiden McGeady crosses the ball, clearance made by Sergei Ignashevich.
The ball is swung over by Alexander Kerzhakov.
Vasili Berezutsky fouled by Kevin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Doyle receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Aleksandr Aniukov takes the free kick.
Paul Green gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Konstatin Zyryanov. Direct free kick taken by Sergei Ignashevich.
Corner taken by Alan Dzagoev, Headed effort from inside the area by Sergei Ignashevich misses to the right of the target.
Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Sean St. Ledger gets a block in.
Foul by Konstatin Zyryanov on Kevin Doyle, free kick awarded. Centre by Liam Lawrence, Header by Richard Dunne from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Igor Denisov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robbie Keane. Free kick crossed by Liam Lawrence. Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Comfortable save by Igor Akinfeev.
Roman Shirokov grabs a goal from outside the area low into the middle of the goal. Rep of Ireland 0-3 Russia.
Centre by Alan Dzagoev, clearance by Sean St. Ledger.
Centre by Liam Lawrence, blocked by Yuri Zhirkov.
Liam Lawrence is caught offside. Igor Akinfeev takes the free kick.
Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Save by Igor Akinfeev.
Shot by Aleksandr Aniukov from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Andrey Arshavin has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Yuri Zhirkov by Liam Lawrence results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Yuri Zhirkov.
Effort on goal by Alexander Kerzhakov from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Robbie Keane delivers the ball, clearance by Vasili Berezutsky.
Alexander Kerzhakov takes a shot. Comfortable save by Shay Given.
Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Save by Igor Akinfeev.
Vasili Berezutsky challenges Kevin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Kilbane crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
Sean St. Ledger challenges Alan Dzagoev unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alexander Kerzhakov shoots direct from the free kick.
Liam Lawrence concedes a free kick for a foul on Igor Denisov. Direct free kick taken by Sergei Ignashevich.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Aleksandr Aniukov on Kevin Doyle. Kevin Kilbane produces a cross, John O'Shea takes a shot. Save made by Igor Akinfeev.
Foul by Aiden McGeady on Vasili Berezutsky, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Igor Akinfeev.
Roman Shirokov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Lawrence. Free kick crossed by Glenn Whelan.
Roman Shirokov takes a shot. Sean St. Ledger gets a block in.
Foul by Kevin Doyle on Aleksandr Aniukov, free kick awarded. Igor Denisov restarts play with the free kick.
Alan Dzagoev fouled by Sean St. Ledger, the ref awards a free kick. The referee cautions Sean St. Ledger for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Roman Shirokov.
Centre by Aleksandr Aniukov, Alan Dzagoev scores a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Rep of Ireland 0-2 Russia.Aleksandr Aniukov provided the assist for the goal.
Kevin Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vasili Berezutsky. Igor Denisov shown a yellow card. Roman Shirokov takes the direct free kick.
Alan Dzagoev takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Kilbane.
Aiden McGeady delivers the ball, Sergei Ignashevich manages to make a clearance. Kevin Doyle has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by Igor Akinfeev.
Alexander Kerzhakov produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Alexander Kerzhakov is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Alan Dzagoev, Sean St. Ledger manages to make a clearance.
Alexander Kerzhakov takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alan Dzagoev from the right by-line, clearance by John O'Shea.
The ball is delivered by Alexander Kerzhakov, blocked by John O'Shea.
Roman Shirokov has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
The ball is delivered by Liam Lawrence, Igor Akinfeev makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Alexander Kerzhakov by Richard Dunne results in a free kick. Roman Shirokov takes the direct free kick.
Sergei Ignashevich challenges Liam Lawrence unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Lawrence crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Igor Akinfeev.
Aiden McGeady produces a cross, Vasili Berezutsky makes a clearance.
Liam Lawrence fouled by Alan Dzagoev, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Dunne.
Alan Dzagoev takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Doyle on Sergei Ignashevich. Direct free kick taken by Sergei Ignashevich.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roman Shirokov by Richard Dunne. Free kick crossed by Andrey Arshavin, save by Shay Given. Alexander Kerzhakov gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Rep of Ireland 0-1 Russia.Assist on the goal came from Sergei Ignashevich.
Liam Lawrence produces a cross, Effort on goal by Aiden McGeady from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
The ball is delivered by Robbie Keane.
Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Igor Akinfeev makes a save.
Paul Green fouled by Roman Shirokov, the ref awards a free kick. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.
Alan Dzagoev has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Vasili Berezutsky on Kevin Doyle. Glenn Whelan takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Kevin Doyle, blocked by Sergei Ignashevich.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Andy Keogh insists the Republic of Ireland will head into their Euro
2012 clash with Russia in expectation rather than hope.
Buoyed by an encouraging World Cup qualifying campaign which fell only
just short in controversial circumstances in Paris last November, the
Republic launched their latest bid for a finals appearance with
victories over Armenia and Andorra last month.
Their credentials will be put to the sternest of tests over the next few
days when they play Group B favourites Russia in Dublin on Friday and
their conquerors last time out, Slovakia, in Zilina four days later.
However, Keogh insists the belief manager Giovanni Trapattoni has
instilled in his players over the last two and a half years means they
will approach the double-header confident they can emerge with two
positive results rather than hoping they do.
He said: "It's the mentality the manager has brought to the team. He has
had the core of players now for a couple of years and he has drilled
his tactics and his mentality into us.
"Coming to our home patch, we are going into the game looking to win and
wanting to win.
"We are playing the two teams who are going to be up there with us
competing to qualify, and the more points we can take from them, the
better to try to open up a gap.
"If we continue the type of form we have had in the last two games, we
should look good.
"It's more of the same. We won the last two games, so you can't complain
about that, and there were some good performances as well."
Keogh, a striker by trade, has played much of his recent football for
Ireland as a midfield replacement, and he could well be needed to
provide back-up once again with Damien Duff having withdrawn with a calf
injury and Stephen Hunt yet to return to the squad from his own fitness
But the 24-year-old, currently on loan at Cardiff from Wolves, knows
whoever plays on Friday evening, the Irish will have to produce their
best form to emerge with the result they crave.
He said: "They are very good. They will be very dangerous, especially on
"But we will just concentrate on ourselves, try to keep the type of form
we have had in the last two games and worry about us scoring and
Trapattoni is almost certain to pair skipper Robbie Keane and Kevin
Doyle in attack once again despite the Tottenham man struggling to force
his way into the team at club level and Doyle yet to open his Barclays
Premier League account this season.
Doyle has nevertheless been in fine form for Wolves and has scored in
two of his last four games for the Republic.
Keogh said: "From what I hear from the lads, Kevin has been playing very
well week in, week out.
"Kevin is the type of player who can come in and do a great job for
Ireland, as he does in every game he plays."
Fightback in vain for Republic
Republic of Ireland's 100% record in Euro 2012 qualifying came to an end with a 3-2 defeat to Russia - but not before Giovanni Trapattoni's side had mounted a stirring comeback in a game in which they had looked dead and buried.
Robbie Keane hit the bar early on at the Aviva Stadium but for the next hour Russia dominated and deservedly went three up through Alexander Kerzhakov, Alan Dzagoev and Roman Shirokov.
A Keane penalty in the 72nd minute gave the hosts a lifeline and, when substitute Shane Long added a second six minutes later, it seemed the Republic could get something from the game but Russia held on to join their opponents on six points in Group B.
Victory for Armenia over Slovakia earlier in the day gave the Republic the chance to take a stranglehold on the group and it briefly looked like they might be able to do just that.
After Russia had enjoyed the majority of possession in the opening seven minutes, the home side suddenly had three chances in quick succession.
First Aiden McGeady, who has been impressive for new club Spartak Moscow, tested Igor Akinfeev with a shot the Russia keeper could not hold onto.
Captain Keane picked up the loose ball and his cross bounced off the bar with Kevin Doyle waiting at the far post before another ball into the box fell for McGeady, whose fizzing cross-shot evaded all his team-mates.
It took only another three minutes for the breakthrough to come, but, unfortunately for the home fans, it was Shay Given who had to pick the ball out of his net.
Richard Dunne gave away what appeared to be a soft free-kick for a foul on Shirokov in the left channel and, when the set-piece was delivered by captain Andrey Arshavin, it took a slight deflection before reaching Given, who could only push it out to Sergei Ignashevich.
His overhead kick back across the box sat up perfectly for Kerzhakov and he managed to get enough power on his shot to beat the massed ranks on the Republic line.
The ease with which the visitors were finding space in and around the box would certainly have worried Trapattoni as first Shirokov shot over when he probably should have done better before Kerzhakov tested Given with a fierce strike.
The Republic were not learning their lesson, though, and they found themselves two down in the 28th minute.
Aleksandr Aniukov was given time and space on the right to send in a cross, and a lovely dummy by the dangerous Kerzhakov allowed Dzagoev to drill the ball beyond a helpless Given.
The hosts at least managed a couple of forays into the Russia box with the half coming to a close as first Doyle shot weakly at Akinfeev before Keane just failed to pick out his strike partner after a promising move.
But the visitors could also have added to their tally, with Kerzhakov and Arshavin shooting off target, and at the start of the second half they were at it again as Aniukov found the side-netting.
McGeady, who has never scored for the Republic, then drew a decent save from Akinfeev but any hopes the home side had of getting something from the game seemed over two minutes later when Shirokov scored Russia's third.
There did not look much danger when the midfielder let fly from 25 yards but, in attempting to block the shot, Dunne deflected the ball into his own net with Given stranded.
The defender tried to make up for his error straight away, testing Akinfeev from distance, but Russia looked dangerous with every attack and Sean St Ledger needed to be alert to keep out Arshavin before Kerzhakov beat Given to the ball only to discover none of his team-mates had kept up with him.
The Republic's final change saw Keith Fahey introduced for Doyle in the 71st minute, and moments later they were given a lifeline when Keane chased a long ball into the area and tumbled under pressure from Chelsea defender Yuri Zhirkov.
There looked to be minimal contact but Dutch referee Kevin Blom pointed to the penalty spot and Keane sent Akinfeev the wrong way to extend his record goal tally to 45.
It seemed certain to be only a consolation but suddenly the Republic looked a threat, and they could have pulled another goal back had Kevin Kilbane's control been better six yards out.
Incredibly, given the one-sided nature of the match thus far, they did manage a second with 12 minutes still to play. Akinfeev saved again from McGeady but this time Long was following up and he managed to poke the ball just inside the far post.
The roar around the stadium was deafening but the hosts could not find an equaliser, and in fact should have conceded a fourth only for substitute Pavel Pogrebniak to fluff his lines six yards out.
The final action saw the home side screaming for a penalty when St Ledger went over in the box, but Blom blew his whistle only to signal the end of the game.
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