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Friendlies

  • 25 May 2014
  • • 18:00
  • • Aviva Stadium, Dublin
  • Referee: R. Buquet
  • • Attendance: 15000
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  • Turkey took their chances well and picked up a deserved victory. The visitors held onto the ball well and made the most of their oppontunities with two clinical finishes.
  • Full-time at the Aviva Stadium. Turkey's 2-1 victory is their first win on Irish soil, with the Boys in Green unable to make their chances count in front of goal.
  • 90' + 1'
    David Meyler puts in a good tackle in the area with Ozyakup waiting to pounce.
  • 90'
    Three minutes to be added on at the Aviva Stadium.
  • 89'
    Route one stuff again from Ireland, finding Walters out wide. The resulting cross in is cleared to safety by Tarik.
  • 87'
    Ireland seem out of ideas going forward, and finding it difficult to force an equaliser.
  • 85'
    James McClean pulls it back well for Daryl Murphy, but his header is straight at the goalkeeper. Good chance wasted for Ireland.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionNuri Sahin İshak Doğan
  • 83'
    Yellow CardGökhan Gönül
  • 83'
    Gokhan pucks up the game's first booking. The referee has not had much need to reach to his pocket up until now. It's been a fairly tame match for fouls.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionGlenn Whelan Stephen Quinn
  • 82'
    SubstitutionMevlut Erding Mustafa Pektemek
  • 82'
    Changes from both sides. Straight switch for Ireland, while Turkey bring on Mustafa Pektemek, who has not featured for Besiktas much recently.
  • 80'
    Ireland look to break once again, but Walters cannot beat the first defender with his cross. The substitute has been busy since coming on.
  • 78'
    AssistWesley Hoolahan
  • 78'
    GoalJonathan Walters
    Route One from Ireland. Jonathan Walters holds the ball up well to beat Toprak and then finish into the corner.
  • 75'
    AssistOğuzhan Özyakup
  • 75'
    GoalTarık Çamdal
    Turkey break the offside trap, leaving Tarik Camdal acres of space to beat Elliot with a good finish.
  • 75'
    Wes Hoolahan looks for a penalty after going down in the box. The touch was a faint one from Omer Toprak, and the referee is uninterested.
  • 74'
    David Meyler puts Rob Elliot under pressure with a weak back pass, which Elliot gets to just ahead of Caner.
  • 72'
    Turkey content to hold on to the ball and look to pick out a hole in the Irish defence. Ireland looking more urgent in possession.
  • 70'
    SubstitutionAhmet İlhan Özek Tarık Çamdal
  • 70'
    Turkey's goalscorer goes off. Ilhan has been impressive this evening, getting himself into dangerous positions.
  • 69'
    Ward's cross from the left is too high for Walters, and Kivrak is well able to clutch it from the sky.
  • 68'
    Quick break from Ireland, with Walters doing well on the left. He pulls the ball back for Daryl Murphy, but the ball is behind the striker.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionAiden McGeady Jonathan Walters
  • 66'
    SubstitutionShane Long Daryl Murphy
  • 66'
    SubstitutionDamien Delaney David Meyler
  • 66'
    Two of the Irish substitutes link up well as Jon Walters knocks it down for David Meyler, but the Hull City midfielder shoots over.
  • 65'
    Damien Delaney is replaced by David Meyler, meaning Marc Wilson moves back from midfield into defence.
  • 64'
    Triple change coming for the Boys in Green. Attacking switch from Martin O'Neill with Jon Walters and Daryl Murphy among the replacements.
  • 63'
    SubstitutionHakan Calhanoglu Olcan Adın
  • 63'
    Shane Long wins the race into the corner, but plays it off the flag when trying to keep the ball in play.
  • 62'
    Delaney puts his body on the line to block Ilhan's drive from the edge of the area after a quick Turkey break.
  • 61'
    Marc Wilson stands over the ball 30 yards from goal. He elects to pass to McGeady out wide instead of shooting, but the ball is straight to a defender.
  • 59'
    Mevlut Erdinc has been a lone figure up front for much of the game, but does well to win a corner from Delaney. Ireland clear again. The Boys in Green have defended well from set-pieces.
  • 58'
    McGeady has been busy for Ireland, but holds on to it too long again, giving Turkey a chance to clear.
  • 56'
    Few scrappy passes from Ireland as they try to break clear. Then McGeady barges into Gokhan and gives away a free-kick.
  • 55'
    Shane Duffy warming up for Ireland, could be set to come on for his debut. The Everton defender impressed on loan at Yeovil this season.
  • 53'
    Turkey switching the ball well, with Gokhan getting forward again on the right. His cross has a bit too much pace on it and goes out for a goalkick.
  • 51'
    Wilson gives the ball away outside the Turkey area and puts in a poor challenge trying to win it back. Probably would have been a booking in a more competitive game.
  • 50'
    Calhanoglu's corner has too much on it and that is easy for Ireland to clear.
  • 49'
    McGeady overplays it in defence, giving away a corner when he could have cleared to safety.
  • 47'
    Shane Long shows good strength to hold off the defender before playing it to Hoolahan. The pass back to Long is overhit and Kivrak is out quickly.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionBilal Kısa Ozan Tufan
  • 46'
    Just the one change at half-time, with Kisa taken off for Ozan Tufan, who looks to have gone in behind the midfield.
  • The players are back on the pitch for the second-half.
  • Ireland's Under-18 development side and the Women's Under-19 side presented to the crowd at half-time, as well as St Michael's who lifted the FAI Junior Cup at the Dublin venue earlier today.
  • Ireland have had seven shots to Turkey's four, and five to two on target. The Boys in Green also marginally ahead possession wise, with 51 per cent of the ball so far.
  • The small crowd at the Aviva Stadium have been treated to an entertaining spectacle so far. Aiden McGeady and James McClean have been lively for the hosts, while Gokhan Gonul and goalscorer Ilhan have impressed for Turkey.
  • Half-time at the Aviva Stadium. Turkey lead thanks to Ahmet Ilhan Ozek's first international goal. However, the Republic of Ireland have created a few good chances, testing Onur Kivrak on a couple of occasions.
  • 45' + 1'
    Ilhan breaks down the right, and tries to pick out Mevlut, but Delaney blocks the cross and Elliot collects.
  • 45'
    Two minutes to be added on. Ireland probing for an equaliser.
  • 43'
    Hoolahan plays McGeady down the wing, but the early ball is cleared with Long waiting.
  • 42'
    Stephen Ward offers width down the left, but his cross is blocked by Gokhan. Both full-backs have been battling hard against each other so far.
  • 40'
    Aiden McGeady looking full of confidence, but loses the ball in midfield. Whelan gets back well to help him out and win the ball back.
  • 38'
    The ball ripples the net again, but Mevlut was narrowly offside. Great finish from the striker, but Ireland had stopped after the whistle.
  • 36'
    Second cross into the box in two minutes. This time McGeady beats Gokhan before pulling it back for McClean who forces an instinctive save from Kivrak.
  • 35'
    Hoolahan plays a slide-rule pass to James McClean, who bursts past the defender. His cross is just behind Shane Long, who arrived ahead of the ball and cannot turn it in.
  • 34'
    Ireland using the right wing a lot so far with Coleman and McGeady probing again. However, McGeady's cross is headed clear.
  • 32'
    Brief stoppage as Gokhan is forced off for treatment. He should be okay to continue.
  • 30'
    Stephen Ward loses his footing, but Gokhan overhits the cross allowing Ireland to get men behind the ball again.
  • 29'
    Seamus Coleman shows a burst of pace to go down the right, but Caner Erkin forces him into a mistake.
  • 26'
    Aiden McGeady beats the full-back before delivering the ball to James McClean, who heads wide after getting in front of his marker.
  • 26'
    Nothing comes from the corner and Ireland try to play it out from the back again.
  • 25'
    Whelan plays a poor ball to McGeady, allowing Turkey to break again and force a corner.
  • 24'
    Ireland keeping possession well since the goal. Trying to build play from the back.
  • 21'
    SubstitutionSelçuk İnan Oğuzhan Özyakup
  • 19'
    Oguzhan Ozyakup set to come on for the visitors. The midfielder has a history against the Boys in Green after scoring for the Under-21s a couple of years ago.
  • 17'
    GoalAhmet İlhan Özek
  • 17'
    AssistGökhan Gönül
  • 14'
    Aiden McGeady's free-kick is swung in. Kivrak does excellently to deny Shane Long who picks up the loose ball, and then John O'Shea's follow-up is cleared off the line.
  • 12'
    Nuri Sahin penalised for a foul in the centre circle on Seamus Coleman. Has been quite a clean match so far, with only the penalty appeal standing out.
  • 10'
    After a lively start, things have slowed down a bit at the Aviva Stadium. Both defences looking somewhat shaky so far.
  • 8'
    Turkey under pressure once again as McGeady and Seamus Coleman link up well on the right. The ball is half-cleared initially, but Turkey eventually get it out of danger.
  • 7'
    Wes Hoolahan opts not to shoot after Aiden McGeady's cross is deflected into his path, instead laying it off to Stephen Ward who drags a shot narrowly wide.
  • 4'
    Shane Long goes down in the area, after showing pace to beat his marker, but the referee is not interested as Omer Toprak clears.
  • 3'
    Hoolahan plays the ball through to Long, who has players both sides. He chooses the wrong option, playing the ball too close to the defender with James McClean waiting out wide.
  • 2'
    Mistake at the back lets Turkey in again, but Damien Delaney clears for a corner. Nervy start from the hosts, who are untroubled from the following set-piece.
  • 1'
    Mevlut tests Elliot with an early shot, but that's an easy one for the debutant to save.
  • A relatively small crowd at the Aviva Stadium for this end-of-season friendly, which is moments away from kickoff.
  • The teams are on the pitch, with Ireland playing a 4-4-1-1 as Wes Hoolahan plays behind Shane Long. Turkey are set to play a 4-1-4-1 with Mevlut Erdinc alone in attack.
  • Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin takes the captain's armband for the visitors, while the Boys in Green are in a slightly different shade this evening as they launch a new home jersey.
  • Turkey starting XI: Kivrak, Balta, Calhanoglu, Gonul, Ihan, Erdinc, Sahin, Erkin, Kisa, Toprak, Ozek.
  • Republic of Ireland starting XI: Elliot, Coleman, O'Shea, Delaney, Ward, Wilson, Whelan, McGeady, Hoolahan, McClean, Long.
  • Turkey also have a few uncapped players in their match squad, with Ozan Tufan on the bench alongside fellow newcomers Volkan Babacan, Turgut Dogan Sahin, and Aydin Karabulut.
  • Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot makes his debut tonight for the Boys in Green, while uncapped defender Shane Duffy is on the bench. John O'Shea captains Ireland with Robbie Keane absent due to club commitments.
  • Good evening and welcome to the Aviva Stadium for live coverage of the Republic of Ireland and Turkey.