FIFA World Cup Group C
Kazakhstan 1 Republic of Ireland 1
90 (+5) FULL TIME: Kaxakhstan 1 Republic of Ireland 2
90 (+5) The referee blows the full-time whistle.
90 There will be four minutes of injury time
90 GOAL: A long ball into the box by Glenn Whelan is met by the head of Stephen Ward and his knockdown is met first time by Kevin Doyle who meets the ball with his left foot and vollies the ball into the roof of the net from close range for what looks like a winning goal. Kazakhstan 1 Republic of Ireland 2
89 GOAL: Robbie Keane scores from the peanlty spot. Kazakhstan 1 Republic of Ireland 1
88 Ireland are awarded a penalty. Kevin Doyle broke past Aleksandr Kislitsyn down the left and his cross was diverted towards the net by Mukhtar Mukhtarov. As Robbie Keane raced in to finish it off he was pulled back by Mikhail Rozhkov and as the ball was cleared the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
81 McGeady's corner is cleared and when the ball is played back in again Shane Long is unable to direct his header towards the target.
77 A breaking ball finds Kazahstan substitute Dzholchiyev one on one with Westwood but the Ireland goalkeeper produces a great block to deny him and give the home side their first corner of the game.
73 Glenn Whelan's shoot from theedge of the box but it is straight at the Kazakhstan keeper Sidelnikov.
71 Republic of Ireland substitution: Shane Long replaces Jonathon Walters and goes to the right hand side of midfield.
69 Kazakhstan subsitution: Tanat Nusserbayev is replaced by Baurzhan Dzholchiyev.
69 A long range shot by Kairat Nurdauletov flies past Westwood's left-hand post.
59 More good work by Aiden McGeady but nobody is there to meet his pull-back.
58 Republic of Ireland substitution: Kevin Doyle is on for Simon Cox. Jonathon Walters moves to the right side of midfield and Doyle goes up front alongside Robbie Keane.
54 AIden McGeady does well down left but his cross from the end-line is too long and Cox then puts the ball in too high and too far.
49 Good run down the right by James McCarthy who gets past the defender into the box but then loses his footing on the artifical pitch as he chases the ball.
46 The Second half kicks-off. No changes on either side.
45 (+2): HALF-TIME - Kazakhstan 1 Republic of Ireland 0.
45 (+1): Darren O'Dea is shown a yellow card for a challenge on Sidelnikov (Kazakhstan
45 There will be one minute of added time at the end of the first half.
42 Keirin Westwood is at full stretch is parry a shot from the edge of the box by Ulan Konysbaev after another good passing move from Kazakhstan. The rebound falls to Tanat Nusserbayev who hits the post with the goal at his mercy but that effort wouldn't have counted because the assistant referee has the flag up for offside.
37 GOAL. Stephen Ward concedes a free kick on the left touch-line which is taken by Heinrich Schmidtgal. His left footed inswinger is met by the head of Kazakhstan skipper Kairat Nurdauletov on the edge of the six yard box and he sends it flying into the far corner for the opening goal of the game. Kazakhstan 1 Republic of Ireland 0.
32 Darren O'Dea is surrounded by Kazakhstan defenders as he tries to jump to meet Aiden McGeady's free-kick but Ireland win their fourth corner of the game. Unfortunately, Aiden McGeady's flag-kick doesn't get beyond the first defender.
30 The first yellow card of the game is shown to Kazakhstan's Tanat Nusserbayev for a foul on John O'Shea.
29 Great play in the left corner by Aiden McGeady who manages to find space despite the attentions of two defenders and get in a cross which Robbie Keane heads wide under pressure from Mikhail Rpzhkov.
24 From a free-kick by Schmidtgal, a looping long range header by striker Sergei Ostapenko is easily gathered by Keiren Westwood under the crossbar.
23 A nice piece of passing between Jonathon Walters and Simon Cox sets up Cox from an acute angle but he drills his shot into the side netting.
19 Robbie Keane lobs the ball over the head of a defence but failed to direct his volley on target. Good piece of individual skill from the skipper who is captaining Ireland for the 55th time this evening.
16 A testing cross by left winder Heinrich Schmidtgal goes across the face of the Irish goal and out for a goal-kick. Kazakhstan are causing problems for Ireland with their passing.
12 After Aiden McGeady loses possession Kazahstan sweep down the pitch with some neat inter-passing but the final ball from Ulan Konybaev just failed to find unmarked Aleksandr Kirov and drifts wide for a goal-kick.
06 Aiden McGeady cutting in from the left fires a shot across the face of goal and wide.
03 A rebound falls to James McCarthy on the edge of the box and the young midfielder well placed shot is tipped around the post by the Kazakhstan goalkeeper Andrei Sidelnikov. It's the first of three successive corners but the home side survive.
00 The match has kicked-off.
The teams have taken to the pitch for the national anthems. There are about 200 Irish supporters in the stadium.
The Republic of Ireland open their FIFA World Cup Group C qualifying campaign away to Kazahstan this evening in Astana. It is the first ever meeting between the two countries. The match will take place in the Astana Arena which is located in the capital Astana and has a capacity of 30,000. It also has an artificial playing surface which is due to be relaid next year.
Group C also contains Germany, Sweden, Austria and Faroe Islands.
The starting line-ups are:
Republic of Ireland:1 Keiren Westwood; 4 John O'Shea, 15 Darren O'Dea, 5 Sean St Ledger, 3 Stephen Ward; 14 Simon Cox, 6 Glenn Whelan, 8 James McCarthy, 7 Aiden McGeady; 10 Robbie Keane (capt), 12 Jonathon Walters.
Kazakhstan: 22 Andrei Sidelnikov (GK); 2 Aleksandr Kirov, 3 Aleksandr Kislitsyn, 4 Mukhtar Mukhtarov, 6 Kairat Nurdauletov (C ), 7 Ulan Konysbaev, 8 Anatoli Bogdanov, 9 Sergei Ostapenko, 15 Heinrich Schmidtga, 17 Tanat Nusserbayev, 21 Mikhail Rozhkov,
The Match Officials for tonight's game are all from Romania and are:
Referee: Ionut Avram
Assistant Referee 1: Miklos Nagy.
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe
Fourth official: Radu Petrescu
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