Republic of Ireland 2 - 0 Moldova | 2018 - FIFA World Cup | 2017785

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

Republic of Ireland 2 - 0 Moldova

Murphy(2, 19) Full-time
Republic of Ireland Moldova

Ireland MNT: Murphy double secures Moldova win

Republic of Ireland sealed an important three points in their battle for qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as Daryl Murphy notched a brace against Moldova.
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6th Oct 2017

Murphy scored both goals in the first-half to secure the win ahead of the crunch tie against second-placed Wales on Monday, October 9th in Cardiff.

Fresh from signing a new two-year deal with the Football Association of Ireland, Martin O'Neill selected Callum O'Dowda in the starting XI, who became the youngest player to start a competitive international under the Irish boss.

He also decided to go with two strikers in the starting XI as both Shane Long and Murphy started, and the latter immediately reaped the rewards. With just two minutes on the clock, Stephen Ward's long throw was flicked on by Shane Duffy and the Nottingham Forest striker fired home with a clinical left-foot finish. 

Just before the 20-minute mark, Murphy put Ireland into a two-goal lead with his second of the game. Once again, Ward took advantage of the space down the left to get a deep cross towards the back-post and Murphy directed his header brilliantly into the right-hand corner. 

Ireland didn't have it all their own way in the first-half as Sergiu Platica unleashed a fierce drive towards the top right-hand corner and Darren Randolph produced an excellent one-handed save to deny him in the 27th minute.

Ireland continued to press forward in search of goals and Shane Long should have added to the scoreline with 30 minutes remaining. Wes Hoolahan danced past two defenders to slide the ball through to O'Dowda who saw his shot saved and Long could only put the effort inches wide of the right-hand post.

With eight minutes remaining, O'Neill handed a senior debut to former Cork City and current Preston North End striker Sean Maguire but Ireland failed to add to the scoreline despite Moldova going down to ten men in the final minute. 

Substitute Harry Arter was fouled by Alexandru Gatcan and after getting up, Gatcan put his head towards Arter and the referee brandished the red card.

The result sees Ireland maintain third position on 16 points with Wales one point ahead of them in second and leaders Serbia two points ahead after they suffered a 3-2 defeat in Austria.

Teams 

Republic of Ireland: Randolph (GK), Christie, Clark, Murphy (Arter 77), Long (Maguire 82), O'Dowda, Hendrick, Hoolahan (McGeady 78), Ward, Meyler (C), Duffy.

Subs not used: Doyle (GK), Elliot (GK), O'Shea, Keogh, Whelan, O'Kane, Hourihane, Hogan, K. Long.

Moldova: Cebanu (GK), Racu, Epureanu (C), Ionita, Gatcan, Dedov (Cociuc 55), Ginsari, Bordian, Platica (Ambros 78), Anton, Rozgoniuc.

Subs not used: Koselev (GK), Pascenco (GK), Graur, Antoniuc, Cojocari, Pascenco, Ojog.

Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

23 Randolph (G) 2 Christie 3 Clark 8 Murphy 9 Long 12 O'Dowda 13 Hendrick 14 Hoolahan 17 Ward 18 Meyler (C) 20 Duffy

Moldova

1 Cebanu (G) 4 Racu 6 A. Epureanu (C) 7 Ioniţa 8 Gaţcan 10 Dedov 11 Gînsari 14 Bordian 16 Platica 17 Anton 22 Rozgoniuc

Substitutes

  • 12 Serghei Paşcenco (G)
  • 23 Alexei Koşelev (G)
  • 3 Dinu Graur
  • 9 Alexandru Antoniuc
  • 13 Andrei Cojocari
  • 15 Eugeniu Cociuc
  • 19 Vladimir Ambros
  • 20 Alexandru Paşcenco
  • 21 Petru Ojog

Officials

  • Referee Bas Nijhuis
  • Assistant Referee Joost van Zuilen
  • Assistant Referee Charles Schaap
  • 4th Referee Serdar Gözübüyük
  • Uefa Delegate Luca Zorzi
  • Referee Observer Oguz Sarvan
  • Timothy Tuomey

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 1" Sergiu Platica (Moldova) is penalised for a foul on Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).
  • 2" David Meyler (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 2" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 3" Artiom Rozgoniuc (Moldova) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 4" Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 8" Gheorghe Anton (Moldova) fouls.
  • 9" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 9" Ilie Cebanu (Moldova) takes the free-kick.
  • 11" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 14" Alexandru Gaţcan (Moldova) misses the target.
  • 15" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 17" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Vitalie Bordian (Moldova).
  • 17" Vitalie Bordian (Moldova) takes the free-kick.
  • 18" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Vitalie Bordian (Moldova).
  • 18" Vitalie Bordian (Moldova) takes the free-kick.
  • 19" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 21" Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 21" Vitalie Bordian (Moldova) takes the free-kick.
  • 23" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 23" Ilie Cebanu (Moldova) blocks a shot.
  • 23" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 23" Alexandru Dedov (Moldova) takes the corner.
  • 24" Sergiu Platica (Moldova) misses the target.
  • 24" Alexandru Dedov (Moldova) is penalised for a foul on Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).
  • 25" Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 27" Sergiu Platica (Moldova) has an effort on goal.
  • 27" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 27" Alexandru Dedov (Moldova) delivers the corner.
  • 27" Alexandru Gaţcan (Moldova) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 27" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 30" Radu Gînsari (Moldova) takes the corner.
  • 30" Alexandru Dedov (Moldova) misses the target.
  • 32" Radu Gînsari (Moldova) delivers the corner.
  • 32" Alexandru Gaţcan (Moldova) misses the target.
  • 36" Artur Ioniţa (Moldova) has an effort on goal.
  • 36" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 37" Alexandru Gaţcan (Moldova) fouls.
  • 38" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Sergiu Platica (Moldova).
  • 38" Vitalie Bordian (Moldova) takes the free-kick.
  • 40" Alexandru Dedov (Moldova) has an effort on goal.
  • 40" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 41" Artiom Rozgoniuc (Moldova) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland).
  • 41" Artiom Rozgoniuc (Moldova) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 42" Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 43" Petru Racu (Moldova) fouls.
  • 44" Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 44" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 44" Alexandru Epureanu (Moldova) blocks a shot.
  • 45" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 45" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Vitalie Bordian (Moldova).
  • 46" Vitalie Bordian (Moldova) takes the free-kick.
  • 47" Radu Gînsari (Moldova) delivers the corner.
  • 51" Radu Gînsari (Moldova) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland).
  • 52" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 55" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 55" Eugeniu Cociuc (in) - Alexandru Dedov (out) (Moldova)
  • 55" Gheorghe Anton (Moldova) takes the free-kick.
  • 56" Eugeniu Cociuc (Moldova) takes the corner.
  • 58" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 58" Vitalie Bordian (Moldova) blocks a shot.
  • 59" Eugeniu Cociuc (Moldova) delivers the corner.
  • 61" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 61" Vitalie Bordian (Moldova) blocks a shot.
  • 61" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 63" Eugeniu Cociuc (Moldova) has an attempt on goal.
  • 63" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 65" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 66" Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 66" Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 66" Alexandru Gaţcan (Moldova) blocks a shot.
  • 66" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 72" Eugeniu Cociuc (Moldova) misses the target.
  • 73" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Sergiu Platica (Moldova).
  • 73" Alexandru Gaţcan (Moldova) takes the free-kick.
  • 79" Aiden McGeady (in) - Wes Hoolahan (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 79" Vladimir Ambros (in) - Sergiu Platica (out) (Moldova)
  • 79" Harry Arter (in) - Daryl Murphy (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 83" Seán Maguire (in) - Shane Long (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 85" Eugeniu Cociuc (Moldova) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).
  • 85" David Meyler (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 88" Gheorghe Anton (Moldova) misses the target.
  • 89" Seán Maguire (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 89" Alexandru Epureanu (Moldova) takes the free-kick.
  • 90" Artiom Rozgoniuc (Moldova) is penalised for a foul on Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+1" Harry Arter (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Artiom Rozgoniuc (Moldova).
  • 90+1" Harry Arter (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 90+1" Alexandru Epureanu (Moldova) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+1" Alexandru Gaţcan (Moldova) fouls.
  • 90+2" Alexandru Gaţcan (Moldova) is dismissed.
  • 90+3" Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Moldova

Corners Won

3 7

Shots on Target

3 4

Shots off Target

7 6

Fouls Committed

9 12
  • Republic of Ireland

    Moldova

  • 2Goals0
  • 1Yellow Card(s)1
  • 0Red Card(s)1
  • 3Shots on Goal4
  • 7Shots Wide6
  • 4Shot(s) Blocked0
  • 4Save(s)5
  • 14Total Shots10
  • 9Fouls Committed12
  • 3Corner(s)7
  • 1Offside(s)0