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Ireland joy as Wales are defeated

Published: Saturday 24 March 2007, 23.51CET
Republic of Ireland 1-0 Wales Stephen Ireland scored as the hosts marked the first soccer international to be played at Croke Park with a victory.
by Adrian Harte
from Croke Park
Ireland joy as Wales are defeated
Stephen Ireland celebrates his winning goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Republic of IrelandWales

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
2
Attempts off target4
 
1
Corners6
 
2
Fouls committed16
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Saturday 24 March 2007, 23.51CET

Ireland joy as Wales are defeated

Republic of Ireland 1-0 Wales Stephen Ireland scored as the hosts marked the first soccer international to be played at Croke Park with a victory.

Stephen Ireland's first-half goal gave the Republic of Ireland victory over Wales in the first football international played at Dublin's Croke Park, as Stephen Staunton's team recorded a third straight win in UEFA EURO 2008™ Group D.

Great expectations
The early exchanges had failed to match the historic occasion with both sides struggling to retain possession. Indeed, the expectant crowd of more than 72,000 – the largest for a Republic of Ireland international – had to wait until the 14th minute for a sight of goal, when Robbie Keane pulled a shot wide following a half-cleared corner. Although the same player spurned an even better chance, after Ireland's pass had beaten the Wales offside trap and his captain dragged another shot wide, Keane decisively returned the favour to set up Ireland's winner close to half-time.

Croke Park first
Prior to that moment, Wales had responded to Irish pressure with Craig Bellamy dispossessing Richard Dunne and bearing down on goal, with Shay Given coming quickly and bravely out to foil the Liverpool FC forward. For the hosts, Keane played in Damien Duff, prompting Wales keeper Danny Coyne to save with his feet. Staunton's men were not to be denied for long though, and on 39 minutes Keane played a sublime reverse pass to release midfielder Ireland, who showed great composure to round Coyne and slot in from an acute angle.

Opportunities missed
Wales fought back in a largely forgettable second half and could have levelled after 73 minutes when Bellamy miscued a shot from Ryan Giggs's cross. Ireland came close to doubling their advantage on 81 minutes, however, as Kevin Doyle sliced an effort against the woodwork on the half-volley. In the event, Ireland's goal sufficed for the home side and they maintained the pressure on Germany and Czech Republic ahead of the visit of Slovakia on Wednesday. Wales, with three points from four matches, will hope to kick-start their campaign at home to San Marino the same day.

Last updated: 25/03/07 0.51CET

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Lineups

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Wales

Wales

1
GivenShay Given (GK)
1
CoyneDanny Coyne (GK)
3
FinnanSteve Finnan
2
RickettsSam Ricketts
Yellow Card82
4
McShanePaul McShane
3
BaleGareth Bale
Substitution74
5
DunneRichard Dunne
4
CollinsJames Collins
2
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
5
EvansSteve Evans
8
DouglasJonathan Douglas
Substitution80
6
NyatangaLewin Nyatanga
6
CarsleyLee Carsley
8
LedleyJoe Ledley
Substitution45
7
IrelandStephen Ireland
Goal39
Substitution59
9
RobinsonCarl Robinson
Yellow Card86
Substitution90+1
9
KilbaneKevin Kilbane
10
DaviesSimon Davies
10
KeaneRobbie Keane (C)
Yellow Card68
Substitution89
11
GiggsRyan Giggs (C)
11
DuffDamien Duff
7
BellamyCraig Bellamy

Substitutes

16
ColganNicky Colgan (GK)
21
WardDarren Ward (GK)
12
HuntStephen Hunt
Substitution80
12
CollinsDanny Collins
Substitution74
14
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Substitution89
14
FletcherCarl Fletcher
Substitution45
15
KeoghAndrew Keogh
15
ParryPaul Parry
17
DoyleKevin Doyle
Substitution59
16
DuffyRichard Duffy
18
StokesAnthony Stokes
17
CotterrillDavid Cotterrill
19
HarteIan Harte
18
EasterJermaine Easter
Substitution90+1

Coach

Stephen Staunton (IRL) John Toshack (WAL)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Steinar Holvik (NOR), Jan Petter Randen (NOR)

Fourth official

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

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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