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Played
August 15, 2012 7:45 p.m. IST
Stadion Crvena Zvezda — Beograd
Referee:‬ A. Tudor‎
Attendance:‬ 7800‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Serbia 0-0 Ireland

An experimental Ireland took on a new-look Serbia in Belgrade but no goals were forthcoming on the night

By Ryan Kelly

  • Vladimir Stojkovic
    0
    0
    3.00

    Vladimir Stojkovic

    Looked comfortable coming for the ball, and will be happy with a clean sheet

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    1
    0
    4.00

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Was dangerous going forward, and tested Westwood's goal on a number of occasions, but his set pieces were poor

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    0
    0
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    The captain had a quiet night, but didn't put a foot wrong

  • Milan Biševac
    0
    0
    2.50

    Milan Biševac

    The Paris Saint Germain defender won't have attracted too many suitors with a fairly anonymous display

  • Matija Nastasic
    0
    0
    3.00

    Matija Nastasic

    A newcomer on the international scene, and never really settled into the game

  • Aleksandar Ignjovski
    0
    0
    3.00

    Aleksandar Ignjovski

    The Werder Bremen man was rarely allowed time on the ball in a crowded midfield

  • Zdravko Kuzmanovic
    0
    0
    3.50

    Zdravko Kuzmanovic

    Almost scored with a lovely free kick, only to be denied by Westwood

  • Srđan Mijailović
    0
    0
    2.50

    Srđan Mijailović

    His second cap for Serbia, and did little to make a name for himself

  • Zoran Tosic
    2
    0
    4.00

    Zoran Tosic

    Looked tricky on the ball, and caused the Irish defence problems. Had a couple of decent chances

  • Dusan Tadic
    0
    0
    3.50

    Dusan Tadic

    Twente's €7.7 million man started well but faded as the game went on

  • Dejan Lekic
    0
    0
    2.50

    Dejan Lekic

    Needed more support up front, and was often a lone figure in the Serbian attack as the Irish defence crowded him out

Substitutions

  • Dušan Basta
    0
    0
    2.50

    Dušan Basta

    Serbia's last substitute had little time to make an impact

  • Nikola Maksimović
    0
    0
    3.00

    Nikola Maksimović

    Assured enough in possession, and stood up well against Irish attacks

  • Filip Djuricic
    0
    0
    2.50

    Filip Djuricic

    The former Manchester United trialist had a quiet 30 minutes after his introduction

  • Nemanja Tomic
    1
    0
    3.00

    Nemanja Tomic

    Tried a few shots when he came into the game, but did not trouble Westwood

  • Milos Ninkovic
    1
    0
    3.00

    Milos Ninkovic

    Tested Westwood's goal after cutting in, and added experience to the midfield after coming on

  • Lazar Marković
    1
    0
    2.50

    Lazar Marković

    Was even more anonymous up front than Lekic was in the first half

  • Keiren Westwood
    8
    0
    4.00

    Keiren Westwood Top of the Match

    With the retirement of Shay Given, Westwood showed that he is a worthy replacement. The Sunderland 'keeper was assured and commanded his box well

  • Darren O'Dea
    4
    0
    4.00

    Darren O'Dea

    Was strong at the back, making some crucial blocks and clearances. Caught out once early in the first half but recovered

  • John O'Shea
    3
    0
    3.00

    John O'Shea

    Used to playing at right back for Ireland, the Sunderland defender started well at centre back before tiring towards the end

  • Paul McShane
    1
    2
    3.00

    Paul McShane

    Watched his audacious shot fly wide in the first half but defensively was relatively assured despite being caught out a few times by Kolarov

  • Stephen Kelly
    2
    0
    2.00

    Stephen Kelly Flop of the Match

    Caught out regularly by Tosic as he found himself positioned much too high at left back

  • Aiden McGeady
    3
    0
    3.00

    Aiden McGeady

    Didn't particularly shine, but was assured in possession and had several successful dribbles as well as a couple of shots

  • James McClean
    1
    1
    3.00

    James McClean

    Was substituted after a relatively average performance. Set-piece delivery was generally ok, but lost possession too much in midfield

  • Glenn Whelan
    2
    0
    3.00

    Glenn Whelan

    Did well enough to keep things ticking over with new midfield partner McCarthy. Tried a speculative lob in the first half.

  • James McCarthy
    4
    0
    3.50

    James McCarthy

    The 21-year-old was the stand-out midfielder and put in an industrious performance in the middle of the park

  • Jonathan Walters
    3
    0
    2.50

    Jonathan Walters

    Had little joy up front as the lone striker. Consistently conceded fouls as he attempted to get on the end of headers

  • Simon Cox
    2
    2
    2.50

    Simon Cox

    The striker tired very quickly as the game wore on and did not have much joy in either of the positions he was deployed in

Substitutions

  • Seamus Coleman
    4
    0
    3.00

    Seamus Coleman

    Had a short but energetic battle with Kolarov when he came on

  • Paul Green
    0
    3
    2.50

    Paul Green

    Gave away a free kick at the edge of the Irish box after entering the fray. Made his presence felt

  • Andy Keogh
    0
    4
    2.50

    Andy Keogh

    His contribution was minimal and perhaps summed up when he gifted possession to Serbia after working hard to win the ball

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