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Russia and Ireland search for Group B edge

Published: Monday 1 August 2011, 1.02CET
The top places in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group B are sure to be on both sides' minds as Russia and the Republic of Ireland meet again in Moscow.
Russia and Ireland search for Group B edge
Russia coach Dick Advocaat ©AFP

Tournament statistics

RussiaRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored17
 
20
Total attempts164
 
120
Attempts on target59
 
57
Attempts off target73
 
48
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork2
 
1
Corners69
 
42
Offsides27
 
27
Yellow cards19
 
19
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed147
 
176
Fouls suffered135
 
160
 
Published: Monday 1 August 2011, 1.02CET

Russia and Ireland search for Group B edge

The top places in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group B are sure to be on both sides' minds as Russia and the Republic of Ireland meet again in Moscow.

The top places in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group B are sure to be on both sides' minds as Russia and the Republic of Ireland meet again in Moscow.

• Ireland came up just short when the sides met in Dublin on 8 October; goals from Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Alan Dzagoev and Roman Shirokov left the visitors 3-0 up five minutes into the second half, but while Robbie Keane's penalty (72) and a Shane Long effort (78) gave Ireland hope, there was to be no leveller.

• The Republic of Ireland's record in 14 games against Russia and the Soviet Union reads W4 D3 L7 (W0 D0 L4 in Russia, with three of those losses in Moscow). Ireland's results against an independent Russia are W1 D2 L3 (W0 D0 L1 in Russia).

• Before October, the two teams last met in a pair of qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2004. Russia kicked off that campaign with a 4-2 triumph in Moscow, racking up a 3-0 lead and sealing maximum points thanks to a Phil Babb own goal after Clinton Morrison and Gary Doherty had reduced the deficit. The return encounter in Dublin on 6 September 2003 then ended 1-1, Sergei Ignashevich cancelling out Damien Duff's opener before half-time.

Last updated: 03/08/11 17.48CET

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