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Irish out to frustrate FYROM again

Published: Monday 10 January 2011, 21.00CET
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will look to secure a first point – or at least a first goal – in the Republic of Ireland as they pay a third visit to Dublin.
Irish out to frustrate FYROM again
Robbie Keane in action for the Republic of Ireland ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

Republic of IrelandFYROM

Goals scored20
 
8
Total attempts120
 
123
Attempts on target57
 
50
Attempts off target48
 
62
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork1
 
0
Corners42
 
53
Offsides27
 
27
Yellow cards19
 
25
Red Cards1
 
3
Fouls committed176
 
139
Fouls suffered160
 
131
 
Published: Monday 10 January 2011, 21.00CET

Irish out to frustrate FYROM again

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will look to secure a first point – or at least a first goal – in the Republic of Ireland as they pay a third visit to Dublin.

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will look to secure a first point – or at least a first goal – in the Republic of Ireland as they pay a third visit to Dublin in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group B.

Match background
• The sides are meeting for the fifth time, with Ireland's record in their previous encounters reading W2 D1 L1 (W2 D0 L0 at home). They have yet to concede a goal at home against FYROM.

• The sides were first paired in 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying, with their maiden meeting at Dublin's Lansdowne Road on 9 October 1996 ending in a 3-0 win for the home side, in which Tony Cascarino scored twice. FYROM somewhat surprisingly won the return fixture 3-2 in Skopje.

• Their more recent contests came in UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying. Niall Quinn's goal gave the Irish a 1-0 victory in Dublin, and Quinn opened the scoring again in the return fixture in Skopje, only for Goran Stavrevski to make it 1-1 at the death.

• Ireland are second in Group B, two points adrift of section leaders Russia, but second-bottom FYROM will join them on seven points with a win in Dublin.

Last updated: 01/02/11 18.05CET

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