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World Cup Qualification UEFA • Group D
  • 2nd Half
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Serbia
  • Stojkovic
    90'
  • TadicGudelj
    81'
  • MitrovicPrijovic
    80'
  • MeylerHourihane
    79'
  • McClean
    74'
  • KosticMitrovic
    72'
  • WardO'Dowda
    72'
  • Brady
    70'
  • Maksimovic
    68'
  • HoolahanMurphy
    62'
  • Kolarov
    55'
  • Rukavina
    53'
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World Cup Qualification UEFA - 6 September 2017

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21:42 

So, thanks for your company - night.

21:40 

So, Serbia are nearly there. They need maximum one win from two games, and are guaranteed a top-two finish. Ireland will probably have to win in Wales now.

21:40

Full-time: Ireland 0-1 Serbia

90+5' 

Randolph is up ... Brady with it, the ball ends up behind, and that's that!

90+5' 

Ireland force one last corner, down the right...

90+4' 

It's been coming, and now here it is: Stojkovic is booked for timewasting

90+3' 

Wales now lead 2-0 in Moldova, Ramsey with that goal.

90+2' 

Christie battles across the face of the box and eventually the ball breaks for McClean, who lashes way over the top.

90+2' 

Ireland just have no ideas and no quality. Sorry, but that's how it is.

90+2' 
90' 

Ireland have five additional minutes in which to save themselves.

90' 

Incidentally, Wales' goal was brilliantly created by Ben Woodburn. Decent week he's had.

88'

McClean robs Matic and slides a square pass to Hourihane, who takes responsibility and has dig, sent low and just wide of the far stick.

86'

At last Ireland force an opportunity, Long flicking on for Murphy, who bundles through a challenge and is presented with the ball following a ricochet. He lashes a shot, but too straight for really trouble Stojkovic, and he saves with his foot.

84' 

Ireland can't get anything going - those Serbian subs were timed to perfection, stalling whatever momentum there was. Found by McClean, Christie comes back in off the right, and opts to have a shy, dragging a shot wide of the near post. That was not so clever.

81'

Final change for Serbia: Gudelj on for Tadic/

80' 

Terrible news for Ireland: Wales have scored in Moldova, and will likely go above them in the group at full-time.

80'

Hourihane replaces Meyler.

80'

Another change for Serbia: on comes Prijovic, off goes Mitrovic.

78' 
76' 

Excellent from O'Dowda, taking the ball from Brady, teasing Ivanovic, and crossing for Murphy - who can't get to it because Vukovic is all over him. No penalty says the ref, for reasons known best to himself.

74'

Getting a bit excitable now, McClean going in the back of Kolarov for no reason. He's booked, and will also now miss the next game.

73'

Serbia bring on Mitrovic for Kostic. They'll look to sit back now, thereby reducing the disadvantage of the man less. Meanwhile, Meyler slices wide from distance.

72'

O'Dowda, an attacker , replaces Ward, a defender.

70'

Mitrovic, chased by Brady, flings himself to the floor before there's any kind of challenge. It's a hilarious dive, but it works; Brady is booked, thereby incurring a suspension.

70' 

Bit of argy-bargy before the free-kick, Brady shoving Ivanovic, before he drives it into the wall from 20 yards.

68'

Brady lumps forward, Milivojevic jumps and the ball flicks off his head, and Murphy has a yard on Maksimovic! So Maksimovic scythes in, misses the ball, gets a bit of man, AND IS SENT-OFF! IRELAND ARE PLAYING TEN MEN!

67' 
65' 

The crowd are doing their best to rouse Ireland and Walters responds, making tracks down the right and laying back to Brady, who cuts inside onto his left foot. Aiming for the far post, he tries to find Murphy, loitering thereabouts, but gets just too much on it and Stojkovic collects.

64' 

It's a shame it's not worked out for Hoolahan tonight. He was ok in the first half, but couldn't get a kick in the second.

62'

Change for Ireland: Murphy replaces Hoolahan, which is to say that Ireland have abandoned all pretence of trying to play football.

61' 

It's still 0-0 in Moldova.

59' 

Meyler is late on Tadic, imparting knee to back. There's a delay while the moment is milked for all it's worth.

59' 
57' 

Ivanovic shepherds the ball out of play with McClean trying to get around him. He can't, and the two enjoy some shoving and shouting thereafter.

55'

GOAL! Ireland 0-1 Serbia (Kolarov) This is a great goal, Matic wins a loose ball, finding Tadic with a header, and he squares across the face of the box for Kostic, who instantly moves it one more, for Kolarov on the left of the box. Ten yards out, he murders a sidefooter in off the bar and runs off to perform primal shouting with his mates.

54' 

Rukavina's tackle was even later than this tweet.

52'

Rukavina piles through Ward once the ball has gone, thoroughly earning his yellow card.

52' 

Ireland are pushing a little. Brady curling in a cross looking for Hoolahan. But Ivanovic stretches every fibre to get a flick, taking the ball away from him.

49' 

Clark lumps down the line for Walters, who won't let Maksimovic be thus earning a cheap corner. Brady, though, can only stick the ball on Vukovic's head.

49' 

Seriously. He's only played five times, we've no idea as to his value.

47' 
46' 

Nice flick from Mitrovic finds Tadic, and he dips inside onto his right foot, but can't test Randolph.

46'

Away we go.

20:34 

Neither side will mind this too much; Serbia stay in charge of the group, Ireland have scope to nick a goal. See youse in 15.

20:34

Half-time: Ireland 0-0 Serbia

44' 

It's now Austria 1-1 Georgia; the only other game with goals is in Lichtenstein, where Spain lead 4-0.

43' 
41' 

Mitrovic beats Duffy to a loose ball and takes it away from Christie too, but McClean is wise to him, charging back to tackle at cost of a corner. Tadic drives it to Kolarov on the edge, but too hard, forcing him to sidefoot when he'd like to lace, and Ireland clear.

40' 

This is not such a good game.

38' 
37' 

Tadic sends Kostic away down the left, so Meyler chases him down, retrieves possession, and humps clear.

36' 

Lovely ball from Brady to Hoolahan, and inside the box he sways this way and that trying to lose Maksimovic. But he cannot, and eventually Serbia clear.

33'

Chance Serbia! Outside the box, left corner, Matic finds Tadic, and he slides a lovely pass down the side for Kostic, who squares. But, only seven yards out, Mitrovic can't get hold of his finish, allowing the ball across his body to slide it towards the far corner, and Randolph plunges to shove out before Duffy completes the clearance.

31' 

Long is fouled just outside the box, left-hand side. This is a chance for Ireland, but Brady gently curls the ball onto Milivojevic's forehead. An waste.

30' 

Argy o'bargy off the ball between Clark and Mitrovic. They don't both letting us see, but hopefully both parties depart with festering ill will.

30' 
28' 

Serbia win a free-kick 30 yards out, right of centre. Kolarov looks to be wide and drills it under the wall, but instead hits it wide, dragged past the wall.

26' 

This isn't terrible for Ireland. Ideal world, I imagine they'd like to fly at teams from the off and try and win games early, real world they just don't have the quality. So they need a slow game, solid defending, and a goal snaffled somehow.

24' 

Elsewhere, Wales are 0-0 in Moldova. They've drawn five of their seven games in this group.

23' 

Bad.

22' 

Brady is late on Milivojecivc then Matic, one after the other. He avoids a booking, but Serbia will stick the ball in the box, 35 yards out, close to the left touchline. Tadic, though, picks out Clark, and he heads clear.

20'

Meyler finds Walters in centrefield and he spreads left to Long, sliding a lovely pass between Vukovic and Maksimovic. Long could attack his man, but 25 yards out, he lets fly a curler which is on target but straight at the keeper, who turns over the top easily enough. The corner comes to nowt.

20' 
19' 

The crowd are doing the Iceland clap. "Ferocious".

18' 

Not much going on here.

16' 

Walters finds McClean, who takes aim from 30 yards and is lucky to miscue against Maksimovic, the ball dribbling wide enough of goal to arrange Ireland a corner. Nothing comes of it.

15' 

This tweet feature two exaggerations. Can you spot them?

14' 

Mitrovic paces down the left, Christie in pursuit, and he does well to catch him at cost of a corner, which comes to nothing.

14' 

Long takes the ball back to goal and sways one way then the other before running into Matic. He wants a free-kick but was already on his way down.

14' 
12' 

Stojkovic takes a tricky backpass on his chest, flicks it up and slices clear. That was dangerous, and he dealt with it pretty well.

10'

GOAL! NO GOAL! Ireland work the corner short and Brady then curls into the box, where Duffy heads home from close range. But both he and Long had strayed offside. The decision took long enough for someone to fire up the goal music.

9' 

Brady and Christie link up nicely down the right, Christie shoving the ball past Kolarov and chasing after it; Ivanovic humps clear for a throw, from which Duffy's presence earns a corner.

7' 

McClean barges through Rukavina and narrowly escapes a booking which would see him banned for Moldova. But they've still a free-kick to defend from roughly halfway between the touchline and point of the box; Tadic curls in and Duffy glances behind. The ensuing corner is amusingly poor.

6' 

Rukavina and Tadic are playing very wide, which is making it hard for Ireland's diamond. Well, hard to get the ball, at least, which might be part of plan: soak it up, then break in numbers.

5' 

Walters is indeed playing up front, with Hoolahan at the point of a diamond.

3'

Rukavina finds Tadic down the right and he lays back for Matic, on the edge ... Ireland are in big trouble here. But Matic goes for certainty, side-footing hard but straight. The shot is therefore saveable, but before Randolph needs to do anything, Brady flies into a brilliant block.

2' 

It looks like McClean is playing narrow, as a wide attacker rather than a winger.

1' 

Hoolahan immediately finds the ball on the right touchline and cleverly protects it with his body before laying it back. Nothing comes of it, but Ireland will be pleased to see him asserting himself.

1'

Serbia set us away, so they do.

19:48 
19:46 

Seven if Ireland's XI are on a yellow card. Randolph, Clark, Hoolahan and Long are not.

19:45 

Seamus Coleman is in attendance. An old man greets during the Irish anthem.

19:45 

A quick primer.

19:44 
19:41 

Shaking hands is being done.

19:38 

The players are in the tunnel, ignoring each other. Just as Roy would like it.

19:36 

Mind you, not much on-pitch fun to be had among this lot.

19:34 

I wonder if Ireland would take a draw here. The have Moldova home next, while Wales have Georgia away. It's possible a point tonight and a point in the final game will get them a play-off.

19:34 

Smiling Roy.

19:30 

Martin O'Neill says he made the changes to attack more, with them being at home. Quite why he didn't do that in Georgia, I've no idea. He says that Serbia are the best side in the group, and have been lucky that their best players have staeyd fit.

19:28 

Craig Bellamy reckons this is the kind of game that Ireland will go and win. Based on, er, his hunch.

19:27 
19:25 

So the state of play in the group: Serbia lead Ireland by two points, and Ireland lead Wales by two points; those two meet in the final round of matches. Tasty!

19:24 

Shane Duffy got friction burns on his knees celebrating his goal on Friday night.

19:21 

Jon Walters on the right-wig? Really? Really? Maybe this is in fact a 4-4-2.

19:18 
19:17 

Those are positive changes for Ireland, who've looked clueless of late. They more or less always look better with Hoolahan in the side, while Meylet might give them a little more zip than Whelan.

19:13 
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19:11 
19:00 

Evening all! This is a crucial game for both sides, so we should be in for quite an evening.