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Russia resist spirited Ireland fightback

Published: Friday 8 October 2010, 23.45CET
Republic of Ireland 2-3 Russia
The Irish pushed Russia all the way after being three down, but the visitors just held on to join them at the top of Group B.
Russia resist spirited Ireland fightback
Roman Shirokov is congratulated on scoring Russia's third, before the drama really started ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Republic of IrelandRussia

Goals scored2
 
3
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts8
 
11
Attempts on target7
 
5
Attempts off target1
 
6
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners1
 
4
Offsides3
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
16
Fouls suffered16
 
15

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 8 October 2010, 23.45CET

Russia resist spirited Ireland fightback

Republic of Ireland 2-3 Russia
The Irish pushed Russia all the way after being three down, but the visitors just held on to join them at the top of Group B.

Russia resisted a second-half fightback from the Republic of Ireland to breathe new life into their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign, running out eventual 3-2 winners in Dublin.

The recalled Aleksandr Kerzhakov inspired the away team to a two-goal half-time lead, opening the scoring in the 11th minute before producing a clever dummy to set up Alan Dzagoev for his first international goal. Roman Shirokov's 50th-minute deflected effort seemed to have put the result beyond doubt, but Robbie Keane's penalty (72) and a Shane Long effort (78) gave Ireland hope. Russia held on, however, to join their hosts, and Slovakia, on six points at the top of Group B.

Dick Advocaat's side went for their hosts from the start but could have been behind in a frantic minute of action where Aiden McGeady had a shot beaten away and Robbie Keane's cross hit the bar. The visitors took the lead soon after, though, when Sergei Ignashevich flicked the ball across goal and Kerzhakov was on hand to prod in – his ninth goal in five games.

Russia, sharp and neat, were carrying a serious threat on each forward foray and, after Kerzhakov produced a smart stop from Shay Given, it was no surprise when they doubled their lead just before the half-hour. Kerzhakov stepped over Aleksandr Anyukov's low cross to create space for Dzagoev, who placed a clinical shot into the net. Ireland, who had lost just one of their previous 14 home qualifiers, were struggling to cope with the visitors' slick passing. Five minutes into the second half Shirokov strode forward and shot from distance, the ball cruelly deflecting off Richard Dunne past the helpless Given.

Giovanni Trapattoni's team looked out of it, but Keane converted a spot-kick he won himself and then substitute Long fired in after McGeady's shot was parried. Russia just hung on, though, to make amends for last month's home loss to Slovakia.

Last updated: 17/11/10 11.18CET

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Lineups

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Russia

Russia

1
GivenShay Given (GK)
1
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
2
St LedgerSean St Ledger
Yellow Card32
2
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
Yellow Card60
3
KilbaneKevin Kilbane
3
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
4
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
5
DunneRichard Dunne
5
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
6
WhelanGlenn Whelan
Substitution66
6
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Goal50
7
LawrenceLiam Lawrence
Substitution62
7
DenisovIgor Denisov
Yellow Card27
8
GreenPaul Green
8
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Substitution68
9
DoyleKevin Doyle
Yellow Card57
Substitution71
9
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Goal11
Substitution80
10
KeaneRobbie Keane (C)
Goal72
10
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin (C)
11
McGeadyAiden McGeady
11
DzagoevAlan Dzagoev
Goal29
Substitution85

Substitutes

16
WestwoodKeiren Westwood (GK)
12
GabulovVladimir Gabulov (GK)
12
FaheyKeith Fahey
Substitution71
14
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
Substitution85
Yellow Card89
13
McShanePaul McShane
15
SemshovIgor Semshov
Substitution68
14
LongShane Long
Substitution62
Goal78
16
PogrebnyakPavel Pogrebnyak
Substitution80
15
GibsonDarron Gibson
Substitution66
17
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
17
KeoghAndrew Keogh
18
BilyaletdinovDiniyar Bilyaletdinov
18
CunninghamGreg Cunningham
19
BukharovAleksandr Bukharov

Coach

Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA) Dick Advocaat (NED)

Referee

Kevin Blom (NED)

Assistant referees

Rob van de Ven (NED), Arend Brink (NED)

Fourth official

Ed Janssen (NED)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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