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WC Qualification Europe

  • 7 September 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Astana Arena, Astana
  • Referee: M. Avram
  • • Attendance: 12384

Live Commentary

  • Full Time: Kazakhstan 1-2 Ireland. Despite the scoreline, Ireland were completely outplayed by Kazakhstan, who will be utterly aggrieved by the loss. Were it not for the injection of energy from Doyle and Long, Giovanni Trapattoni may well have been nursing his worst loss as Ireland manager. However, the result is what matters and Ireland pick up a crucial three points.
  • 90'
    Assist Stephen Ward
  • 90'
    Goal Kevin Doyle
  • 90'
    There is the final whistle. Ireland have defeated Kazakhstan after two late goals overturned Kazakhstan's lead.
  • 90'
    Westwood catches the ball.
  • 90'
    A hush has enveloped the Astana Arena as Ireland appear to be on the brink of an unlikely victory stemming from a late comeback.
  • 90'
    O'Dea is down on the floor after challenging for a header and Ireland win a free kick.
  • 90'
    There will be four additional minutes.
  • 89'
    Penalty Goal Robbie Keane
  • 89'
    GOAL! Ireland score! Kevin Doyle volleys home
  • 88'
    Yellow Card Mikhail Rozhkov
  • 87'
    The penalty is scored by Robbie Keane. It was won by Kevin Doyle who was fouled in the box
  • 87'
    PENALTY for Ireland!
  • 85'
    SubstitutionUlan Konysbayev Sergey Gridin
  • 85'
    Ostapenko falls to the ground but refuses to receive attention.
  • 83'
    Long charges back into his own half to win the ball from Konysbayev who is lying on the ground. The ball is eventually put out of play.
  • 81'
    Keane concedes a free kick for a push but protests that the recipient is simply time wasting.
  • 80'
    The corner is wasted by Ireland, who are once again crowded out by the Kazakhstan defence.
  • 80'
    Ireland win a dubious corner. With 10 minutes left this could be crucial.
  • 79'
    James McCarthy tries a shot but it is blocked.
  • 78'
    McGeady takes the corner but Kazakhstan crowd the box and clear it to safety
  • 76'
    Dzholchiev breaks through on goal and shoots but Westwood makes a good save to deny him
  • 75'
    Just over 15 minutes left in the game and Kazakhstan look very comfortable in possession and without it. Ireland are out of ideas.
  • 73'
    Glenn Whelan tries a shot from nearly thirty yards but it is easily collected by Sidelnikov
  • 71'
    SubstitutionJonathan Walters Shane Long
  • 71'
    Shmidtgal's free kick culminates in an Irish free kick as St Ledger is fouled.
  • 71'
    Ward gives the ball away before barging into a Kazakhstan player and conceding a free kick
  • 69'
    SubstitutionTanat Nusrbayev Baurzhan Dzholchiev
  • 68'
    Nusserbayev tries a shot after a quick interchange but drags it wide of the post
  • 67'
    Ward plays a cross from the half way line but Sidelnikov is strong and catches
  • 66'
    McGeady crosses the ball but it is weak and is cleared by the Kazakhstan defence
  • 65'
    Ostapenko fouls O'Dea. Free kick is taken long by Westwood but it comes to nothing.
  • 63'
    Kazakhstan free kick is comfortably gathered by Westwood
  • 62'
    Ward chips a one-two back to McGeady but it is too strong and is cleared by Kirov
  • 60'
    Konysbayev is down with an injury, but appears to be able to run it off.
  • 59'
    McGeady beats his man to put in a cross but it is happily cleared
  • 58'
    SubstitutionSimon Cox Kevin Doyle
  • 57'
    Kevin Doyle comes on for Simon Cox
  • 56'
    Corner comes to nothing and the ball is collected by Sidelnikov
  • 55'
    McGeady's cross is parried wide by Sidelnikov for a corner. Cox to take.
  • 55'
    McGeady beats his man before being tripped to win a free kick.
  • 52'
    Poor piece of defending from Ward, who attempts to head the ball back to Westwood, but plays it much to short, forcing the 'keeper to leave his box and clear.
  • 52'
    Nusserbayev easily loses St Ledger before playing a dangerous ball into the Irish box, but it is gathered by Westwood.
  • 51'
    The long ball forward from St Ledger is easily shepherded out of play by Nurdauletov
  • 49'
    Konysbayev unleashes a terrible effort towards the Irish goal that finds its home in the stands
  • 48'
    McCarthy stumbles in the box to lose possession after a piece of positive play
  • 46'
    St Ledger is late in challenging the pacey Ostapenko and concedes a free kick
  • 45'
    Walters concedes a free kick after clattering into Rozhkov when challenging for the ball
  • 45'
    Kazakhstan kick off the second half.
  • The teams are back on the pitch for the second half
  • Half Time: Kazakstan 1-0 Ireland. Kazakhstan will be delighted with this scoreline, but in truth it could be more. Giovanni Trapattoni's Boys in Green have completely failed to cope with the fast-paced passing and look to be bereft of ideas, with the long ball, seemingly, their only tactic.
  • 45'
    Yellow Card Sergei Ostapenko
  • 45'
    There is the half time whistle.
  • 45'
    O'Shea fouls Shmidtgal at the half way line.
  • 44'
    The corner is cleared and finds Whelan, but his shot is blocked.
  • 44'
    A long ball towards Robbie Keane ends in Ireland's sixth corner of the game.
  • 43'
    Kazakhstan appear happy to soak up Irish pressure now that they have the lead. Ireland stroking the ball about the back but have no ideas or impetus
  • 41'
    Wow! Almost 2-0 to Kazakhstan. Ireland struggling hugely to contain Ostapenko and Nusserbayev. A great save from Westwood was parried into the path of Konysbayev, who crashed the ball into the post, but was ultimately offside.
  • 39'
    O'Dea concedes a free kick after shoving Ostapenko while challenging for a header
  • 38'
    Glenn Whelan struggles to control a McCarthy pass and concedes a throw in.
  • 37'
    Assist Heinrich Schmidtgal
  • 37'
    Goal Kairat Nurdauletov
  • 36'
    Shmidtgal's free kick finds the captain Nurdauletov whose header smashes past Westwood.
  • 36'
    GOAL! Kazakhstan take the lead.
  • 35'
    Ward concedes a dangerously placed free kick after felling Konysbayev
  • 34'
    McGeady's corner is met by St Ledger, whose weak effort trickles into Sidelnikov's hands.
  • 33'
    Ireland win their fifth corner of the game, which is taken by McGeady.
  • 32'
    McGeady loses possession on the edge of the Kazakhstan box, after attempting a trick, allowing Kazakhstan to flood forward on the counter, but Nusserbayev's effort is blocked by a body of Irish players
  • 31'
    Poor corner from Aiden McGeady is cleared for a throw in.
  • 31'
    McGeady crosses deep for O'Dea from a free kick but it is cleared for an Irish corner
  • 30'
    Yellow Card Tanat Nusrbayev
  • 30'
    John O'Shea fouled by Nusserbayev, who receives a yellow card for his troubles.
  • 28'
    Ireland keeping possession and flooding players forward. Aiden McGeady does well on the left wing to cross for Keane, who is impeded in his header attempt, but receives no penalty
  • 25'
    Ireland win a free kick after Walters is fouled in midfield. Free kick played to Cox who crosses for O'Shea, but it is cleared by Rozhkov
  • 24'
    James McCarthy looks frustrated as he challenges over zealously for the ball in midfield and concedes a free kick
  • 23'
    Shmidtgal floats a cross into the box but it is headed comfortably into the hands of Westwood.
  • 22'
    A rapid interchange between Cox and Walters allows Cox to get a shot off in the Kazakhstan box, but it goes straight into the side netting.
  • 20'
    Free kick is crossed into the Irish box before being cleared by St Ledger
  • 20'
    Ostapenko wins a free kick for Kazakhstan and Shmidtgal looks likely to shoot
  • 19'
    Keane with a great touch brings the ball under control in the box before slicing a volley wide of the post
  • 17'
    Ireland are keen to slow the tempo of the game. Ward floats a cross into the Kazakhstan box but Sidelnikov collects
  • 16'
    Kazakhstan are utterly tormenting the Irish defence with some quick passing in and around the box
  • 15'
    Shmidtgal floats a dangerous ball into the Irish box that is ushered out of play by Ward
  • 14'
    Kazakhstan have gained confidence from their possession in the game thus far, but a positive spell ends with a poor pass straight to Westwood
  • 12'
    A poor free kick from Glenn Whelan is lofted straight into the hands of the thankful Sidelnikov
  • 11'
    McGeady gifts possession to Kazakhstan, allowing Konysbayev to string a dangerous pass through towards Nusrbayev but it trickles wide to the relief of the Irish defence
  • 9'
    Darren O'Dea with a couple of powerful headed clearances as Kazakhstan pump long balls from defence
  • 7'
    Kazakhstan with some neat one-touch play outside the Irish box that ends with a shot blazed over the bar
  • 6'
    Kazakhstan stringing a few passes together before playing the ball long. St Ledger will breathe a sigh of relief after almost misjudging the path of the ball
  • 5'
    Aiden McGeady unleashes a shot after some trickery on the edge of the box. It flashes wide
  • 3'
    Ireland have won three corners in succession, with Jonathan Walters causing trouble. Kazakhstan's counter comes to nothing
  • 2'
    James McCarthy forces a great save from Sidelnikov with a shot from the edge of the box.
  • 1'
    A frantic attack from Kazakhstan is neutralised by Simon Cox, who plays the ball back to Westwood.
  • 1'
    Ireland launch the ball high into the Kazakhstan half. Ward wins a throw in but it comes to nothing
  • Ireland get the game underway at the Astana Arena!
  • Pleasantries have been exchanged, team photos have been taken and the game is about to get underway!
  • The anthems have been played and the teams are lining up in their respective formations. There are a few empty seats despite the low ticket prices
  • The players are coming out onto the field , the crowd lets out a roar of appreciation
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  • The Republic of Ireland will be keen to put their Euro 2012 disappointment behind them by kicking off with a win in Astana
  • Kazakhstan, who have only been a member of Uefa since 2002, have been positive about their chances in this game against the Republic of Ireland
  • The game kicks off in just under half an hour, and the Astana Arena in Kazakhstan is slowly filling up with fans. Music resounds around the stadium
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