Republic of Ireland vs Serbia

5 March 2014 19:45 GMT 05/03/2014 19:45:00 GMT
Ref: V. Kassai
Aviva Stadium
Attendance: 37,595
Republic of Ireland
  • S. Long 8'
  • J. McCarthy (og) 48'
  • F. Đorđević 60'
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live commentary

    Good evening and welcome to Goal's live coverage of the Republic of Ireland and Serbia at the Aviva Stadium. I'm Ronan Murphy, and I'll be bringing you all the action for the next two hours or so.
    The friendly is Martin O'Neill's third game in charge as Ireland manager, while Ljubinko Drulovic is hoping to make his caretaker role a permanent one after replacing Sinisa Mihajlovic as Serbian boss.
    Republic of Ireland team: Forde, Coleman, Keogh, Wilson, Ward, McGeady, McCarthy, Whelan, Hoolahan, McClean, Long.
    Serbia starting XI: Stojkovic, Rukavina, Bisevac, Ivanovic, Dordevic, Tadic, Kolarov, Matic, Fejsa, Basta, Markovic.
    There are many familiar faces for Premier League fans in the Serbian line-up, while the big talking point for the Boys in Green is the omission of John O'Shea from the Ireland team.
    Shane Long leads the line for Ireland, and manager Martin O'Neill has been promoting him as the natural successor to Robbie Keane for the Boys in Green. The LA Galaxy striker remains at his club following ankle surgery and misses tonight's friendly.
    The teams are on the pitch, and are all being presented to Ireland President Michael D Higgins, who is a huge football fan, and is expected to closely follow Galway FC in their upcoming League of Ireland campaign.
    Quite a full bench for the Boys in Green this evening, but only six replacements can be made by either side.
    The anthems are being belted out this evening by both teams, and a small Serbian support.
    Martin O'Neill's side have yet to concede in either of his games in charge so far, could we be in line for another stalemate this evening? There's a few players in the squad tonight who will be out to impress and force their way into O'Neill's plans, so that could liven up what is usually one of the less exciting friendly dates.
    O'Neill has gone for an all new central defensive pairing with Marc Wilson lining up beside relative international newcomer Richard Keogh.
  • 1'
    Serbia get the game underway.
  • 2'
    The midfield looks quite crowded, with both teams going for a packed middle.
  • 3'
    A fantastic ball from James McClean on the left finds Glenn Whelan unmarked in the area, the Stoke City midfielder slots it home, but the referee rules the strike out for offside.
  • 4'
    Replays show that Wes Hoolahan touched the ball on the way in, ruling out Whelan's goalbound effort.
  • 5'
    Ireland passing the ball around at the back, but Serbia are pressing high up the pitch, affording little time to carve their way through.
  • 8'
    Branislav Ivanovic makes a terrible mistake at the back, allowing Shane Long to get through on goal, and the Hull City striker chips it into the net.
  • 10'
    Nantes striker Filip Djordjevic has the first real chance for the visitors, but can't keep it on target.
  • 13'
    Serbia getting forward more now, and win the first corner of the game.
  • 14'
    The corner is whipped in and finds the head of Bisevac, but it's easy for Forde to deal with.
  • 16'
    Serbian goalkeeper Stankovic doesn't look good on the ball under pressure from Long, clearing it to safety.
  • 17'
    McClean chases a high ball into the corner, but never looked like reaching it.
  • 18'
    Serbia looking decent in the air, putting in another dangerous ball, but Djordjevic can't connect properly with the header.
  • 19'
    Twente midfielder Dusan Tadic is looking good in the middle for Serbia, and almost puts Djordjevic through. The ball falls to Lazar Markovic, but Forde is out quickly.
  • 22'
    James McCarthy prevents a certain equaliser with a header off the line, stopping Ivanovic's header.
  • 23'
    James McClean wins a corner, which McGeady crosses in. Wilson rises highest, but can't keep his header down.
  • 26'
    Tadic thinks he has won a corner with a deflected effort, but a goalkick is awarded.
  • 28'
    Coleman shows a great burst of pace on the overlap, and wins a corner from Ivanovic.
  • 29'
    McGeady and McClean have swapped wings. The Wigan Athletic wideman has had a positive start on the left.
  • 30'
    Stephen Ward gives away a corner with a very poor clearance that Djordjevic charges down.
  • 31'
    Ireland launch a quick counter as Hoolahan and McGeady link up before playing through Long, the striker is one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but shoots straight at Stojkovic.
  • 32'
    Coleman gets into another good forward position, crossing in for Long, but Bisevac cuts it out with a sliding clearance.
  • 33'
    Serbia's full-backs like getting forward too, and Rukavina runs out of steam after a great run down the right. Ireland held their line well and clear the danger.
  • 34'
    Playing on the opposite wing allows McClean to cut in onto his stronger left foot, but he slices a shot wide from distance.
  • 35'
    McCarthy with a heavy challenge in the centre of the park, but gets away with a warning.
  • 37'
    Kolarov shows some fine footwork getting into a good position, but cleverly wins a free-kick off Wilson who blocks his path.
  • 37'
    The Manchester City defender decides to shoot from the set-piece, but the ball is deflected off the wall and out for a corner.
  • 38'
    Whelan gets up to head the corner out, and push men out to stop the ball being fed back into the danger zone.
  • 39'
    Tadic picks out Basta with a clever free-kick routine, but Wilson gets across to clear the danger.
  • 39'
    Another chance for McClean to cut in, and his low drive has the beating of Stojkovic, but not the post.
  • 40'
    Ward opts to run the ball back into the box, putting his side under serious pressure. Tadic opens up space to shoot, and Forde has to be alert to tip it over.
  • 43'
    Long knocks it down for McClean, who faces a difficult battle with Kolarov to the ball, with the defender winning and playing it back to the keeper to clear.
  • 44'
    Ireland passing it around the back, but Serbia aren't pressing as high up any more with just a minute of so of normal time left in the half.
  • 45'
    Hoolahan is well beaten by Matic, and picks up a booking after taking out the Chelsea midfielder.
  • 45'
    Few niggly fouls in first-half stoppage time, with Ireland looking happy to go in ahead at the interval.
  • 45'
    McGeady wins the ball off Ivanovic before running into Hoolahan. The Everton winger has not been at his best so far.
    Martin O'Neill's side lead by a goal at half-time, and looked the better side for much of the half.
    O'Neill will be happy with his side's performance so far. Ireland have twice had the ball in the net, and defended well for the most part.
    Wales and Iceland have gone in 1-1 at half-time, with James Collins giving the hosts the lead before an Ashley Williams own goal levelled the tie.
    England are in the final minutes of their first-half with Denmark, where it's still scoreless.
    Some of Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifying opponents are also in action tonight. Germany lead Chile 1-0 with Mario Gotze on target. Scotland are scoreless in Poland, while Georgia beat Liechtenstein 2-0.
    The teams are back out on the pitch, with no changes to either side.
  • 46'
    Ireland get the second-half underway, playing it back to Forde.
  • 48'
    James McCarthy can't keep the ball out of the net after poor Irish defending allows Serbia into the box. Kolarov pulls the ball back across for Djordjevic, but McCarthy deflects it in as he tries to clear.
  • 50'
    That goal was McCarthy's first in a green jersey, and also the first conceded during the O'Neill era.
  • 53'
    Once again, Hoolahan picks out Shane Long with a defence-splitting pass, but the striker takes the shot first time and chips the ball wide.
  • 55'
    Whelan wins a free kick in the centre of the park. Tonight's captain has put in a good shift for the hosts.
  • 58'
    McGeady does well to beat two players before threading a ball out wide to McClean. However, Kolarov gets in ahead of McClean to clear the danger.
  • 59'
    Former Manchester United midfielder Zoran Tosic comes on for Dusan Basta.
  • 59'
    Z. Tošić enters play, replacing D. Basta.
  • 60'
    Tadic pulls the ball back for Tosic, who can't connect properly, but the ball comes to Djordjevic who squeezes the ball in at the near post.
  • 60'
    Z. Tošić provided the assist.
  • 61'
    D. Meyler enters the game and replaces J. McCarthy.
  • 61'
    W. Hoolahan is replaced with A. Pilkington.
  • 64'
    C. Clark enters play, replacing S. Ward.
  • 65'
    Markovic is growing into the game since the break, and is causing much more of a threat to Coleman down the left.
  • 65'
    Meyler spreads the ball out to Pilkington, who opens a shooting angle, but it's easy for Stojkovic.
  • 69'
    Coleman looking a bit under pressure at the back, needing Keogh to clean up in defence.
  • 71'
    Djordjevic tries to acrobatically steer it into the net after a great ball from Tadic. The ball falls to Tosic, who shoots tamely at Forde.
  • 72'
    S. Long is done for the day. J. Walters is his replacement.
  • 73'
    Ipswich Town's Daryl Murphy returns to the international arena after five and a half years on the sidelines.
  • 73'
    D. Murphy enters play, replacing A. McGeady.
  • 75'
    L. Marković is replaced with M. Sulejmani.
  • 76'
    Tadic's corner is headed clear by Whelan, but Serbia quickly put Ireland under pressure again. Sulejmani tries from distance, but it's straight at Forde.
  • 80'
    G. Whelan is done for the day. S. Quinn is his replacement.
  • 81'
    Ivanovic goes into the book for a needless push on Jon Walters.
  • 81'
    A. Ljajić enters play, replacing D. Tadić.
  • 82'
    B. Ivanović receives a yellow card.
  • 85'
    Djordjevic, Tosic, and Ljajic all break quickly, but Tosic chooses the wrong option, and can only win a corner.
  • 86'
    N. Matić gets yellow.
  • 86'
    F. Đorđević is replaced with S. Šćepović.
  • 88'
    Plan B from O'Neill's side, launching high balls into the area.
  • 89'
    Nemanja Gudelj comes on for his first ever game, but has a very short time to make an impact.
  • 89'
    A. Rukavina is done for the day. N. Gudelj is his replacement.
  • 90'
    Three minutes to be added on. Can Ireland find an equaliser?
  • 90'
    Forde does well to get down to a low Kolarov drive. The defender had plenty of space to shoot.
    It's all over at the Aviva Stadium, where Martin O'Neill experiences his first defeat as Ireland boss.
    The Boys in Green don't have another international game until May, but play a number of summer friendlies to help O'Neill fine tune his side ahead of Euro 2016 qualifying.
    That's all from me, Ronan Murphy, at the Aviva Stadium. Disappointment for Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland, who were missing some veteran players. Would the experience of Keane and O'Shea have made the difference?

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