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6 February 2013
• Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Referee: S. Delferière
• Attendance: 43112
Republic of Ireland
C. Clark 35'
W. Hoolahan 76'
Thanks for reading Goal.com's live update of the Republic of Ireland's 2-0 victory over Poland. We look forward to seeing you again next month for those two crucial World Cup qualifiers.
Both Austria and Sweden suffered defeats in their friendly matches this evening. Sweden went down 3-1 to Argentina, while Wales withstood an Austrian fightback to win 2-1. Group C leaders Germany have come back from a goal down and are leading France 2-1 with a few minutes remaining.
A fine victory to start the year for the Boys in Green, giving Trapattoni plenty to think about ahead of March's World Cup Qualifiers against Austria and Sweden.
Full-time at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland are 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Ciaran Clark and Wes Hoolahan.
90' + 2'
Poland force men forward, but there's too much pace on Mierzejewski's chipped pass to cause any trouble for Forde.
90' + 1'
Three minutes of stoppage time at the Aviva Stadium.
Grosicki tries to get something back for Poland, but he hooks his shot off target.
Yellow Card Greg Cunningham
Cunningham goes into the book for taking too much time over a free-kick.
Clark receives a warm reception from the Irish fans after scoring his first international goal. Richard Keogh is the third Irish debutant on the pitch.
Sammon tracks back three-quarters of the pitch after losing it, showing that he still has something left in the tank despite running his socks off for most of the game.
Cox is playing on the right, with Walters sent out to the left wing, as Sammon is retained in attack.
James McClean replaced by Simon Cox. McClean's direct play has caused problems for the Polish defence.
Hoolahan is brimming with confidence, and looks to create something every time he's on the ball.
Assist Jeff Hendrick
Goal Wesley Hoolahan
Fantastic goal from Wes Hoolahan. His first Irish goal on his third cap. McClean's free-kick falls to Hendrick, who shows great skill to find Hoolahan in acres of space. Hoolahan controlled well and placed the ball into the net.
The substitutions have taken some of the zip out of the game, with Lewandowski a lone figure up front for Poland who look to find an equaliser.
Jon Walters takes over from Brady out wide, and is still sporting a nice cut from the weekend's Premier League action.
Jeff Hendrick comes on for his senior debut. The 21-year-old has been in fine form for Derby County this season.
Nice quick passing play from Ireland, spreading it wide and involving both wingers. Unfortunately Brady's cross is headed clear.
Another quick break finds Lewandowski, but the striker is forced to wait for support, and by the time it arrives, the attack is halted.
Forde punches clear another cross. The Ireland keeper has looked sturdy coming for crosses this evening, and has impressed apart from a couple of stray passes.
Hoolahan finds Brady out wide. Brady evades his marker and cuts in, but his shot was always sailing wide.
The firemen are out to collect and put out a flare as the game is slightly delayed.
A slip from Cunningham looks dangerous for Ireland, but substitute Milik gets caught in two minds and slips himself as he's about to shoot.
Change in tactic from Trapattoni, who looks to be switching to a 4-4-1-1 with Hoolahan entering the fray.
A low cross from McClean falls to Sammon in the box, but the ball gets caught up in the Derby man's feet, and Sczczesny makes the save.
McShane is caught out up field, which causes James McCarthy to go in hard and pick up a yellow card.
Yellow Card James McCarthy
Forde picks out Sammon once again with a kick from his hands, and the Derby man knocks it on for Long, who does well to win a throw-in.
James McClean runs into three Polish players after picking up the ball in his own area. Could have been dangerous, but he wins a throw-in.
Yellow Card Ludovic Obraniak
Obraniak goes into the referee's book for a tussle with McCarthy off the ball.
The corner is weak from McClean, but Ireland win it back, looking much more urgent in this half.
A nice bit of passing play sees Ireland build from the back and go on to win a corner from McClean's cross.
Poland have been somewhat uneven since the break, probably not helped by their half-time changes.
In a repeat of Poland's first chance of the match, Szczesny has to be quick out of his goal to stop an advancing James McClean as Ireland break following a poor Polish corner.
Another free-kick is much better from Ireland, Sammon heads it back across goal and Szczesny does well to save McCarthy's rising shot. Good save from the Arsenal goalkeeper.
Substitute keeper Woiciech Szczesny easily collects Brady's free kick.
Conor Sammon wins a free-kick in a dangerous position after tangling with a defender.
Glenn Whelan makes way as Paul Green comes on for Ireland, and the second half is underway.
The teams are back out, a few changes for the visitors, while Paul Green is coming on for Ireland.
Ireland's World Cup opponents Sweden and Austria are both behind, Sweden are 3-1 down to Argentina, while Gareth Bale has given Wales the lead against Austria.
Debutant Conor Sammon has looked decent in his first half of international football. The Derby County striker has battled strongly in the air, and held up the ball well for Long.
England are currently drawing 1-1 with Brazil at Wembley. Wayne Rooney gave the Three Lions the lead before Fred equalised just after half-time.
Earlier today, Noel King's under-21 sides recorded an impressive 3-0 win over the Netherlands at Tallaght Stadium. Millwall's Aidan O'Brien scored twice with Anthony Forde adding a third from the spot.
Ireland lead at the break by 1-0, but have been on the back foot for most of the half with Poland's pace causing problems for the makeshift back four.
45' + 1'
Brady's free-kick is straight into Boruc's hands for the last action of the half.
Glik commits another needless foul, halting Cunningham's break up the wing as we enter stoppage time.
Yellow Card Kamil Glik
Obraniak has plenty of pace, and looks to break. A good tackle from James McClean sees Ireland counter. Glik takes out McClean for the game's first booking.
Ciaran Clark intercepts a Polish pass, and finds Long with his quick ball forward. However, after a clash with Boenisch, Long is forced off for some treatment.
Another direct pass finds Shane Long. He knocks it down for Whelan, who tries to spread it wide, but the ball for McClean is overhit.
Clark and Lewandowski both went for the ball, and a penalty would have been a harsh decision.
Forde puts his defence under pressure with another poor clearance, but the keeper does well again to stretch and save. The corner has the Polish fans claiming for a penalty after Lewandowski went down in the area.
Goal Ciaran Clark
That's Clark's first goal for Ireland after the Poles failed to clear their lines from a corner. Poland have been the better team, but find themselves behind.
GOAL! Ciaran Clark scores after Boruc parries Long's initial effort.
First corner of the match for Ireland after McClean is put through by Sammon.
Slip by McClean as he bears down on the Polish goal. Had he kept his footing, that could've been a chance for Ireland.
Shane Long does well to win the ball in the area after a high ball from McShane, but Sammon isn't in the right place to win the knockdown. Poland look to break again, but the ball is too close to Forde.
Huge chance for Poland, Lewandowski breaks through the defence, but Forde is out quickly to save with his feet. Forde then saves the follow-up from the Dortmund striker.
Sammon back defending a corner, winning the header and helping out the defence.
Clark being cautious and putting the ball out for a throw rather than clearing it up field. He's been solid so far, possibly helped by the experience of O'Shea alongside him.
Sammon shows his strength to put the Poles under pressure from a free-kick, the ball comes out to Brady, but he can't get his volley on target. Best chance so far for the home side.
James McCarthy puts in a crucial tackle after a mix-up between McShane and Brady gifted the ball away once more.
Very poor clearance from Forde gives the ball straight to Ludovic Obraniak. Luckily for the Millwall keeper, Obraniak's shot is deflected for a corner.
Good marshalling from Clark sees Ireland move up the pitch, but are once again closed down quickly by the opponents.
Lewandowski is taken out by John O'Shea as Poland counter quickly. the Irish captain definitely would have been booked for that challenge in a competitive game.
Lovely turn from Glenn Whelan sees his beat his marker and release Brady, but the Hull City winger is crowded off the ball.
First Irish chance sees Long and Sammon link up, but McClean's cross is low and can't beat the Polish defender.
Bayer Leverkusen's Boenisch is also getting into the game, but can't direct his header on target from the corner.
Lewandowski latches onto a long ball, using his pace to beat McShane and win a corner.
Poland pressuring high up the pitch, and aren't giving the Irish defence much time on the ball. Clark does well to shepherd the ball out and give the Boys in Green a chance to regroup.
Sammon is the target man from Forde's long kick upfield, but was beaten in the air by his marker. Ireland have a bit of possession in the Polish half as they look to get to grips with the game.
Bayern Munich target Lewandowski looks lively and could have been in on goal had he not been a yard or two offside.
Conor Sammon goes in a bit too hard, and gives away a foul inside the Polish half.
The second corner is easily dealt with, but Ireland aren't holding the ball well enough and are putting themselves under early pressure.
Sebastian Boenisch does well to get into the box, but his cross is well dealt with by Forde. The resulting corner is cleared by McShane for another corner.
Poland look to go down the left wing ahead, but David Forde is out quickly to clear the ball.
Poland happy to play it out from the back as Artur Boruc interchanges passes with his defenders.
Paul McShane gives the ball away early, but redeems himself by winning it back as Poland look to break.
Shane Long and Conor Sammon get us under way at the Aviva Stadium.
There will be a moment's applause before the game for Jeremy Dee, the Castlebar Celtic coach, who sadly passed away in a car accident in November.
Poland win the toss, and will play towards the away end in the second half.
John O'Shea is captain for the evening, with Robbie Keane allowed remain at Los Angeles Galaxy for pre-season training.
The two teams are out on the pitch ahead of the anthems, on a fine but cool evening at the Aviva Stadium.
Like Trapattoni, Polish coach Waldemar Fornalik has switched from his usual goalkeeper for tonight's game, with Artur Boruc starting ahead of Przemysław Tytoń between the sticks.
Poland, on the other hand, have a few very experienced players in their side. Jakub Błaszczykowski captains his country on his 59th international appearance, while Robert Lewandowski is set to win his 51st cap up front.
Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has a very experimental lineup this evening, with Conor Sammon making his debut up front. A lot of fairly new faces in the Irish team, with just 216 total caps between the 11 players starting for the Boys in Green.
The Aviva Stadium is filling up ahead of the 19.45 kickoff, with as many red shirts in the crowd as there are green ones. Plenty of Polish fans coming from all corners of Ireland as well as some who have travelled all the way from Poznan and Gdansk.
Welcome to Goal.com's coverage of tonight's international friendly between the Republic of Ireland and Poland at the Aviva Stadium.
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