Republic of Ireland 0 - 0 Wales | 2018 - FIFA World Cup | 2017782

FIFA World Cup Qualifying Round | Aviva Stadium, Dublin
24 March 2017 - 19:45 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 0 - 0 Wales

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REPORT: Ireland play out draw with Wales

Republic of Ireland were held to a goalless draw by 10-men Wales in pulsating 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.
Wales Report
24th Mar 2017

Ireland had the best chances of the game with James McClean’s goal-bound effort deflected wide and Shane Long’s late header blocked in the six-yard area as Ireland ended the night second in Group D, behind Serbia.

Martin O’Neill was dealt a blow before the game had started when James McCarthy, who was named in the starting XI, pulled up in the warm-up meaning Hull City midfielder David Meyler came into the side to replace him.

It was a tentative start from both sides in a cauldron of an atmosphere at the Aviva Stadium. It took 25 minutes for the first chance to arrive as an Aaron Ramsey corner to the back-post found James Chester, who leaped highest, but he directed his header wide under pressure from John O’Shea.

O’Shea almost had the desired impact at the other end as with Ireland’s first corner of the game McClean’s low-swinging cross found O’Shea who flicked on for Shane Long but he failed to make contact with the ball under pressure in the 34th minute.

The second-half started in the same vein with Ireland happy to let the away side have the ball. In the 63rd minute, Gareth Bale found a low cross from the right towards substitute Sam Vokes but his shot was well blocked.

Five minutes later, Wales were reduced to ten men due to a reckless challenge by Neil Taylor on Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman. The Welsh defender was high and out of control as he slid on Coleman to be shown a red card and the Irish skipper was stretchered off immediately.

Martin O’Neill’s side rallied immediately as they looked to take advantage of the sending off. McClean almost put the Irish ahead as David Meyler’s cushioned header found the West Bromwich Albion man but his shot was deflected wide by Chris Gunter in the 73rd minute.

Martin O’Neill added attacking impetus to his side with the introduction of Aiden McGeady, who has been in fine form for Preston North End with 11 minutes remaining as Ireland poured forward in search of the winner.

It almost proved their undoing as Real Madrid star Bale won the ball on the half-way line and drove towards the Irish defence, turned inside and unleashed a fierce effort which skimmed the top of the cross-bar with six minutes remaining.

In the final minutes of the game, Ireland almost grabbed a winner as McGeady clipped the ball to the back-post to find Shane Long but his header was blocked in the six-yard area as the game ended with the points shared.

Republic of Ireland: Randolph; Coleman (Christie 72), Keogh, O’Shea, Ward; McClean, Whelan, Meyler (McGeady 79), Hendrick; Walters, Long.

Wales: Hennessey; Gunter, Taylor, Davies, Chester, Williams; Allen, Robson-Kanu (Vokes 46), Ramsey, Bale, Ledley (Richards 72).

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy).

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

23 Randolph (G) 2 Coleman (C) 3 Keogh 4 O'Shea 5 McClean 6 Whelan 9 Long 13 Hendrick 17 Ward 18 Meyler 19 Walters

Wales

1 Hennessey (G) 3 N. Taylor 7 Allen 16 Ledley 5 Chester 9 Robson-Kanu 11 Bale 2 Gunter 4 Davies 6 A. Williams (C) 10 Ramsey

Substitutes

  • 21 Danny Ward (G)
  • 12 Owain Fôn Williams (G)
  • 8 Andy King
  • 13 Shaun MacDonald
  • 14 David Edwards
  • 15 Harry Wilson
  • 17 Jazz Richards
  • 18 Sam Vokes
  • 19 James Collins
  • 20 Joseph Walsh
  • 22 Tom Bradshaw
  • 23 Ben Woodburn

Officials

  • Referee Nicola Rizzoli
  • Assistant Referee Lorenzo Manganelli
  • Assistant Referee Filippo Meli
  • 4th Referee Davide Massa
  • Uefa Delegate Bernd Barutta
  • Referee Observer Itchko Lozev
  • Timothy Tuomey

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 1" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 1" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Neil Taylor (Wales).
  • 1" James Chester (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 2" Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Chris Gunter (Wales).
  • 9" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 11" Ashley Williams (Wales) fouls.
  • 12" Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Chris Gunter (Wales).
  • 13" Joe Ledley (Wales) takes the corner.
  • 14" Joe Ledley (Wales) delivers the corner.
  • 15" Joe Allen (Wales) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).
  • 16" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 21" Aaron Ramsey (Wales) fouls.
  • 21" David Meyler (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 22" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 22" Wayne Hennessey (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 25" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on James Chester (Wales).
  • 25" James Chester (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 26" Aaron Ramsey (Wales) takes the corner.
  • 26" Ashley Williams (Wales) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland).
  • 27" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 34" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 34" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 34" Ben Davies (Wales) blocks a shot.
  • 38" Aaron Ramsey (Wales) takes the corner.
  • 40" Gareth Bale (Wales) misses the target.
  • 42" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 42" Ashley Williams (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 44" Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 44" John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 45" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Joe Allen (Wales).
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Sam Vokes (in) - Hal Robson-Kanu (out) (Wales)
  • 46" David Meyler (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 46" David Meyler (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 46" Ben Davies (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 47" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 48" Gareth Bale (Wales) has an effort on goal.
  • 48" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 48" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Joe Allen (Wales).
  • 49" Ashley Williams (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 49" Gareth Bale (Wales) misses the target.
  • 51" Neil Taylor (Wales) misses the target.
  • 53" Aaron Ramsey (Wales) delivers the corner.
  • 53" Gareth Bale (Wales) fouls.
  • 54" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 54" Aaron Ramsey (Wales) has an attempt on goal.
  • 54" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 56" Aaron Ramsey (Wales) is shown a yellow card.
  • 56" Aaron Ramsey (Wales) is penalised for a foul on Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 57" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 57" Joe Ledley (Wales) blocks a shot.
  • 58" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 58" Ashley Williams (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 59" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 60" Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 61" Joe Allen (Wales) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland).
  • 62" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 62" Sam Vokes (Wales) blocks a shot.
  • 62" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 64" Sam Vokes (Wales) misses the target.
  • 68" Gareth Bale (Wales) fouls.
  • 68" Gareth Bale (Wales) is booked.
  • 69" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 69" Neil Taylor (Wales) is penalised for a foul on Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland).
  • 69" Neil Taylor (Wales) is dismissed.
  • 72" Cyrus Christie (in) - Seamus Coleman (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 72" Jazz Richards (in) - Joe Ledley (out) (Wales)
  • 73" Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Chris Gunter (Wales).
  • 73" Wayne Hennessey (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 74" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 74" Ashley Williams (Wales) blocks a shot.
  • 74" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 74" Chris Gunter (Wales) blocks a shot.
  • 74" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 75" Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 75" Chris Gunter (Wales) blocks a shot.
  • 75" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 75" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 75" James Chester (Wales) blocks a shot.
  • 76" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 77" Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 78" Aaron Ramsey (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 79" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Chris Gunter (Wales).
  • 79" Aiden McGeady (in) - David Meyler (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 80" Gareth Bale (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 81" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 83" Gareth Bale (Wales) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on James McClean (Republic of Ireland).
  • 84" Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 84" Gareth Bale (Wales) misses the target.
  • 86" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 88" Aaron Ramsey (Wales) delivers the corner.
  • 88" Gareth Bale (Wales) misses the target.
  • 89" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 90+1" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 90+4" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 90+4" Ben Davies (Wales) blocks a shot.
  • 90+4" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 90+4" Wayne Hennessey (Wales) blocks a shot.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Wales

Corners Won

7 6

Shots on Target

1 2

Shots off Target

5 6

Fouls Committed

12 11
  • Republic of Ireland

    Wales

  • 0Goals0
  • 2Yellow Card(s)2
  • 0Red Card(s)1
  • 1Shots on Goal2
  • 5Shots Wide6
  • 8Shot(s) Blocked0
  • 2Save(s)9
  • 14Total Shots8
  • 12Fouls Committed11
  • 7Corner(s)6
  • 3Offside(s)0