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Republic of Ireland - Moldova
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 7 October 2017
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That's full time. Gatcan spoils a perfectly decent performance from Moldova, and Ireland did enough. All the attention now focuses to their game against Wales.
- Red cardAlexandru GatcanMoldova
RED CARD! There will be two minutes of added time. Gatcan and Arter come together on the halfway line. The two of them have a small exchange of views, and Gatcan headbutts him, for no obvious reason and has to go. A stupid decision.
McGeady has the chance to cross from the left, isn't tackled this time, but the 'keeper is ffine to collect.
McGeady stands up four players on the edge of the box, and is tackled by them.
- OffShane LongRepublic of Ireland
- OnSean MaguireRepublic of Ireland
Long off, Maguire on.
A pause in play for Rozgoniuc, who is down injured.
- OffWes HoolahanRepublic of Ireland
- OnAiden McGeadyRepublic of Ireland
McGeady and Arter on for Murphy and Hoolahan. Ambros on for Moldova in place of Platica.
Good point here - no changes for Ireland yet.
Christie sends it long down the right wing, out on the touchline, to clear a Moldova long ball.
Around half an hour to go, with added time, but nothing much is happening now.
O'Dowda's cross is cleared back to him from the corner spot, and Ireland have a throw-in. Christie darts into the box with the ball, beats a man, and his cross is blocked. Ireland then win another corner.
Moldova are rushed into a backpass from the left, and Epureanu sends it too hard and behind.
Hoolahan slips in O'Dowda on the left of him, in the box. He takes a touch, and his shot is deflected to Long, and he has an open goal to shoot at that drifts just a few inches wide.
Ginsari gets to the ball on the right wing and lifts a cross that's a touch too high over the collection of players.
The Moldovans are handling themselves fine now, and Ireland might not be too fussed - they already have a better goal difference.
- OffAlexandru DedovMoldova
- OnEugeniu CociucMoldova
Dedov off, Cociuc is on in his place.
Long gets clocked in the face in the box, but the ref gives nothing.
Moldova, with two points to their name, are happy to keep the ball. Rozgoniuc flings in a cross from the left for Randolph to claim.
More Moldova possession.
Duffy blasts a ball up over the top for Loong, but he can't bring it down.
Randolph punches one cross into the air, and as he's shoved and harried, he claims on the second attempt without too much trouble.
Moldova take the initiative in the early stages, giving Platica a ball to chase on the right wing.
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Corner on the right wing for Ireland.
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Rozgoniuc brings down Christie on the right wing. Clark meets the free kick just past the penalty spot, and he sends it just wide of the far post.
A long throw from the right for Ireland, but Moldova get it clear down the left wing as they break. A deflected shot off Christie is collected by Randolph at the near post.
O'Dowda tries to skip forward from deep but is tripped as he does so. Free kick for Ireland, 40 years out - nothing comes from it.
Moldova are sitting on the ball themselves now, but not much doing with it as Ireland sit back.
Gatcan meets the corner at the near post, he stretches towards it and scuffs it at goal for an easy Randolph save.
Duffy tries to keep the ball in on the touchline, and effs it up. He concedes a corner on the right wing.
Half an hour into the game and unless something remarkable happens, that's it for tonight.
Clark humps the ball away on the left. That's right, humps.
Platica leathers a volley at goal, and Randolph is on hand to fly to his right and tip it away from goal.
Ward tries to curl in a cross from the left, and it drifts out of play before it reaches the near post.
Ireland are happy to keep the ball in defence, with spaces opening up ahead of them.
Long fires in a shot across the 'keeper but it's beaten away. Ireland could have settled it there, but Moldova break up the other end and win a corner.
The boy Murphy has six international goals, trebling his total until tonight.
GOAL! Ireland 2-0 Moldova. Murphy scores - A long crossfield ball finds Ward, he picks out Murphy's run into the box, and he loops a clever header back from where it came and just inside the far post.
O'Dowda skips into the box with some excellent play, he squares it to Long, and he fizzes a low shot just wide of the near post.
A long throw from Ward on the left, headed on again, Moldova don't properly clear until their second attempt. Their break forward comes to nothing.
Ireland have Moldova camped back in their own half, and O'Dowda cuts onto his left foot to drill at shot at the near post which goes just wide.
The Moldova defence spring an offside trap from Hendrick's free kick.
Rozgoniuc stretches for a through-ball on the right, but he can't beat the defender to it and it runs out of play.
Moldova enjoy a solid spell in possession.
Moldova have to attack now, but that should only make things easier for the home side.
- GoalDaryl MurphyRepublic of Ireland
GOAL! Ireland 1-0 Moldova. Murphy scores - A long throw from the left wing is flicked on at the near post, and Murphy is on hand to stab home. What a start!
I remember watching Ireland v England in this stadium a few years ago. That was awful.
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The players are on the pitch, the match will begin soon.
I'm predicting a comfortable 3-0 win for the Republic today. Moldova should be able to offer nothing and the home side have plenty of strong players to pick from still.
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That does not look like the most imposing Irish side I've ever seen. It's not a collection of bad players, and they should comfortably beat Moldova, but they need to raise their game for the rest of the group stages.
Ireland are five points behind Serbia, both on eight games. They're four behind Wales, who have played a game more than them. So, while things don't look awful for them, they aren't too convincing either. A win tonight could end up looking essential soon.
Robbie Brady and James McClean are out with suspensions, while Kevin Doyle recently announced a sudden retirement due to medical advice. That means that the focus falls to Shane Long in attack.
Martin O'Neill has discussed his new contract: "We’ve looked at the fact there are some young players coming through – I say young players, I’m talking about mid-20s – who hopefully will take on the mantle of the older players when they drop out of the squad, so there is much to look forward to."
TEAMS: Ireland: Randolph, Christie, Clark, O'Dowda, Duffy, Ward, Henrdick, Hoolahan, Murphy, Meyler, Hoolahan, Long. /// Moldova: Cebanu, Rozgoniuc, Epureanu, Racu, Bordian, Dedov, Gatcan, Anton, Ginsari, Ionita, Platica.
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