A world-class performance from the PSG keeper who frustrated Ireland with his wonderful shot-stopping abilities. As well-deserved a clean sheet as there is.
Made some important last-ditch challenges, but didn't impose his presence at the back. Nearly opened the scoring in the second half, heading a corner kick inches over the bar.
Grew in confidence as the match went on. Provided some much needed support in attack, delivering some real teasing balls into the box. Will give Prandelli a real selection headache with his performance today.
M. De Sciglio
Didn't have much of an impact on the game, failing to get forward and contribute in attack. Had a very difficult time trying to contain Pilkington along the right.
A number of blunders nearly proved disastrous for the Italians. Had a difficult time dealing with the pace and determination of Shane Long.
Fitness seemed to be the real issue as he faded as the match went on. Had a number of chances to put Italy in front but was denied by some great goalkeeping.
Sloppy play in midfield as he turned the ball over on a number of occasions. Seemed a bit off his game and was subbed off early on in the second half.
A bright spot for Italy in midfield. His composure did not go unnoticed, winning a number of balls with some well-timed challenges.
A workmanlike 70 minutes put in by the striker. However, he couldn't generate enough in attack to really please Prandelli.
His first touch let him down far too often as he saw a number of chances go begging. The Serie A's leading goalscorer could very well have played himself out of the World Cup squad.
Certainly didn't look overwhelmed in goal. Made a number of real confident stops and some timely charges off his line proved essential.
Much like Coleman, Ward was always eager to get forward. A brilliant low cross in the first half produced one of Ireland's best chances of the match.
Unconvincing performance from the Reading defender. Lost Immobile on a number of occasions but was bailed out by his keeper. Ended Montolivo's World Cup hopes with a hard tackle in the first half.
Excellent job of getting forward and joining the attack. Sent some great balls into the box, while using his pace to get back, never getting caught out in defence.
Barely put a foot wrong at the back. Limited Italy's chances and kept Rossi in check.
The central figure in attack, but didn't factor into the play as much as he would have liked. Passing was crisp and accurate as usual, but just lacked a bit of creativity.
The young midfielder certainly isn't lacking in confidence. A number of great individual runs left those around him standing and staring.
Never afraid to have a shot. His passing wasn't always precise, but he tested Sirigu a couple of times with his powerful left foot.
His pace and vision proved difficult for Italy to deal with. Some lovely passing set up Long with a number of chances but Sirigu was always up to the task.
Gave De Sciglio a nightmarish time on the right. Was at the heart of nearly every Irish chance in the first half thanks to his great skill on the ball.
Got into some wonderful areas and proved extremely difficult for Italy to deal with. However, his finishing could have been better as there are no excuses for missing so many clear-cut scoring chances.
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Replaced Aquilani shortly before half-time. Solid performance as he contributed well in attack. Provided some good balls toward the strikers.
Came on for the injured Montolivo, but lasted less than 20 minutes as he was forced off with an injury of his own.
D. De Rossi
Helped shore up midfield after his arrival, but didn't look to exert himself too much with the opening World Cup game just two short weeks away.
Turned the tide in Italy's favour after his arrival. Never scared to go for goal.
Came in and didn't miss a beat offensively. Was very lively along the left and sent some real good balls into the box.
Rattled the crossbar late in the second half when he looked to have given Ireland the lead.
His strength inside the box proved valuable but often lacked a good final touch.