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Ireland secure play-off berth at Armenia's expense

Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 21.45CET
Republic of Ireland 2-1 Armenia
Both sides had a player sent off as Giovanni Trapattoni's charges booked their play-off place with a narrow Group B victory at the Dublin Arena.
Ireland secure play-off berth at Armenia's expense
Richard Dunne celebrates his decisive goal for the Republic of Ireland ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Republic of IrelandArmenia

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts13
 
14
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target3
 
9
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
5
Offsides3
 
0
Yellow cards5
 
3
Red Cards1
 
1
Fouls committed17
 
9
Fouls suffered6
 
17

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 21.45CET

Ireland secure play-off berth at Armenia's expense

Republic of Ireland 2-1 Armenia
Both sides had a player sent off as Giovanni Trapattoni's charges booked their play-off place with a narrow Group B victory at the Dublin Arena.

The Republic of Ireland took second place in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group B and a play-off berth at the expense of Armenia, in a tense contest in which both sides had a player sent off.

Armenia were reduced to ten men when goalkeeper Roman Berezovski was adjudged to have handled outside his box and Ireland were then handed the initiative when Valeri Aleksanyan turned the ball into his own net. Richard Dunne doubled the lead after the break but Henrik Mkhitaryan's strike and a second yellow card for Kevin Doyle ensured a nervy finish for the hosts in Dublin.

Ireland had started brightly and found themselves with a man advantage on 26 minutes when the referee penalised Berezovski with a red card after he leapt to block Simon Cox's attempted lob. Aiden McGeady fired over from the resulting free-kick, yet Ireland did not have to wait long for the opening goal. Damien Duff broke free down the right and fired the ball across the face of goal; Doyle could not connect but Aleksanyan accidentally prodded it home.

Armenia created the first opportunity after the interval when Yura Movsisyan evaded the attentions of Dunne only for his effort to be saved by Shay Given. However, Ireland began to make their superior numbers count and seemingly put the game beyond the visitors just shy of the hour when Dunne turned in McGeady's centre.

Armenia maintained their attacking threat, though, and got themselves back into the match almost immediately: Movsisyan squared to Mkhitaryan who scored his fifth qualifying goal with a measured shot into the bottom left-hand corner. Knocked off their stride by the Armenia goal, Giovanni Trapattoni's men had to endure a nervous finale after Doyle received his second booking with nine minutes remaining. However, they held on for the win and will learn their fate in Thursday's play-off draw, which takes place in Krakow at 13.00CET.

Last updated: 12/10/11 14.18CET

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Lineups

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Armenia

Armenia

1
GivenShay Given (GK) (C)
1
BerezovskiRoman Berezovski (GK)
Red Card26
2
St LedgerSean St Ledger
Yellow Card61
4
HovsepyanSargis Hovsepyan (C)
3
KellyStephen Kelly
Yellow Card13
6
MkrtchyanKarlen Mkrtchyan
4
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
8
PizzelliMarcos Pizzelli
Substitution53
5
DunneRichard Dunne
Goal59
9
MalakyanEdgar Malakyan
Substitution28
6
WhelanGlenn Whelan
Substitution76
10
GhazaryanGevorg Ghazaryan
Substitution62
7
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Yellow Card66
Substitution67
14
MovsisyanYura Movsisyan
8
AndrewsKeith Andrews
15
MkoyanHrayr Mkoyan
Yellow Card84
9
DoyleKevin Doyle
Yellow Card69
Red Card81
16
V. AleksanyanValeri Aleksanyan
Goal43
Yellow Card64
10
CoxSimon Cox
Substitution80
18
MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan
Goal62
11
DuffDamien Duff
20
HayrapetyanLevon Hayrapetyan

Substitutes

16
WestwoodKeiren Westwood (GK)
23
PetrosyanArsen Petrosyan (GK)
Substitution28
Yellow Card44
12
ColemanSeamus Coleman
3
YuspashyanArtur Yuspashyan
13
WaltersJon Walters
Substitution80
7
Artur EdigaryanArtur Edigaryan
14
LongShane Long
11
SarkisovArtur Sarkisov
Substitution62
15
HuntStephen Hunt
Substitution67
17
Artak EdigaryanArtak Edigaryan
17
FaheyKeith Fahey
Substitution76
21
BadoyanZaven Badoyan
18
O'DeaDarren O'Dea
22
ManucharyanEdgar Manucharyan
Substitution53

Coach

Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA) Vardan Minasyan (ARM)

Referee

Eduardo Iturralde González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

César Muñiz (ESP)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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