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Irish victory is Russian setback

Published: Friday 5 September 2003, 22.28CET
Republic of Ireland 2-0 Russia Two Irish goals in Waterford deal blow to Russian hopes.
Published: Friday 5 September 2003, 22.28CET

Irish victory is Russian setback

Republic of Ireland 2-0 Russia Two Irish goals in Waterford deal blow to Russian hopes.

Republic of Ireland, whose only previous victory in their UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group 10 campaign has been reversed for fielding a suspended player against Albania, produced a fine performance in Waterford to record a 2-0 win against Russia.

Barrett double
Graham Barrett - who was making his Irish record 25th appearance at this level - scored one goal and made the other on what could be his swansong for the U21s with manager Don Givens set to turn to the next generation of players after his side's until now unsuccessful campaign.

Ireland begin brightly
Russia lie second in Group 10 and wanted victory to secure a top-two finish and keep the pressure on leaders Switzerland. However, Ireland, who lay fourth with two points from six games before today, began brightly and captain Liam Miller hit the crossbar twice in the same fifth-minute move.

Home side on top
Barrett shot over on 25 minutes, and although Marat Izmailov forced Irish goalkeeper Daniel Connor into a save, the home side were the team on top.

Decisive goals
After the break they continued to make their presence felt. The pressure eventually told in the 65th minute as Thomas Butler fed Kevin O'Connor and his low cross was turned in by Barrett for his fourth goal at this level. Sixteen minutes later, Butler's cut-back allowed Barrett to power in a shot which was blocked by goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev but deflected in off Anton Rogotchi for an own goal.

Vital match
Russia now meet Switzerland on Tuesday needing nothing less than victory if they wish to win the group. Ireland's campaign finishes against the Swiss - who lead the group by four points - on 10 October.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.55CET

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Lineups

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Russia

Russia

1
ConnorDaniel Connor (GK)
12
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
2
KellyStephen Kelly
Yellow Card80
2
KuzminOleg Kuzmin (C)
3
KohlmannPatrick Kohlmann
16
KolodinDenis Kolodin
4
CryanColin Cryan
Substitution81
4
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
5
ThompsonJohn Thompson (C)
14
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
Substitution46
6
MillerLiam Miller
10
IzmailovMarat Izmailov
7
ButlerThomas Butler
6
DenisovIgor Denisov
8
BarrettGraham Barrett
Goal66
Goal82
19
KusovAlan Kusov
9
O'FlynnJohn O'Flynn
Substitution89
5
EvsikovDenis Evsikov
Substitution26
10
O'ConnorKevin O'Connor
Substitution76
15
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
11
A ReidAndy Reid
20
AdamovRoman Adamov
Substitution63

Substitutes

12
ByrneClifford Byrne
Substitution81
1
GabulovVladimir Gabulov (GK)
13
CapperStephen Capper
11
GognievSpartak Gogniev
14
DalyJonathan Daly
3
RogotchiAnton Rogotchi
Substitution46
Yellow Card82
15
DoyleMichael Doyle
Substitution76
8
PimenovRuslan Pimenov
Substitution63
16
DeeneySaul Deeney (GK)
7
BoberAnton Bober
Substitution26
17
BrennanStephen Brennan
17
VinogradovSergei Vinogradov
18
ElliottStephen Elliott
Substitution89

Coach

Donald Givens (IRL) Andrey Chernyshov (BLR)

Referee

Cristian Balaj (ROU)

Assistant referees

Marcel Savaniu (ROU), Zoltán Székely (ROU)

Fourth official

Viorel Anghelinei (ROU)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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