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Ireland win in Andorra sets up Armenia showdown

Published: Friday 7 October 2011, 23.34CET
Andorra 0-2 Republic of Ireland
The Irish will go into their decisive final qualifier against Armenia second in Group B after Kevin Doyle and Aiden McGeady secured an easy victory.
Ireland win in Andorra sets up Armenia showdown
Kevin Doyle's opener sparks celebrations in Andorra ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AndorraRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored0
2
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts5
 
12
Attempts on target3
 
5
Attempts off target2
 
7
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
1
Corners2
 
9
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
17
Fouls suffered15
 
15

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 7 October 2011, 23.34CET

Ireland win in Andorra sets up Armenia showdown

Andorra 0-2 Republic of Ireland
The Irish will go into their decisive final qualifier against Armenia second in Group B after Kevin Doyle and Aiden McGeady secured an easy victory.

The Republic of Ireland warmed up for their decisive final Group B qualifier at home against Armenia next week with a comfortable 2-0 win in Andorra.

First-half goals from Kevin Doyle and Aiden McGeady kept the Irish in second place in the section, two points behind leaders Russia who won in Slovakia and face Andorra next. Giovanni Trapattoni's men know they will at least guarantee second place, and a play-off spot, by avoiding defeat against third-placed Armenia in Dublin on Tuesday.

Ireland flew out of the traps and might have scored even before Doyle's eighth-minute opener. Doyle, a scorer when the teams met in Dublin 13 months ago, was foiled by José Gómes, and Robbie Keane then hit the crossbar. The breakthrough came when, after Keane had an effort blocked from a corner, Andorra failed to clear and Glenn Whelan headed the ball back towards goal where Doyle swivelled and flicked it home.

For the second, Whelan fed a free-kick to McGeady on the left side of the box and he fired in a shot across goal. José Gómes got a hand to the ball, only to see it bounce against Marcio Vieira and back into the net.

Robbie Keane ballooned over the best chance of a low-key second half. At the other end, Andorra offered little threat of repeating the qualifying goal they got in their 3-1 loss in Dublin – still their only goal of the campaign. The Irish defence is now unbreached in eight games, a record sequence running back to the 3-2 March defeat by Uruguay and comprising 769 minutes.

Last updated: 08/10/11 0.32CET

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Lineups

Andorra

Andorra

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
GómesJosé Gómes (GK)
1
GivenShay Given (GK)
2
MartínezCristian Martínez
Yellow Card19
2
St LedgerSean St Ledger
3
BernausMarc Bernaus
3
WardStephen Ward
Yellow Card31
5
Emili GarciaEmili Garcia
4
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
6
Ildefons LimaIldefons Lima (C)
Substitution81
5
O'DeaDarren O'Dea
7
PujolMarc Pujol
Substitution60
6
WhelanGlenn Whelan
Substitution65
8
VieiraMarcio Vieira
7
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Goal20
9
SilvaFernando Silva
8
AndrewsKeith Andrews
11
MorenoSergio Moreno
9
DoyleKevin Doyle
Goal8
Substitution71
18
AyalaJosep Ayala
Yellow Card67
10
KeaneRobbie Keane (C)
23
MartínezAlexandre Martínez
Substitution78
11
DuffDamien Duff
Substitution75

Substitutes

13
PeriánezIvan Periánez (GK)
16
FordeDavid Forde (GK)
4
SonejeeOscar Sonejee
Substitution81
12
KellyStephen Kelly
10
Juli SánchezJuli Sánchez
13
LongShane Long
Substitution71
14
PeppeEdu Peppe
Substitution60
14
FaheyKeith Fahey
Substitution65
16
GómezSebastiàn Gómez
15
HuntStephen Hunt
Substitution75
19
LorenzoIvan Lorenzo
Substitution78
17
CoxSimon Cox
21
Marc GarcíaMarc García
18
LawrenceLiam Lawrence

Coach

Jesús Álvarez (AND) Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA)

Referee

Libor Kovařik (CZE)

Assistant referees

Patrik Filipek (CZE), Krystof Mencl (CZE)

Fourth official

Radek Příhoda (CZE)

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  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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