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Di María dampens mood in Dublin

Published: Wednesday 11 August 2010, 23.00CET
Republic of Ireland 0-1 Argentina
Ángel di María's exquisite first-half goal was enough to condemn the hosts to defeat in their opening game at the Dublin Arena.
Di María dampens mood in Dublin
Damien Duff (centre) is pursued by Argentina's Éver Banega (No15) ©Getty Images

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Published: Wednesday 11 August 2010, 23.00CET

Di María dampens mood in Dublin

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Argentina
Ángel di María's exquisite first-half goal was enough to condemn the hosts to defeat in their opening game at the Dublin Arena.

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Argentina
A solitary goal from Ángel di María was enough to condemn the Republic of Ireland to a 1-0 defeat by Argentina in their opening game at the Dublin Arena.

The new 50,000-capacity stadium, built in place of Lansdowne Road, was staging international football for the first time ahead of Ireland's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers as well as the UEFA Europa League final in May. It was not to be a happy first outing for Ireland, though, Real Madrid CF summer signing Di María finding the net on 21 minutes.

Argentina, FIFA World Cup quarter-finalists in South Africa this summer, had begun in positive fashion in the Irish capital, with Lionel Messi first to threaten Shay Given's goal. The Manchester City FC goalkeeper was beaten midway through the opening period, Di María latching onto Romero's punt before executing a delightful lob over Given.

Argentina remained on top for much of the game, leaving Ireland captain Robbie Keane frustrated on his 100th international appearance. The Tottenham Hotspur FC forward did link up well with Damien Duff but the visitors stood firm. Ireland begin their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign in Armenia on 3 September before returning to Dublin to face Andorra four days later. Russia, Slovakia and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are also in Group B.

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.33CET

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Lineups

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Argentina

Argentina

GivenShay Given (GK)
RomeroSergio Romero (GK)
DunneRichard Dunne
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
Yellow Card59
Substitution72
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
McShanePaul McShane
N. BurdissoNicolás Burdisso
Substitution46
KilbaneKevin Kilbane
Substitution57
SamuelWalter Samuel
Substitution83
GreenPaul Green
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
FaheyKeith Fahey
Substitution77
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Goal20
Substitution75
DuffDamien Duff
GagoFernando Gago
AndrewsKeith Andrews
Substitution67
Éver BanegaÉver Banega
SheridanCillian Sheridan
Substitution57
MessiLionel Messi
Substitution58
KeaneRobbie Keane (C)
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Substitution46

Substitutes

KeoghAndrew Keogh
Substitution57
InsúaEmiliano Insúa
Substitution72
TreacyKeith Treacy
Substitution77
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
Substitution46
GibsonDarron Gibson
Substitution67
ColocciniFabricio Coloccini
Substitution83
CunninghamGreg Cunningham
Substitution57
GutiérrezJonás Gutiérrez
Substitution75
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
Substitution58
Milito Diego Milito
Substitution46

Coach

Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA) Sergio Batista (ARG)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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