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Russia 0-0 Rep of Ireland, 4pm

90+3 min played

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90+3 min Full-time! Ireland escape from Russia with a draw. Russia should have won easily, but frantic Irish defending and poor Russian finishing means that Ireland’s qualification hopes are still alive.
90+3 min Malafeev decides to let the ball out for a throw instead of making one last long ball up the field.
90+3 min A scramble in the Ireland box and the ball is somehow cleared.
90+1 min Yet another Russian corner is headed out of the box.
90 min Three minutes to be added.
90 min Yellow card for Stephen Ward. Ward drags down a Russian player to stop a dangerous counter attack.
88 min Unbelievable save from Shay Given from a header from less than five yards! An amazing miss from that distance. Keith Andrews then makes a great diving block.
88 min McGeady gets by his marker and his cross almost finds Robbie Keane in the area. Semshov makes a great clearance.
87 min Simon Cox pressures Malafeev and forces him to put the ball out for a throw.
87 min An Irish free is cleared.
86 min Arshavin’s cross is headed just wide from Bilyaletdinov.
85 min A Semshov shot is heroically blocked by Stephen Hunt.
84 min Bilyaletdinov again finds himself free in the Ireland penaly area but holds the ball too long. Ireland are hanging on.
83 min An Arshavin shot goes out for a goal kick.
82 min Great chance missed by Bilyaletdinov. The ball is worked to the Everton winger, who is unmarked in the Ireland box. he somehow manages to blast the ball well over.
81 min A Hunt cross finds McGeady and the winger wins a throw-in near the Russia byline. The ball is cleared from the throw-in, however.
79 min Hunt crosses but nobody is in the box for Ireland. The ball goes safely into Malafeev’s hands.
78 min Richard Dunne heads the free kick away. The defender has been immense today.
78 min Yellow card for Stephen Hunt. The winger fouls Arshavin from behind.
77 min Dunne is back on the pitch after having his number put on the back of his jersey.
77 min Arshavin shoots wide.
76 min Dunne has to leave the field as his new jersey has no number on it.
76 Substitution for Russia. Everton’s Bilyaletdinov comes on for Zhirkov.
75 min Long ball almost finds Pavlyuchenko but the striker is offside.
74 min Stephen Kelly makes a great headed clearance from the free kick.
73 min Yellow card for Richard Dunne. The Irish defender is booked for the tackle on Zhirkov.
72 min A heavy challenge from Richard Dunne on Yuri Zhirkov gives Russia a free kick and leaves both men down injured on the running track. Dunne hits his head on the track. Zhirkov is back up but Dunne remains on the ground for the moment.
68 min Stephen Hunt hits a free kick into the Russian box and Robbie Keane heads over.
67 min Substitution for Ireland. Stephen Hunt comes on for Damien Duff.
66 min It’s a poor corner but Cox can only put it out for another corner, which is also cleared.
65 min An Arshavin cross is blocked out for a corner.
64 min Cox shoots well wide from distance.
63 min Simon Cox plays in a dangerous ball into the Russian box but it’s just ahead of Robbie Keane.
62 min McGeady does well to get the ball out to Ward, who sends a bad cross wide.
61 min A Duff free kick is easily cleared and Russia break dangerously.
60 min Anyukov again gets behind the Ireland defence. His cross reaches Kelly who puts the ball out for a corner.
58 min Substitution for Ireland. Simon Cox comes on for Kevin Doyle. Slightly strange substitution from Trapattoni.
56 min Semshov gets behind the Irish defence, but decides to play in Pavlyuchenko rather than shooting. The Spurs striker is not expecting the pass and the ball is cleared.
55 min Richard Dunne makes a good run forward but is dispossed and ground. Dunne still manages to recover and gets a brilliant sliding tackle in from behind to win the ball back.
54 min Substitution for Russia. Kerzhakov comes on and is replaced by Roman Pavlyuchenko.
53 min Arshavin shoots wide fro ma difficult angle.
52 min Keith Andrews fouls Kerzhakov. Kerzhakov takes the free kick but the shot goes straight at the Ireland wall.
50 min Long ball from Andrews finds Kelly, whose header goes to Duff. The Fulham winger is closed down and Duff has to pass it back to Given from the Russia half.
48 min Ireland cut open again but Dunne makes another brilliant block.
46 min Yellow card for Anyukov. The Russian defender fouls Doyle.
46 min Russia kick off to begin the second half. No changes from either side.

Half-Time Ireland somehow make it to the interval at 0-0. Russia have had numerous chances but Ireland’s frantic defending has kept the match scoreless. Richard Dunne has been brilliant at the back, but Stephen Ward has been caught out of position. Anyukov, Zhirkov, Semshov and Arshavin have looked very dangerous for Russia. Ireland might need to take off Keane or Doyle and add another midfielder.

45 min Half-time. The referee just plays a few seconds of injury time.
45 min Alexei Berezutsky’s header is cleared off the line.
44 min Arshavin makes a great quick movement to get away from his marker and almost finds Zhirkov with a clever through ball. Duff clears for a corner.
43 min Ward makes a great run past a couple of Russian players and forces a corner. The corner is played short and wasted, however.
41 min Arshavin shoots straight at Given from outside the box.
40 min Zhirkov curls a great ball towards the Irish back post. The cross misses two attackers and Dunne heads clear.
39 min Semshov goes to ground in the Irish penalty area but the referee waves play on.
38 min Robbie Keane and Aidan McGeady keep the ball well and McGeady finds Ward on the left wing. The defender’s cross is headed away, however.
33 min Dunne clears off the line to deny Semshov! Zhirkov sends three Irish defenders the wrong way before he passes to Semshov. The Russian player sidesteps an Irish defender before sending the ball past Given in the Irish goal. Dunne makes a great lunge to clear the ball off the line and keep the score goalless.
32 min Anyukov hits a long distance shot wide.
31 min Semshov feeds in Anyukov behind the Ireland backline. Stephen Ward is again out of position and McGeady has to recover to block Aniukov’s cross out for a corner.
30 min The ball is worked to Kerzhakov on the left wing, but his cross from the byline is headed away by Dunne.
27 min Shirokov almost plays a nice pass behind the Irish defence but the ball is cleared again. Ireland have defended frantically throughout the first half.
25 min Ignashevich lines up for a powerful free kick but his poor shot goes well wide.
23 min First mistake today from Shay Given. Berezutsky shoots tamely from distance and the Donegal man lets the ball slip through his hands for a corner. Given claims the resulting corner, however.
21 min Given makes another brilliant save. Semshov hits the ball on the half volley from the edge of the box but Given manages to keep the shot out.
20 min Ireland slow down play and keep possession in the Russian half.
15 min A long range Shirokov header goes safely over Given’s bar.
14 min Shemshov gets behind the Irish defence and hits the ball across the Irish goal, but finds nobody. Worrying start defensively for Ireland.
13 min Anyukov again finds himself unmarked down the right wing. Ward was out of position again. McGeady recovers to force a goal kick with a good sliding tackle.
13 min Kevin Doyle hits a long shor straight at Malafeev.
12 min Arshavin has opportunity to play in Anyukov inside the Irish box, but the Arsenal player delays the pass too long and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
11 min Anyukov hits a dangerous cross along the ground but the ball is cleared.
9 min More worrying moments for Ireland as Russia counter attack well. Darren O’Dea manages to head the ball away.
8 min Arshavin almost scores for Russia. Ireland scramble away the ball after a Russian attack but the clearance only reaches the Arsenal man, whose shot almost sneaks inside the right upright. Impressive counter attacking play from Russia and a great save from Given.
7 min Ireland work it well out to Kevin Doyle, who crosses from the byline. The cross causes Russia no problems, however.
5 min Whelan tries an ambitious ball to Kelly on the right wing but the pass is slightly too long and goes out for a goal kick.
4 min Ireland play around with the ball in their own half and seem happy enough to keep possession in the early stages. The play ends with a bad long ball from Stephen Kelly, however.
1 min Arshavin chases Stephen Ward into a corner but Ward forces a goal kick to Ireland.
1 min Ireland kick off and we’re underway in Russia.
0 min The sides are coming on to the pitch and the match will be kicking-off in five minutes.
0 min Ireland’s hopes of making Euro 2012 could be over if we suffer a defeat in Moscow this evening.

Starting Line-Up:

Russia: Malafeev, Aniukov, Vasili Berezutsky, Ignashevich, Alexei Berezutsky, Zhirkov, Semshov, Shirokov, Zyryanov, Kerzhakov, Arshavin.

Subs: Shunin, Pogrebniak, Torbinsky, Pavlyuchenko, Bilyaletdinov, Glushakov, Shishkin.

Republic of Ireland: Given, Kelly, Dunne, O’Dea, Ward, Duff, Whelan, Andrews, McGeady, Keane, Doyle.

Subs: Westwood, Foley, Delaney, Lawrence, Hunt, McCarthy, Cox


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