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Five-star Cyprus crush Ireland

Published: Sunday 8 October 2006, 0.15CET
Cyprus 5-2 Republic of Ireland
Cyprus inflicted Ireland's worst competitive defeat in 35 years with an outstanding Group D win in Nicosia.

Match statistics

CyprusRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored5
 
2
Attempts on target14
 
6
Attempts off target8
 
4
Corners5
 
7
Fouls committed18
 
26
Yellow cards7
 
3
Red cards0
1

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 8 October 2006, 0.15CET

Five-star Cyprus crush Ireland

Cyprus 5-2 Republic of Ireland
Cyprus inflicted Ireland's worst competitive defeat in 35 years with an outstanding Group D win in Nicosia.

Cyprus bounced back from their opening UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying defeat with a stunning 5-2 victory over a Republic of Ireland side who slumped to a second successive loss in Group D.

Dunne dismissed
Cyprus had gone down 6-1 in Slovakia in their first match but despite conceding an early Ireland goal they got their campaign back on track with Michalis Konstantinou and substitute Constantinos Charalambides both scoring twice in an emphatic triumph. For Ireland, who had Richard Dunne sent off late on, this was their worst result in a competitive game since a 6-0 reverse against Austria in 1971.

Ireland opener
The visitors, impressive in their 1-0 defeat in Germany last month, were handicapped by the suspension of coach Steve Staunton but got off to a strong start nonetheless with a goal after eight minutes from Stephen Ireland. A left-wing ball from Damien Duff was headed back by Aiden McGeady into the path of Manchester City FC midfielder Ireland and the 20-year-old drilled in a fine right-footed shot.

Cyprus double
The lead lasted just two minutes as Andy O'Brien's wayward clearance fell perfectly for Konstantinou and he atoned for an earlier miss with an assured finish. Another defensive error, this time from keeper Paddy Kenny, deputising for the injured Shay Given, presented Alexandros Garpozis with a free header to score after 16 minutes. Ireland replied, somewhat against the run of play, with an equaliser on the stroke of half-time. Duff's corner was met by Dunne's head with the Manchester City defender converting in style.

Cyprus respond
However, the exuberant Cyprus side regained their advantage five minutes into the second half when Efstathios Aloneftis was taken down by O'Brien in the area and Konstantinou coolly finished from the penalty spot. More sloppy defending contributed to the fourth Cyprus goal after 60 minutes, with Konstantinos Makridis setting up substitute Charalambides to shoot low into the net from inside the box.

Victory sealed
Charalambides netted his second 15 minutes from time as he followed up after Kenny had saved Konstantinou's powerful header. Ireland's misery was compounded when Dunne was dismissed for a second yellow card on 78 minutes. He will miss Ireland's next fixture as they seek their first point of the campaign at home to the Czech Republic on Wednesday. Cyprus travel to Cardiff to face Wales, buoyed by arguably the best result in their history.

Last updated: 08/10/06 14.31CET

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Lineups

Cyprus

Cyprus

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

12
MorfisMichalis Morfis (GK)
Yellow Card21
1
KennyPaddy Kenny (GK)
2
TheodotouGeorgois Theodotou
Yellow Card79
2
FinnanSteve Finnan
4
LambrouLambros Lambrou
3
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
5
LoukaLoukas Louka
4
Andy O'BrienAndy O'Brien
Yellow Card49
Substitution71
7
AloneftisStathis Aloneftis
Yellow Card56
5
DunneRichard Dunne
Goal43
Red/Yellow Card77
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas (C)
Yellow Card54
Substitution86
6
KilbaneKevin Kilbane
11
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
Goal9
Yellow Card37
Goal50
7
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Substitution80
13
MichailChrysostomos Michail
Substitution45
8
IrelandStephen Ireland
Goal7
Substitution82
17
SatsiasMarinos Satsias
Yellow Card35
9
MorrisonClinton Morrison
19
GarpozisAlexandros Garpozis
Goal15
Yellow Card32
Substitution77
10
KeaneRobbie Keane (C)
Yellow Card54
20
MakridisConstantinos Makridis
11
DuffDamien Duff

Substitutes

22
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
16
HendersonWayne Henderson (GK)
3
E. CharalambousElias Charalambous
Substitution77
12
DouglasJonathan Douglas
Substitution82
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
Substitution45
Goal59
Goal84
15
LeeAlan Lee
Substitution71
18
YiasemakisYiasoumi Yiasemakis
Substitution86
18
Alan O'BrienAlan O'Brien
Substitution80
8
IliaMarios Ilia
13
St LedgerSean St Ledger
21
TheophilouChristis Theophilou
14
FoleyKevin Foley
27
DaskalakisDemetris Daskalakis
17
TabbJay Tabb

Coach

Angelos Anastasiadis (GRE) Stephen Staunton (IRL)

Referee

Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)

Assistant referees

Jose Cardinal (POR), José Ramalho (POR)

Fourth official

Bruno Paixão (POR)

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