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Republic of Ireland v Netherlands Live Commentary, 27/05/2016

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S. Long (30)
L. de Jong (85)
Aviva Stadium


And that will do it from the Aviva Stadium, as Luuk de Jong came off the bench to peg back the home side with five minutes to go. Republic of Ireland defended excellently outside of the events surrounding the goal, and they showed a propensity to threaten from set-pieces, with Brady leading the way in that regard. A lot of positives to take for Martin O'Neil, but also a small sense of "what if" after the late leveller. That's all from me, thanks for tuning in! 
Into stoppage time now, and Ireland are moments away from extending their unbeaten home record to 12 games, but they will feel like it's an opportunity lost after conceding so late in an uncharacteristically sloppy fashion. 
SAVED! Ireland patiently work a spell on the ball down the right-hand side, and the ball falls neatly for Kane inside the area. He tries to drill one in at the near post, but the keeper gets down well to smother. 
Well that knocked the stuffing out of Ireland for a moment, as all their hard work was undone by a lapse at the back. Duffy was the guilty party, as he didn't react at all to De Jong inside the area. 
L. de Jong
DE JONG TIES IT UP! He's not been on the pitch long, but he draws his side level. Ireland fall asleep from a cross, and the striker angles his body to guide a header into the back of the net. 
J. Willems
Willems was the point man with that cross to set the goal in motion. 
E. O'Kane
H. Arter
Republic of Ireland
Arter jogs off to be replaced by O'Kane.
L. de Jong
G. Wijnaldum
De Jong is on, and Wijnaldum is off. 
There's a moment of panic as a short back-pass sells Cillessen short, but the keeper gets off his line quickly to get rid of the danger. Less than 10 minutes to go now for Ireland to see out. 
Credit must go to Brady for some of his dead-ball deliveries this evening, which have caused the Dutch defence quite a few nightmares. It's going to be a big part of their attacking output in France, one feels. 
OVER THE BAR! It's Duffy again who fails to test the keeper. The defender could have had a hat-trick on another day! That's a third clean header for him inside the area, but it dribbles wide. 
Ireland have begun to see more of the ball again, and it's leading to some frustration from the Dutch players, who aren't chasing the ball with the same intensity anymore. About 15 minutes to go. 
W. Hoolahan
D. McGoldrick
Republic of Ireland
Hoolahan is on for McGoldrick. 
B. Dost
V. Janssen
Janssen was rather quiet today, and he's replaced by Dost. 
Tonight we've seen what we can expect from this Irish team in Euro 2016. If they keep up this level of defensive acumen, there's no reason why they can't get the results they need to advance. 
You have to give the central defence for Ireland all the credit in the world. O'Shea and Duffy have been like two titans at the back, repelling absolutely everything and giving Randolph one of his easier games in national colours. 
M. van Ginkel
K. Strootman
Substitution Kevin Strootman Marco van Ginkel
Netherlands are starting to ask questions of the home side, but so far, they've had all the answers. Still, Martin O'Neil can't be happy with his side allowing the Dutch to build momentum. 
J. Hendrick
S. Quinn
Republic of Ireland
Hendrick has been thrown on, with Quinn making way. 
D. Gibson
G. Whelan
Republic of Ireland
Gibson is off, and on comes Whelan. 
J. McClean
S. Long
Republic of Ireland
Long has been withdrawn for McClean. 
Ireland have held only 37 per cent of possession, and have completed less than half the passes of the Netherlands. However, they've managed four shots on target, while the Dutch haven't tested the keeper yet. 
The Oranje are starting to get men forward again, but every attempt to play through the middle is being rebuffed. It's forcing them wide, which hasn't been profitable for them throughout. 
Duffy has extended himself a lot on both ends of the pitch today, but there's some worry as he grimaces following an attempt to clear a cross. He'll get looked at but I don't think a substitution is required at the moment. 
S. Berghuis
M. Depay
Steven Berghuis has been introduced in place of Memphis. 
Netherlands attempt to get themselves back on track as Memphis whips in two decent balls, but once again, it doesn't connect with a player in orange. Incredibly disjointed from the visitors throughout. 
IRELAND MISS AGAIN! For the third time in a row, it's a set-piece that opens up the Netherlands defence. Walters gets the first flick, and it falls to Long almost on the goal-line, but he thrusts the ball over with his head.
ANOTHER GOOD OPENING! Bruma just about deflects a dangerous set-piece wide, and from the resulting corner, Ireland narrowly miss the target once again! There's a scent of a second goal in the air. 
BIG CHANCE! Republic of Ireland simply have had their way in the air. A corner goes undefended right into the heart of the six-yard area, and Duffy plants a strong header inches over the bar! 
Good start to the second half from the Green Army, with Netherlands looking absolutely shot of ideas whenever they get on the ball. The hosts continue to push the ball wide and rely on their aerial game. 
Moment of panic inside the Dutch penalty area as another good cross gets swung into the mixer, but Cillessen shows great command of his areas to pluck the ball amid a sea of bodies. 
And here we go again! 
And that will do it for the first half from the Aviva Stadium, with Shane Long making the difference with his opening goal. Ireland grew into the game as the half progressed, and have impressed with their defending whenever the visitors have advanced forward. Stay tuned for the restart soon. 
I highly doubt that there will be much stoppage time here, with Republic of Ireland in possession as the seconds tick down. A lot to consider for Blind at the break with his side sinking to second best. 
That little Memphis burst aside, it's been a confident period for the home side for the last 20 minutes or so. O'Neil must be delighted with the way that his side have defended their lead from the front. 
H. Arter
Yellow Card
Republic of Ireland
Arter has been energetic in the centre of the park, which has been manifested in a few fouls. Memphis is the victim, and the Manchester United man goes tumbling to send Arter into the book. 
Memphis gets active for perhaps the first time in this game, dribbling past a pair of players and hoisting a telling ball into the area, but none of his team-mates reacted as quickly as he would have liked. 
Republic of Ireland are now enjoying a spell of possession, and the crowd are encouraged by their poise on the ball to get it out of tight areas and keep the Netherlands chasing shadows. 
Well that will fill the home side with confidence! They were starting to experience a swing in momentum before that goal, and managed to take their chance when it was presented - a good habit to pick up for the Euros.
S. Long
Republic of Ireland
LONG HAS SCORED! The forward converts the scrappiest of openers, but Republic of Ireland won't care one bit! O'Shea rises highest to nod a corner on target, and it's saved by the keeper, but the striker reacts quickest to convert the rebound - just about! 
The tide is slowly starting to turn in the favour of the home side. Most of their threat is coming from wide areas, although the deliveries haven't matched up to the initial build-up in midfield. 
Coleman shows great jet-heels to storm past a pair of players, and he's got team-mates lining up for the finish, but he can't oblige with the final ball. Ireland really need to be more accurate from those positions. 
Long is back with us and seems to be moving regularly. So far, this match is a good litmus test for what they might expect in the Euros - very little of the ball and a priority on their defensive shape. 
Long goes down with some pain in his knee, and he'll need medical attention from the physios. That's the last thing that the Irish will want just ahead of the tournament. He looks like he'll be fine though. 
Arter gets the fortune of a deflection which takes the ball into his path about 30 yards out, and he decides to let fly, as he has done regularly for Bournemouth this season. Another nick off a player seems to spell trouble for the keeper, but it's eventually smothered. 
First hint of an opening for the home side, as Quinn drives down the right-hand side and swings what looked initially like a dangerous ball, but it goes out of play. That got the home fans celebrating at least. 
Next up for Republic of Ireland is a friendly against Belarus in their final pre-Euro 2016 friendly game, while the Netherlands will travel to face Poland and Austria in friendlies. 
On the other hand, the Irish defence has been, ahem, stout so far. They've dealt with the threat on the ground and in the air from the Netherlands. It's already looking like a narrow game. 
The passing from the Republic of Ireland has really been poor throughout this game. They've resorted to high balls to their wide players, which the Netherlands are having no problems dealing with. 
Still very little in an attacking sense so far, with a goal-kick from one keeper going all the way to the other keeper. That just about sums up what has transpired here at the Aviva Stadium. 
First glimpse of a chance as a dangerous cross comes in from the left-hand side for the Netherlands, but a defensive header at the far post takes it away from the waiting Janssen. 
As you might expect, this game is taking a while to really get into gear, with neither team in any hurry to force the issue in the attacking third. The passing from the Dutch though has been exemplary. 
Ireland get us underway here and force some pressure deep inside the opposition half, but Arter was too aggressive on Strootman, leading to a free-kick against the home side. 
And we're off.
Memphis Depay starts in attack alongside Quincy Promes and in-demand AZ forward Vincent Janssen. Kevin Strootman mans the middle of the park for the visitors, while Virgil van Dijk and Georgino Wijnaldum also get starts. 
It's a mix of fresh blood and experience in the Ireland XI, with Martin O'Neil marking this match as the last chance for players to impress him before he chops his squad down to the final 23 names. Harry Arter makes his second appearance for the Green Army, while John O'Shea, at the other end of that spectrum, trots out for his country for the 111th time. 
Netherlands (4-3-3): Cillessen; Veltman, Bruma, Van Dijk, Willems; Bazoer, Wijnaldum, Strootman; Promes, Memphis, Janssen.
Republic of Ireland (4-3-3): Randolph; Coleman, O'Shea, Duffy, Brady; Whelan, Arter, Quinn; Walters, McGoldrick, Long.
These two teams have been pretty equal throughout their 20 previous meetings, with the Netherlands edging Republic of Ireland by nine wins to seven, with four draws. However, they haven't met since a 4-0 friendly win for the Oranje at Lansdowne Road 10 years ago. 
Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey all finished ahead of the Netherlands in Group A of qualifying, meaning that the Oranje, the third-best side at the 2014 World Cup, missed out on this summer's continental tournament entirely. Danny Blind is nearing on a year in the Dutch dugout, and is looking to blood the next batch of stars for the underachieving nation. 
Belgium, Italy and Sweden await Republic of Ireland in France this summer in what is a daunting task for the Green Army. They finished third behind Germany and Poland in Group D of qualifying, and progressed through a play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina. 
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the international friendly between Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands. The former are looking to step up their preparations for Euro 2016 - a tournament which the latter will play no part in after a disappointing qualification campaign. Stick with us for all the action.