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Slovakia and Ireland share the spoils

Published: Tuesday 12 October 2010, 23.15CET
Slovakia 1-1 Republic of Ireland
Defenders Sean St Ledger and Ján Ďurica exchanged first-half goals to keep both sides' qualifying ambitions alive.
by Rastislav Hríbik
from Zilina
Slovakia and Ireland share the spoils
Ireland's Paul Green takes on Erik Jendrišek of Slovakia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SlovakiaRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts16
 
7
Attempts on target2
 
3
Attempts off target11
 
4
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
2
Offsides1
 
4
Yellow cards4
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
16

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 12 October 2010, 23.15CET

Slovakia and Ireland share the spoils

Slovakia 1-1 Republic of Ireland
Defenders Sean St Ledger and Ján Ďurica exchanged first-half goals to keep both sides' qualifying ambitions alive.

Slovakia and the Republic of Ireland will head into next year with their UEFA EURO 2012 ambitions very much alive after sharing the Group B spoils.

Sean St Ledger put the visitors in front on 16 minutes though the half went downhill from then on for Giovanni Trapattoni's men. Another defender, Ján Ďurica, equalised following a corner and then Robbie Keane spurned a golden chance to restore the advantage when his spot kick was saved by Ján Mucha on the cusp of half-time.

The sides therefore head into the winter level with Armenia on seven points, two behind Russia – though both had chances to pull level with the leaders. Slovakia had already spurned two presentable openings through Kornel Saláta and Juraj Kucka when St Ledger broke the deadlock, jabbing in after Keith Fahey's free-kick caused problems in the penalty area.

The hosts were rocked, but regained their composure when Aiden McGeady's mistake allowed Radoslav Zabavník to drill in a cross that Eric Jendrišek just failed to convert. Ďurica got more than enough purchase on his header on 36 minutes, however, powering in after Marek Hamšík's corner had been flicked on at the near post by Saláta. Ďurica was only playing because Martin Škrtel was ruled out through suspension.

The sold-out Štadión MŠK Žilina was euphoric, even if they were briefly silenced when Mucha brought down McGeady. The goalkeeper made amends by denying Keane and Slovakia began to sense it was their night. Tomáš Hubočan forced Shay Given into action from distance though, as the hosts pushed forward, Ireland almost punished them on the counter 12 minutes from time only for substitute Darron Gibson's lack of conviction to allow Miroslav Karhan to clear the danger. Karhan himself almost grabbed a winner on a night where he became the first player to reach 100 caps for Slovakia but Given denied him while Tomáš Oravec and Keane both wasted golden opportunities late on as it ended 1-1.

Last updated: 17/11/10 11.14CET

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Quotes

  • Miroslav Karhan

    "thank you to coach Vladimír Weiss who believed in me when others said I was too old and not right for the national team"

  • Giovanni Trapattoni

    "Everything went well, we scored the first goal, but the game is over and we have just one point"

Lineups

Slovakia

Slovakia

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
MuchaJán Mucha (GK)
Yellow Card45+1
1
GivenShay Given (GK)
4
ĎuricaJán Ďurica
Goal36
2
St LedgerSean St Ledger
Goal16
5
ZabavníkRadoslav Zabavník
3
KilbaneKevin Kilbane
6
KarhanMiroslav Karhan
Yellow Card90+1
4
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
7
WeissVladimír Weiss
Substitution70
5
DunneRichard Dunne
9
ŠestákStanislav Šesták
Yellow Card32
Substitution70
6
WhelanGlenn Whelan
15
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
Yellow Card18
7
FaheyKeith Fahey
Substitution71
16
SalátaKornel Saláta
8
GreenPaul Green
Substitution42
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík (C)
9
LongShane Long
18
JendrišekErik Jendrišek
Substitution84
10
KeaneRobbie Keane (C)
Penalty45+2
19
KuckaJuraj Kucka
11
McGeadyAiden McGeady

Substitutes

12
PernišDušan Perniš (GK)
16
J. MurphyJoseph Murphy (GK)
2
PekaríkPeter Pekarík
12
KeoghAndrew Keogh
Substitution71
8
PečalkaMário Pečalka
13
McShanePaul McShane
10
StochMiroslav Stoch
Substitution70
14
WilsonMarc Wilson
13
HološkoFilip Hološko
Substitution70
15
GibsonDarron Gibson
Substitution42
21
OravecTomáš Oravec
Substitution84
17
FoleyKevin Foley
22
ŠeboFilip Šebo
18
CunninghamGreg Cunningham

Coach

Vladimír Weiss (SVK) Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Fermin Martinez Ibanez (ESP), Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)

Fourth official

José Luis Paradas Romero (ESP)

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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