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Ireland find no way past Hungary

Published: Tuesday 5 June 2012, 0.21CET
Hungary 0-0 Republic of Ireland 
Given a stern examination of their resolve, Giovanni Trapattoni's side were forced to settle for a draw in their final warm-up match.
by Garry Doyle
Ireland find no way past Hungary
Spartak midfielder Aiden McGeady was in action for the Republic of Ireland ©AFP

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Published: Tuesday 5 June 2012, 0.21CET

Ireland find no way past Hungary

Hungary 0-0 Republic of Ireland 
Given a stern examination of their resolve, Giovanni Trapattoni's side were forced to settle for a draw in their final warm-up match.

It poured with rain but not with goals as the Republic of Ireland secured a scoreless draw which extended their unbeaten run to 14 games. An even better and more significant result from Ireland's perspective was that all 17 players involved came through the game unscathed, just hours before boarding a plane destined for Gdansk.

Giovanni Trapattoni's side, who begin their UEFA EURO 2012 campaign against Croatia on 10 June, may not have performed to their potential but displayed a familiar solidarity against a dynamic Hungary side, who impressed throughout.

With a thunderstorm delaying the kick off by 20 minutes, the main question of note was which team would settle first. And it was Ireland, who, profiting from Kevin Doyle's aerial presence, almost took a seventh-minute lead when John O'Shea headed over from Damien Duff's right-wing cross.

Hungary's response was immediate. Their midfielder, Balázs Dzsudzsák, was heavily influential in the opening quarter and forced Shay Given to make two excellent saves, the second of which saw the goalkeeper react sharply to divert a deflected shot wide. Now on top, Hungary were unfortunate not to be ahead by half-time but Ireland's defending - particularly from Richard Dunne and Stephen Ward - was impressive.

Just as noteworthy was Giovanni Trapattoni's decision to replace Given and Doyle with Keiren Westwood and Jonathan Walters at half-time - sensible decision-making given the context of the week. With five other changes catered for over the course of the evening, the feeling of inclusiveness for Ireland's squad players was achieved.

One of those replacements, Westwood, performed heroically to deny another Dzsudzsák shot, while Walters came close to breaking the deadlock on three occasions. Yet in the final analysis, Hungary were the better side and could have won it via Imre Szabics, whose 84th-minute strike was cleared off the line by Stephen Hunt.

 
Last updated: 28/06/12 14.52CET

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Lineups

Hungary

Hungary

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
BogdánÁdám Bogdán (GK)
1
GivenShay Given (GK)
Substitution46
2
PintérÁdám Pintér
Substitution46
2
DunneRichard Dunne
3
MészárosNorbert Mészáros
3
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
4
KorcsmárZsolt Korcsmár
Yellow Card42
5
WardStephen Ward
Yellow Card57
5
HalmosiPéter Halmosi
Substitution70
4
St LedgerSean St Ledger
6
KomanVladimir Koman
6
McGeadyAiden McGeady
7
DzsudzsákBalázs Dzsudzsák
7
DuffDamien Duff
Substitution63
8
SzakályPéter Szakály
Substitution66
8
WhelanGlenn Whelan
Substitution85
9
VargaJózsef Varga
10
AndrewsKeith Andrews
Substitution66
10
SzalaiÁdám Szalai
Substitution78
9
DoyleKevin Doyle
Substitution46
11
GyurcsóÁdám Gyurcsó
Substitution87
11
KeaneRobbie Keane
Substitution61

Substitutes

12
VanczákVilmos Vanczák
Substitution46
12
WestwoodKeiren Westwood (GK)
Substitution46
13
SzabicsImre Szabics
Substitution66
13
WaltersJon Walters
Substitution46
14
KádárTamás Kádár
Substitution70
14
CoxSimon Cox
Substitution61
15
NémethKrisztián Németh
Substitution78
15
HuntStephen Hunt
Substitution63
16
KoltaiTamás Koltai
Substitution87
16
GibsonDarron Gibson
Substitution66
17
GreenPaul Green
Substitution85

Referee

Kenn Hansen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Henrik Kristensen (DEN), David Vang Andersen (DEN)

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