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Republic of IrelandRepublic of IrelandAviva Stadium - DublinFriday 6 October 2017
20.45CET (19.45 local time)
Group D - Matchday 9
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
09/10/2016QR (GS)Moldova - Republic of Ireland1-3
ChisinauBugaev 45+1; Long 2, McClean 69, 76
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
Republic of Ireland----1100----110031

Last updated 15/09/2017 11:39CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Republic of Ireland - Squad list
Current season
-Colin Doyle12/06/198532Bradford - 0000
-Darren Randolph12/05/198730Middlesbrough - 8000
-Rob Elliot30/04/198631Newcastle - 0000
-John O'Shea30/04/198136Sunderland - 3000
-Stephen Ward20/08/198532Burnley*7000
-Richard Keogh11/08/198631Derby - 2000
-Ciaran Clark26/09/198928Newcastle - 6000
-Shane Duffy01/01/199225Brighton*6100
-Kevin Long18/08/199027Burnley - 1000
-Cyrus Christie30/09/199225Middlesbrough*4000
-Glenn Whelan13/01/198433Aston Villa*7000
-Wes Hoolahan20/05/198235Norwich - 4000
-Aiden McGeady04/04/198631Sunderland*4000
-Harry Arter28/12/198927Bournemouth - 3000
-Eunan O'Kane10/07/199027Leeds - 1000
-Conor Hourihane02/02/199126Aston Villa - 1000
-David Meyler29/05/198928Hull*4000
-Jeff Hendrick31/01/199225Burnley - 5100
-Callum O'Dowda23/04/199522Bristol City - 2000
-Daryl Murphy15/03/198334Nottm Forest - 4100
-Shane Long22/01/198730Southampton - 6100
-Seán Maguire01/05/199423Preston - 0000
-Scott Hogan13/04/199225Aston Villa - 0000
-Martin O'Neill01/03/195265 - 8000
Moldova - Squad list
Current season
-Serghei Paşcenco18/12/198234Zaria Balti - 0000
-Ilie Cebanu29/12/198630Mordovia - 5000
-Alexei Koşelev19/11/199323Politehnica Iaşi - 0000
-Vitalie Bordian11/08/198433Sheriff - 4000
-Alexandru Epureanu27/09/198631İstanbul Başakşehir*7000
-Petru Racu17/07/198730Sheriff - 4000
-Artiom Rozgoniuc01/10/199522Petrocub - 1000
-Dinu Graur27/12/199422Milsami*1000
-Petru Ojog17/07/199027Costuleni - 0000
-Alexandru Gaţcan27/03/198433Rostov - 5100
-Andrei Cojocari21/01/198730Milsami - 6000
-Alexandru Dedov26/07/198928Milsami*7100
-Alexandru Paşcenco28/05/198928Dacia - 1000
-Alexandru Antoniuc23/05/198928Milsami - 4000
-Artur Ioniţa17/08/199027Cagliari - 4000
-Gheorghe Anton27/01/199324Sheriff - 2000
-Eugeniu Cociuc11/05/199324Žilina - 2000
-Radu Gînsari10/12/199125H. Haifa*6100
-Vladimir Ambros30/12/199323Petrocub - 1000
-Sergiu Platica05/06/199126Milsami - 0000
-Igor Dobrovolski27/08/196750 - 8000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Martin O'Neill

Date of birth: 1 March 1952
Nationality: Northern Irish
Playing career: Lisburn Distillery FC, Nottingham Forest FC, Norwich City FC (twice), Manchester City FC, Notts County FC, Chesterfield FC, Fulham FC
Coaching career:
Grantham Town FC, Shepshed Charterhouse FC, Wycombe Wanderers FC, Norwich City FC, Leicester City FC, Celtic FC, Aston Villa FC, Sunderland AFC, Republic of Ireland

• The highlight of Northern Irish international O'Neill's playing career was winning the 1977/78 English title and 1979 and 1980 European Cups under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest (though he did not play in the first of those finals). He also appeared at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

• After injury ended O'Neill's career, he entered management with non-league Grantham, Shepshed and Wycombe, whom he led into the Football League for the first time in 1993 and a further promotion the next year.

• He left Wycombe for Norwich in June 1995 but within six months had gone to Leicester, whom he would guide into the Premier League, winning the 1997 and 2000 League Cups to earn two UEFA Cup campaigns.

• O'Neill was appointed by Celtic in summer 2000 and in five years at the helm landed three league titles and three Scottish Cups, the Scottish League Cup completing a 2000/01 treble. He also led them to the 2003 UEFA Cup final.

• Managed Aston Villa between 2006 and 2010, then Sunderland from 2011 to March 2013. O'Neill was appointed Ireland manager, to be assisted by fellow former Forest player Roy Keane, that November, and led the team to UEFA EURO 2016 via a play-off win against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Agreed to stay on until the 2018 FIFA World Cup before the finals, where Ireland were eliminated by hosts France in the last 16.



Igor Dobrovolski

Date of birth: 27/08/1967
Nationality: Russian
Playing career: FC Nistru Chisinau, FC Dinamo Moskva, Playas de Castellón FS, Servette FC, Genoa CFC, Olympique de Marseille, Club Atlético de Madrid, SC Fortuna Düsseldorf, FC Tiligul Tiraspol
Coaching career: FC Tiligul Tiraspol, FC Academia Chisinau, FC Dacia Chisinau, FC Veris, FC Sakhalin, Moldova (twice)

• Born near the Ukrainian-Moldovan border, Dobrovolski was schooled at an academy in Tiraspol, and made his name as a creative midfielder with Nistru Chisinau, earning a move to Dinamo Moskva in 1986.

• A gold medal winner with the Soviet Union at the 1988 Olympics, he was also in the side that won the 1990 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. He appeared with the senior side at the FIFA World Cup finals that summer, and also played at the 1992 and 1996 UEFA European Championships. Capped 47 times in total.

• Played in Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Germany, and was at Marseille when they followed up a 1991/92 French title success with triumph in the 1992/93 UEFA Champions League.

• Returned to Moldova in 2005 to become player-coach at Tiligul, leading his side to fourth place in his only season in charge. Hired as Moldova coach Anatol Teslev's assistant, he was in sole command from 2007-09, Moldova earning a best-ever total of 12 points under him in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying, and reaching a pinnacle of 37th in the FIFA rankings.

• Led Dacia to Moldovan title in 2010/11 before working with Veris and Sakhalin. Hired as Moldova boss for a second time on 23 December 2015.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeBas Nijhuis (NED)
  • Assistant refereesJoost van Zuilen (NED) , Charles Schaap (NED)
  • Fourth officialSerdar Gözübüyük (NED)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerLuca Zorzi (SUI)
  • Referee observerOguz Sarvan (TUR)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Bas Nijhuis12/01/1977567

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
13/07/2010UCL2QRBohemian FCThe New Saints FC1-0Dublin

Last updated 04/10/2017 11:20CET

Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Republic of Ireland

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group D - Group Standings
    Republic of Ireland83419613
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Serbia 2-2 Republic of Ireland
    0-1 Hendrick 3, 1-1 Kostić 62, 2-1 Tadić 69 (P) , 2-2 Murphy 81
    Randolph, Coleman, O'Shea, Keogh, Whelan, Long (91 Clark), Brady, McClean, Hendrick (75 Murphy), Ward (70 Quinn), Walters
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia
    1-0 Coleman 56
    Randolph, Coleman, Clark, Duffy, McCarthy, Long (94 O'Shea), Brady (79 Whelan), McClean, Hendrick, Ward, Walters
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Moldova 1-3 Republic of Ireland
    0-1 Long 2, 1-1 Bugaev 45+1, 1-2 McClean 69, 1-3 McClean 76
    Randolph, Coleman, Clark, Whelan, Duffy, McCarthy (80 Meyler), Long (63 O'Dowda), McClean, Hoolahan (86 O'Kane), Ward, Walters
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Austria 0-1 Republic of Ireland
    0-1 McClean 48
    Randolph, Coleman, Clark, Whelan (24 Meyler), Arter, Brady, McClean (85 McGeady), Hendrick, Hoolahan (78 McGoldrick), Duffy, Walters
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Republic of Ireland 0-0 Wales
    Randolph, Coleman (72 Christie), Keogh, O'Shea, McClean, Whelan, Long, Hendrick, Ward, Meyler (79 McGeady), Walters
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Republic of Ireland 1-1 Austria
    0-1 Hinteregger 31, 1-1 Walters 85
    Randolph, Christie, Whelan (77 McGeady), Brady, McClean, Hendrick, Ward (56 Murphy), Long, Walters, Duffy, Arter (71 Hoolahan)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Georgia 1-1 Republic of Ireland
    0-1 Duffy 4, 1-1 Kazaishvili 34
    Randolph, Christie, Clark, Whelan (79 Murphy), Long, Brady, McClean, Ward, Walters, Duffy, Arter (61 McGeady)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    Republic of Ireland 0-1 Serbia
    0-1 Kolarov 55
    Randolph, Christie, Clark, Long, Brady, McClean, Hoolahan (62 Murphy), Ward (72 O'Dowda), Meyler (79 Hourihane), Walters, Duffy
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Republic of Ireland-Moldova
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    Wales-Republic of Ireland


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Wales 4-0 Moldova
    1-0 Vokes 38, 2-0 Allen 44, 3-0 Bale 51, 4-0 Bale 90+5 (P)
    Cebanu, Armaş, A. Epureanu, Ioniţa, Gaţcan, Cebotaru (75 Sidorenco), Dedov (85 Mihaliov), Gînsari (75 Bugaev), Cașcaval, Cojocari, I. Jardan
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Moldova 0-3 Serbia
    0-1 Kostić 19, 0-2 Ivanović 37, 0-3 Tadić 59
    Cebanu, Carp, Racu, A. Epureanu, Cojocari, Gaţcan, Cebotaru (77 Gînsari), Dedov (63 Sidorenco), Bolohan, Andronic (69 Mihaliov), Bugaev
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Moldova 1-3 Republic of Ireland
    0-1 Long 2, 1-1 Bugaev 45+1, 1-2 McClean 69, 1-3 McClean 76
    Calancea, Armaş (36 Golovatenco), Cojocari, Gaţcan, Dedov, Bordian, Posmac, Bolohan, Andronic (83 Sidorenco), Bugaev, Zasaviţchi (61 Cebotaru)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Georgia 1-1 Moldova
    1-0 Kazaishvili 16, 1-1 Gaţcan 78
    Cebanu, Posmac, I. Jardan, A. Epureanu, Racu (41 Golovatenco), Gaţcan, Bordian, Bolohan, Mihaliov (77 Andronic), Sidorenco (70 A. Antoniuc), Bugaev
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Austria 2-0 Moldova
    1-0 Arnautović 75, 2-0 Harnik 90
    St. Namaşco, Golovatenco (80 Racu), A. Epureanu, Gaţcan, Cebotaru, Dedov, Gînsari, Posmac, A. Antoniuc (62 Ioniţa), Bolohan (90 Mihaliov), Bugaev
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Moldova 2-2 Georgia
    1-0 Gînsari 15, 2-0 Dedov 36, 2-1 Merebashvili 65, 2-2 Kazaishvili 70
    St. Namaşco, Posmac, Carp (73 Cojocari), A. Epureanu, Ţîgîrlaş (78 Racu), Cebotaru, Dedov, Gînsari, Bordian, A. Antoniuc, Cociuc (73 Bugaev)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Serbia 3-0 Moldova
    1-0 Gačinović 20, 2-0 Kolarov 30, 3-0 A. Mitrović 81
    Cebanu, Armaş, Posmac, A. Epureanu, Ioniţa, Cociuc (59 A. Antoniuc), Cebotaru, Dedov, Gînsari, Cojocari (75 Carp), Anton (81 Bugaev)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    Moldova 0-2 Wales
    0-1 Robson-Kanu 80, 0-2 Ramsey 90+3
    Cebanu, Graur (85 Ambros), Posmac, A. Epureanu, Ioniţa (85 Bugaev), Dedov, Gînsari, Bordian, Anton, Paşcenco (70 Cojocari), Rozgoniuc
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Republic of Ireland-Moldova
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
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  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
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