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  • Date:12 Oct 2010
  • Kick-off:19:30
  • Venue:
  • Durica (35)
  • St. Ledger (15)
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90:54 +0.54

Miroslav Karhan is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady by Miroslav Karhan. Darron Gibson takes the direct free kick.

89:10

Miroslav Stoch produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Tomas Oravec misses to the left of the target.

87:22

Foul by Juraj Kucka on Darron Gibson, free kick awarded. Glenn Whelan restarts play with the free kick.

87:22

Foul by Juraj Kucka on Darron Gibson, free kick awarded. Shay Given takes the free kick.

86:35

The referee blows for offside. Jan Mucha restarts play with the free kick.

85:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Whelan on Juraj Kucka. Radoslav Zabavnik takes the free kick.

85:23

Shot from deep inside the area by Robbie Keane goes over the bar.

83:45

Tomas Oravec produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

82:52

Tomas Oravec on for Erik Jendrisek.

80:58

The ball is sent over by Aiden McGeady. The referee blows for offside. Jan Mucha takes the indirect free kick.

80:06

Unfair challenge on Shane Long by Jan Durica results in a free kick. Darron Gibson restarts play with the free kick.

78:56

Marek Hamsik takes the outswinging corner, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Filip Holosko misses to the left of the goal.

78:44

Erik Jendrisek takes a shot. Kevin Kilbane gets a block in.

77:15

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Miroslav Stoch, clearance by John O'Shea. Outswinging corner taken by Marek Hamsik from the right by-line, Shot on goal by Miroslav Karhan from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

77:06

Erik Jendrisek takes a shot. Sean St. Ledger gets a block in.

76:46

Darron Gibson takes a shot. Blocked by Jan Durica.

76:18

Corner from the right by-line taken by Marek Hamsik, clearance by John O'Shea.

76:07

Filip Holosko takes a shot. Darron Gibson gets a block in.

75:24

Unfair challenge on Kornel Salata by Shane Long results in a free kick. Jan Mucha takes the direct free kick.

72:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on Jan Durica. Direct free kick taken by Jan Mucha.

72:03

Effort from outside the penalty area by Miroslav Stoch goes wide left of the target.

70:46

Andrew Keogh comes on in place of Keith Fahey. Shot by Miroslav Stoch from just outside the area goes over the net.

68:52

(Slovakia) makes a substitution, with Filip Holosko coming on for Vladimir Weiss. Stanislav Sestak leaves the field to be replaced by Miroslav Stoch.

68:28

Vladimir Weiss decides to take the corner short. Kornel Salata has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

68:14

Tomas Hubocan produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Save by Shay Given.

66:52

Unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady by Juraj Kucka results in a free kick. Darron Gibson takes the direct free kick.

65:46

Radoslav Zabavnik challenges Aiden McGeady unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darron Gibson takes the free kick.

63:42

Glenn Whelan takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide of the right-hand upright.

60:07

Jan Durica concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Free kick taken by Richard Dunne.

57:30

The offside flag is raised against Shane Long. Free kick taken by Jan Mucha.

56:35

Radoslav Zabavnik challenges Aiden McGeady unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Keith Fahey from left wing.

52:20

Shane Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Juraj Kucka. Direct free kick taken by Vladimir Weiss.

51:39

Centre by John O'Shea.

50:30

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Marek Hamsik, save made by Shay Given.

50:24

The ball is delivered by Miroslav Karhan, Kevin Kilbane makes a clearance.

47:22

Shane Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss. Radoslav Zabavnik takes the direct free kick.

46:35

The ball is swung over by Aiden McGeady.

45:40 +0.40

The referee shows Jan Mucha a yellow card. Penalty awarded for a foul by Jan Mucha on Aiden McGeady. Penalty taken by Robbie Keane saved by Jan Mucha. Slovakia 1-1 Rep of Ireland.

44:49

Handball by Vladimir Weiss. Direct free kick taken by Shay Given.

43:52

Unfair challenge on Juraj Kucka by Shane Long results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jan Mucha.

43:15

Stanislav Sestak is ruled offside. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.

42:15

Unfair challenge on Jan Durica by Shane Long results in a free kick. Jan Mucha restarts play with the free kick.

41:52

A cross is delivered by Miroslav Karhan, Shay Given makes a comfortable save.

41:24

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Keith Fahey.

40:49

Darron Gibson is brought on as a substitute for Paul Green.

39:31

The ball is sent over by Shane Long.

37:08

Corner taken by Keith Fahey, Header by Richard Dunne from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

35:50

Goal scored by Jan Durica from deep inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Slovakia 1-1 Rep of Ireland.Inswinging corner taken by Marek Hamsik from the left by-line,

35:20

The ball is delivered by Erik Jendrisek, blocked by John O'Shea.

31:36

Stanislav Sestak goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean St. Ledger by Stanislav Sestak. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.

30:04

Centre by Radoslav Zabavnik, Effort from deep inside the area by Erik Jendrisek misses to the left of the target.

27:49

Unfair challenge on Stanislav Sestak by Sean St. Ledger results in a free kick. Juraj Kucka has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

25:05

Juraj Kucka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robbie Keane. Free kick crossed by Keith Fahey, Kevin Kilbane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomas Hubocan. Jan Mucha restarts play with the free kick.

23:33

Robbie Keane produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

21:36

Keith Fahey crosses the ball.

20:31

Juraj Kucka challenges Aiden McGeady unfairly and gives away a free kick. Glenn Whelan takes the direct free kick.

19:40

Juraj Kucka has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

19:13

Shot by Keith Fahey from 20 yards. Jan Mucha makes a comfortable save.

18:42

Erik Jendrisek challenges Sean St. Ledger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shay Given takes the free kick.

18:15

The ball is crossed by Aiden McGeady, Radoslav Zabavnik gets a block in.

17:07

Tomas Hubocan shown a yellow card. Unfair challenge on Keith Fahey by Tomas Hubocan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.

15:53

Sean St. Ledger finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Slovakia 0-1 Rep of Ireland.Jan Durica challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick.

13:20

Juraj Kucka has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

11:08

Aiden McGeady challenges Juraj Kucka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marek Hamsik produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Kornel Salata goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

6:53

Unfair challenge on Kevin Kilbane by Juraj Kucka results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sean St. Ledger.

6:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marek Hamsik by Kevin Kilbane. Radoslav Zabavnik takes the free kick.

5:13

Stanislav Sestak takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Kilbane.

2:57

Kevin Kilbane challenges Stanislav Sestak unfairly and gives away a free kick. Miroslav Karhan restarts play with the free kick.

0:40

Foul by Erik Jendrisek on Paul Green, free kick awarded. John O'Shea takes the direct free kick.

The referee gets the match started.

The ref blows to end the first period.

The referee gets the second half started.

The match has reached full-time.

Match Preview

Giovanni Trapattoni has told his Republic of Ireland players to ignore the criticism surrounding their defeat by Russia to give themselves the best chance of making amends against Slovakia on Tuesday.

All the focus since Friday's 3-2 loss at Dublin's Aviva Stadium in Euro 2012 qualifying has been on the hosts' poor performance as they suffered their only regular qualifying defeat in more then two years under the Italian's management.

Trapattoni has borne much of the brunt for his reluctance to change personnel or tactics, but the 71-year-old shrugged off the negative reaction as an inevitable part of his job - and has urged his players to do the same.

He said: "In 30 years I've had many good results and bad results. It is more difficult to analyse things beforehand. If I said I had foreseen the exact situations we ended up in, you wouldn't believe me.

"My job is predicting. If I change things and we lose, then people would be asking why am I changing everything? It's normal.

"The first thing I said to the players (after Friday's game) was we will watch the game again but for psychological reasons you have to not read the newspapers.

"The players know if they played bad or well. They can't be in the right frame of mind if they're reading bad, bad, bad, bad. We cannot lose our trust or our confidence.

"It's important because, yes games are 90 minutes, but the first 10 minutes can change the game. Tuesday is another game, Tuesday we have another opportunity. We cannot cry, we must start again."

Trapattoni will again stick with his 4-4-2 system and the players who were defeated by Russia, with the only changes being enforced ones because of injury.

Striker Kevin Doyle has returned to Wolves for treatment on a knee problem so Reading frontman Shane Long, who scored as a substitute against Russia, will partner captain Robbie Keane.

Trapattoni also has a slight doubt over winger Liam Lawrence, with Birmingham midfielder Keith Fahey on standby to replace him in Slovakia.

The Italian sees it as only right he should stand by the men who came within a controversial play-off defeat by France of reaching the World Cup finals this summer.

And he is confident the Republic will put on a better display Tuesday night now the players who have struggled for Premier League opportunities this season, such as goalkeeper Shay Given, Keane and Glenn Whelan, have a game under their belts.

Trapattoni said: "I couldn't make changes because before the defeat against Russia, in two years in qualification we lost only one game against France.

"We have shown many times we are a solid team. Now it's important we share together positive situations and negative situations.

"Sunday I saw all the players were sharp. (Before the Russia game) it was different. I think the rhythm will be better. I think Slovakia will be the same. But I think we are heading in a good direction."

Both teams will go into the game at the top of Group B alongside Russia on six points from three games, and it is not only the Republic looking to bounce back from a bad result.

Slovakia followed up last month's superb 1-0 victory in Moscow by losing 3-1 to Armenia on Friday, and they will be without star striker Robert Vittek and suspended Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel.

Trapattoni added: "Three months ago I hoped to be on top of the table with these two teams. We cannot forget Slovakia played in the World Cup and beat very strong teams and Russia are a very good team. Now we have to begin again.

"Tuesday is a meeting of two teams who have both had disappointing results. Psychologically it will be a difficult game but it will be important which team keeps their enthusiasm and confidence.

"We know Slovakia are missing two very important players but we are also missing players and we don't look for excuses about this."

Formation:442Manager: Vladimir Weiss

Slovakia

Formation: 442Manager:

Rep of Ireland

  • Jan Mucha
  • Radoslav Zabavnik
  • Kornel Salata
  • Jan Durica
  • Tomas Hubocan
  • Juraj Kucka
  • Miroslav Karhan
  • Marek Hamsik
  • Vladimir Weiss
  • Erik Jendrisek
  • Stanislav Sestak
  • SUBS
  • Dusan Pernis
  • Peter Pekarik
  • Mario Pecalka
  • Miroslav Stoch
  • Filip Holosko
  • Tomas Oravec
  • Filip Sebo

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Match Report

Republic pay penalty Republic of Ireland got back on track in Euro 2012 qualifying with a battling 1-1 draw against Slovakia in Zilina - but were left to rue Robbie Keane's missed penalty. After Sean St Ledger's opener had been cancelled out by Jan Durica in the 36th minute, the Republic were handed a glorious chance to retake the lead in first-half stoppage time when Aiden McGeady was felled by Jan Mucha. But the goalkeeper made up for his error with a fine save and, as Slovakia dominated the second half, the Republic were left hanging on for a point which keeps them level with their opponents in Group B. Coach Giovanni Trapattoni made two enforced changes from the side that lost 3-2 to Russia on Friday, with injury victims Kevin Doyle and Liam Lawrence replaced by Shane Long and Keith Fahey. All the talk in the build-up to the match had been about the Republic's perceived negative tactics against Russia and their reliance on the long ball. But they dominated possession in the early stages and, after a couple of scares when Kornel Salata headed over and Juraj Kucka shot wide, took a deserved lead in the 16th minute. Durica fouled Long wide on the right and, when the Slovakia defence failed to deal with Fahey's free-kick, St Ledger squeezed a shot inside the post. Midfield duo Whelan and Paul Green, who had struggled so badly against Russia, were enjoying a much more productive night, and for the most part the hosts were kept penned in their own half. The Republic were, though, lucky to escape when Aiden McGeady's mistake allowed Radoslav Zabavnik to drill in a cross that Eric Jendrisek just failed to convert. Then, in the 36th minute, from the first corner of the game, Slovakia equalised as Hamsik's cross was flicked on for Durica to power a header in off the crossbar. The Republic arguably should have retaken the lead four minutes later after great work from Long down the right but, stretching, Keane could not get enough of a touch to turn it in. The visitors were then dealt a blow when Green picked up an injury and had to be replaced by Darron Gibson. With the half entering injury time, the Republic were presented with a glorious chance to move back ahead when Mucha was adjudged to have brought down Aiden McGeady as he ran onto a through-ball from Richard Dunne. Keane stepped up but his penalty was too close to the keeper, who made up for his mistake in the best possible fashion. The visitors were almost carved apart in the opening moments of the second half as first Vladimir Weiss and then Hamsik ran through the middle before a vital block from St Ledger averted the danger. Slovakia had come out with renewed purpose and Shay Given nearly paid the price for taking too long to clear as Stanislav Sestak closed in, with the ball cannoning off the striker but away from goal. In a reverse of the first half, it was the Republic who were camped in their own half, with Whelan's ambitious volley from 40 yards the sum total of their efforts as the clocked reached 65 minutes. Shortly afterwards, Tomas Hubocan also tried his luck from distance but with much greater purpose, the defender's drilled shot from 25 yards drawing a decent save from Given. Trapattoni made his first substitution in the 71st minute, bringing on Andy Keogh for Fahey, while his opposite number introduced Stoch and Filip Holosko. Former Chelsea youngster Stoch immediately looked dangerous and, if there was going to be a winner, it seemed certain to come from the men in white as they continued to dominate. Holosko headed another Hamsik corner wide while substitute Tomas Oravec failed to make clean contact with a header from 10 yards out. The Republic had a good chance with five minutes to play when the ball broke to Keane eight yards out but, after turning smartly, the captain could not keep his shot down. It was not to be Keane's night but the Republic may look back on this result as very much a point gained.

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