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Ireland dashes San Marino dream

Published: Thursday 8 February 2007, 0.41CET
San Marino 1-2 Republic of Ireland
Stephen Ireland spared the visitors' blushes with a dramatic winner to deny San Marino a first-ever point.
Ireland dashes San Marino dream
Stephen Ireland (centre) shares his relief with his team-mates after scoring Ireland's late winner ©AFP

Match statistics

San MarinoRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
7
Attempts off target0
10
Corners0
10
Fouls committed11
 
6
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Published: Thursday 8 February 2007, 0.41CET

Ireland dashes San Marino dream

San Marino 1-2 Republic of Ireland
Stephen Ireland spared the visitors' blushes with a dramatic winner to deny San Marino a first-ever point.

Stephen Ireland spared the Republic of Ireland's blushes with a last-gasp winner as Steve Staunton's men denied San Marino a first-ever point in UEFA European Championship qualifying and kept alive their hopes of progressing from Group D.

Dramatic finale
Manuel Marani looked to have earned the home team a famous draw in Serravalle when he cancelled out Kevin Kilbane's 49th-minute opener with a rasping low shot four minutes from time. It seemed enough to secure a first point in 38 matches in this competition, but with just eight seconds of stoppage time remaining, Ireland tapped in a simple chance from close range to spoil the celebrations.

Irish dominance
In truth, the visitors dominated large swathes of the match, but were constantly let down by poor finishing. Damien Duff served an early indication of things to come when he scuffed a fourth-minute strike wide, although Lee Carsley came close to breaking the deadlock when he shaved the crossbar with a rising effort soon after. San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini was eventually called upon, making good saves to deny Ian Harte then Duff, before Robbie Keane contrived to drill wide when well placed – there were still only 15 minutes gone and a repeat of Ireland's 5-0 victory in November appeared on the cards.

Keane miss
Keane and Kilbane continued to drive the Republic forward, before the latter finally broke the deadlock after half-time, heading in at the far post after debutant Shane Long had flicked Steve Finnan's cross into his path. Keane then squandered a fine opportunity to seal the win after a mazy run from Duff and the missed chances came back to haunt the visitors when Marani capitalised on a mix-up between Paul McShane and goalkeeper Wayne Henderson. Ireland's last-gasp goal rescued the Irish, however, to lift the side third in Group D. San Marino remain bottom.

Last updated: 08/02/07 13.00CET

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Lineups

San Marino

San Marino

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
A. SimonciniAldo Simoncini (GK)
1
HendersonWayne Henderson (GK)
2
C. ValentiniCarlo Valentini
2
FinnanSteve Finnan
9
MaraniManuel Marani
Goal86
5
DunneRichard Dunne
4
Albani N.Nicola Albani
4
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
Substitution45
5
D. SimonciniDavide Simoncini
Yellow Card17
3
HarteIan Harte
Substitution74
6
MuccioliRiccardo Muccioli
7
DuffDamien Duff
7
BoniniGiovanni Bonini
Substitution76
6
CarsleyLee Carsley
8
DomeniconiMarco Domeniconi
Substitution88
8
IrelandStephen Ireland
Goal90+4
3
Mic. MaraniMichele Marani
11
KilbaneKevin Kilbane
Goal49
10
SelvaAndy Selva (C)
Yellow Card35
9
LongShane Long
Substitution80
11
A. GasperoniAlex Gasperoni
Substitution66
10
KeaneRobbie Keane (C)

Substitutes

12
F. ValentiniFederico Valentini (GK)
16
ColganNicky Colgan (GK)
13
AndreiniMatteo Andreini
Substitution66
12
QuinnAlan Quinn
14
BugliMatteo Bugli
Substitution88
14
HuntStephen Hunt
Substitution74
15
CiacciNicola Ciacci
17
McShanePaul McShane
Substitution45
16
F. NanniFederico Nanni
15
KeoghAndrew Keogh
17
VannucciDamiano Vannucci
Substitution76
18
StokesAnthony Stokes
Substitution80
18
F. VitaioliFabio Vitaioli
19
GibsonDarron Gibson

Coach

Giampaolo Mazza (SMR) Stephen Staunton (IRL)

Referee

Peter Rasmussen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Henrik Sønderby (DEN), Martin Wulff (DEN)

Fourth official

Thomas Vejlgaard (DEN)

Legend:

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