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August 15, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Stadion Crvena Zvezda — Beograd
Referee:‬ A. Tudor‎
Attendance:‬ 7800‎
 

Serbia 0-0 Ireland: Trapattoni's men claim creditable draw

A strong performance from the Boys in Green wasn't enough after a series of attacking chances for the away side went begging due to fine display by Vladimir Stojkovic

By Sion Cleaver

Serbia v Ireland, Jon Walters, Milan Bisevac
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Ireland endured a lacklustre goalless draw against Serbia on Wednesday night in their last international friendly before their World Cup qualifying campaign begins in September.


A decent first half showing for Giovanni Trapattoni’s side hinted at a positive result against their mid-strength opponents, but after a string of chances from Aiden McGeady and James McClean, the game ended all square.

The Italian named a healthy Ireland side on the night, with a late change seeing Shane Long left out due to a minor leg injury with Simon Cox brought in to start alongside Jon Walters.

The game’s opening chance went in Serbia’s favour, with Lekic trying to swerve a sneaky ball behind the Irish defence for a run on the flank, only for Keiren Westwood to show quick instincts and avert the danger.

After a relatively tame opening period, Ireland almost broke the deadlock when a fine ball forward from the Irish defence found the run of Walters, who looked to have broken clear only for Milan Bisevac to dive in and clear the threat.

Possession stayed in the away side’s favour, and a Glenn Whelan run saw the Stoke City midfielder stutter slightly before firing a speculative strike from near the half-way line that Vladimir Stojkovic saved with ease.

Ireland looked close to hitting the back of the net just moments later when Stojkovic conceded a corner and allowed Walters to attempt a cheeky half-volley from outside the box from the resulting delivery, provoking an impressive save from the Serbia goalkeeper.

And the game failed to increase upon early promise in the second half with Ireland’s first chance after the restart coming when McGeady’s cross from just inside the box saw the ball deflected back out to him 10 minutes after the break, only to see Stojkovic gather easily.

And Serbia’s best chance of the game came after 71 minutes, a Kuzmanović free kick from outside the area saw a curling cross fly directly towards the left corner only to see Westwood produce a spectacular low save to keep the game scoreless.

The home side looked likely to get a goal late on, just seconds after coming on Nemanja Tomic took a confident forward run before trying his luck from the 30 yards, but the resulting strike narrowly skimmed the woodwork.

Unfortunately the game ended on a sour note for the away side when Cox had to be withdrawn through injury to add to Shane Long’s earlier setback.



Serbia

1
Vladimir Stojkovic
Goalkeeper
3.00
13
4.00
2
3.00
5
Milan Biševac
Defender
46′
2.50
33
Matija Nastasic
Defender
3.00
17
3.00
17
Zdravko Kuzmanovic
Midfielder
82′
3.50
-
Srđan Mijailović
Midfielder
64′
2.50
21
Zoran Tosic
Midfielder
82′
4.00
-
Dusan Tadic
Midfielder
63′
3.50
-
Dejan Lekic
Striker
46′
2.50

Republic of Ireland

4.00
20
4.00
48
3.00
16
John O'Shea
Defender
3.00
15
2.00
2
3.00
7
Aiden McGeady
Midfielder
50′ 79′
3.00
-
James McClean
Midfielder
69′
3.00
6
Glenn Whelan
Midfielder
60′
3.50
16
James McCarthy
Midfielder
2.50
19
 - 
21
Shane Long
Striker
2.50
-
Simon Cox
Striker

Substitutes

19
3.00
50
2.50
10
Filip Djuricic
Midfielder
63′
2.50
18
Milos Ninkovic
Midfielder
64′
3.00
8
2.50
-
Nemanja Tomic
Midfielder
82′
3.00

Substitutes

2.50
4
Paul Green
Midfielder
60′
2.50
17
Andy Keogh
Midfielder
69′
 - 
17
3.00
23
Seamus Coleman
Midfielder
79′

Coach/Manager

-
3.00

Coach/Manager

 
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  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
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A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
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San Jose Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0