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15 October 2013
• Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Referee: V. Direktorenko
• Attendance: 21700
Republic of Ireland
R. Keane 17'
J. O'Shea 26'
D. Shomko 78' (own goal)
D. Shomko 13'
That's all from me, Ronan Murphy, as the Boys in Green run out 3-1 winners against Kazakhstan. Perhaps the next game will see a new man at the helm of the Republic of Ireland.
90' + 4'
Austria meanwhile won 3-0 in Torshavn to seal third place in Group C.
90' + 3'
That's Group C completed. Sweden and Austria was another eight goal thriller, but this time an Andrea Shurrle hat-trick gave Joachim Low's side a 5-3 win.
90' + 2'
Full-time in Dublin and Noel King records his first win as interim Ireland manager. The Boys in Green looked comfortable for the majority of the game, and deserved to win.
Two minutes to be added on as the stadium announcer awards James McCarthy the man of the match.
Finonchenko delivers in a free-kick from a dangerous position, but it deflects off the wall.
McGeady overdoes it in the box, giving away a free out.
Substitute Finonshenko blasts in a shot, but Dunne is in the way to clear.
McGeady does well to get into the area, but his dinked ball for Keane is too close to the goalkeeper.
Own Goal Dmitri Shomko
Stokes shows great determination to save the ball in the corner, he lays it off for McGeady, who beats two defenders to put the ball into the area, where it's turned in by Shomko.
McGeady's first involvement wins a corner.
Andy Matthew Reid
Aiden McGeady waiting to get on, but Ireland happy to pass it around. McCarthy plays in a nice ball for Keane, who lays it off for Reid, but it's straight at the goalkeeper.
Game has become a bit stale in this half. Noel King may have to make a change to liven things up.
Are Sweden and Germany heading for another 4-4? Just one goal away now. Andrea Shurrle and Tobias Hysen have both got their second.
Goals from Sebastian Prodl and David Alaba from the spot have put Austria 3-0 ahead in the Faroe Islands.
Andy Reid tries an ambitious chip after a poor clearance. Luckily for Sidelnikov the ball finds the roof of the net.
Stokes cuts in onto his stronger foot, but the goalkeeper gets down well to collect.
Ambitious shot from substitute Yurin. Ireland really need another goal to seal the win.
Reid's corner finds Wilson's head in the box, but it bounces wide. Kazakhstan have not looked all that comfortable defending set-pieces.
Stokes can't find Keane after holding the ball up, it's headed clear as far as Whelan, who hits it well, but it's just off target.
Sweden and Germany always makes for an interesting match, and it's now 2-3 in Solna. Mario Gotze and Andrea Shurrle have put the visitors ahead.
Ireland passing it around well again, but are lacking that incisive final pass.
Germany went in just a goal down at half-time thanks to Mesut Ozil's goal. The Arsenal midfielder has been Germany's top scorer in qualifying.
Stokes takes his time on the ball in the box, and plays in Reid, but the Nottingham Forest man's cross is too heavy for Doyle.
Back underway, and Robbie Keane does well to take down a high ball, but can't connect properly with the shot.
The teams are back out for the second-half. No changes at the interval for either side.
A late first-half goal from Wayne Rooney has put England 1-0 ahead against Poland. The Three Lions will seal their place in Brazil with a win.
A 1-0 win over Lithuania sent Bosnia and Herzegovina to their first ever World Cup finals, edging out Greece on goal difference.
Earlier today, Russia progressed to the World Cup despite drawing 1-1 in Azerbaijan. Portugal advance to the playoffs from Group F, while Northern Ireland came away from Israel with a 1-1 draw.
Half-time at the Aviva Stadium. The Boys in Green come from behind, but take a deserved lead in at the break.
45' + 4'
Kazakhstan curl in a free-kick, but O'Shea heads it clear. Into the last minute of stoppage time.
45' + 2'
Some great skill from Coleman and then Reid causes the Irish fans to get off their seats in anticipation, but McCarthy's cross back in evades any Irish player.
Andreas Ivanschitz has given Austria the lead in the Faroe Islands. Back in Dublin, there's four minutes extra to be played due to Gibson's injury.
Elsewhere in Group C, Sweden have just doubled their lead against Germany. They're 2-0 up thanks to goals from Tobias Hysen and Alex Kacaniklic.
Good spell of passing play from Ireland, but they can't thread it through the Kazakhstan defence, with both Robbie Keane and Anthony Stokes waiting at the edge of the area.
After not making any substitutions over 90 minutes on Friday, Noel King is forced into his first change of the night as Gibson goes off on a stretcher.
An injury to Darron Gibson has caused a bit of a delay. The midfielder is down in the middle of the pitch, and Glenn Whelan looks set to come on in his place.
Kislitsyn delivered in the cross to win that corner, but that's his last action as he's withdrawn due to injury. A poor night for the full-back, who was booked as he gave away the penalty.
Kazakhstan win their first corner as Marc Wilson does well to head clear.
That goal was John O'Shea's second in 93 caps. Robbie Keane, on the other hand, now has 61 goals in 130 games.
Goal John O'Shea
Ireland win another corner. Reid crosses onto the head of Richard Dunne. The keeper keeps out Dunne's initial header, but can't get to John O'Shea's effort on the rebound.
Kazakhstan's long ball is well cut out by John O'Shea. Seamus Coleman wins a throw, but the Everton full-back hasn't impressed as of yet.
Kazakhstan have barely gotten the ball out of their own half since taking the lead. Wilson shows great vision to set Stokes away down the left with a back-heel, but the Celtic forward's cross is a poor one.
Penalty Goal Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane sends the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot.
Yellow Card Aleksandr Kislitsyn
Reid has taken every set-piece so far, and he finds Kislitsyn's hand at the back post to win a penalty.
Ireland much more urgent since the goal, and Stokes wins a free-kick right on the edge of the area.
Goal Dmitri Shomko
The visitors take the lead with an excellent strike. Coleman miskicks his clearance, with the ball falling to Shomko, who leaves Forde absolutely no chance.
Coleman tries from distance. However his shot was always going over.
Kazakh keeper called into action again, as Dunne gets up to head on target, but the Queens Park Rangers defender impeded his opponent to get up for the header.
Another poor clearance from Dunne, but the defender does well to recover. However, the Kazakhs get a good ball in, but Maksat Baizhanov heads just over. Best chance of the game.
Good spell of passing play from Ireland, and Doyle wins a free-kick. Reid whips in a cross from the following move, which Keane heads at the keeper.
Reid's deflected shot is poorly parried by goalkeeper Sidelnikov. Robbie Keane is quick in to retrieve it, but Kazakhstan defend well to force Ireland to play it backwards.
Reid's corner is overhit and ends up out for a throw-in at the opposite side of the pitch.
Some decent passes from Andy Reid see Ireland get it downfield, and Seamus Coleman wins a corner.
Khizhnichenko receives the ball in the area, but he's put under pressure quickly from Richard Dunne, and can only scuff his shot wide.
Ireland playing it short so far, but a pass back to David Forde sees a long ball attempted and failed.
Kazakhstan look to have set their stalls out to put Ireland under a bit of pressure, as they have plenty of bodies pushed forward.
Kazakhstan get us underway in Dublin.
Ladies international Emma Byrne being presented with a piece of glassware for her 100th Irish cap, as the teams finish their warm ups before the game.
Huge roar from the somewhat sparse home crowd as the Irish national anthem finishes.
The other two final Group C games are kicking off at 19.45, with Germany away in Sweden and the Faroe Islands at home to Austria.
The anthems are underway, less than five minutes to kickoff on a cool October night at the Aviva Stadium.
The teams are on the pitch to be greeted, as usual, by President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins.
Kazakhstan were held 1-1 by the Faroe Islands on Friday, and take to the pitch with this lineup: Sidelnikov, Dmitrenko, Kislitsyn, Engel, Gorman, Karpovich, Korobkin, Baizhanov, Shomko, Khizhnichenko, Shchetkin.
Ireland interim manager Noel King makes four changes from Friday's 2-0 defeat to Germany, bringing back captain Robbie Keane, defenders John O'Shea and Richard Dunne, and introducing Andy Reid in midfield.
Republic of Ireland team v Kazakhstan: Forde, Coleman, Dunne, O'Shea, Wilson, Gibson, McCarthy, Reid, Stokes, Doyle, Keane.
This last Group C game will settle nothing with regards to the final table, but could have an impact on Euro 2016 seedings, so both sides will be working hard to win.
Good evening and welcome to Goal's live coverage of the Republic of Ireland against Kazakhstan from the Aviva Stadium. I'm Ronan Murphy and I'll be taking you through all the action from Dublin.
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