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Senior Men FriendliesFirst Round | Stadion Miejski, Wroclaw
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REPORT: Poland 1-1 Republic of Ireland

Poland 1-1 Republic of Ireland
Aiden O'Brien
11th Sep 2018

The Republic of Ireland ended the International break on a positive note as they drew 1-1 with Poland at the Stadion Miejski in Wroclaw on Tuesday evening.

A second-half header from debutant Aiden O’Brien looked set to earn Martin O’Neill’s side a morale-boosting victory following their 4-1 loss away to Wales but Mateusz Klich’s late leveller earned Poland a share of the spoils.

Poland started the match brightly and they ought to have taken the lead after just ten minutes but Arkadiusz Milik could only head Marcin Kaminski’s flick-on from a long throw-in wide of the far left post.

The home side, who were eliminated from the recent World Cup in Russia at the group stage, again went close to opening the scoring just shy of the half an hour mark but Grzegorz Krychowiak turned Kaminski’s driven shot off target from a few yards.

Ireland’s best opportunity of a tame first half fell to Aiden O’Brien but the Millwall striker fired his attempt past the near post from a decent position.

The Irish created the first chance of the second period shortly after the restart but Callum O’Dowda’s powerful strike was straight at the Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Ireland would take the lead in the 54th minute as Aiden O’Brien nodded Callum O’Dowda’s cross past the Juventus keeper to ensure it was a dream debut for the 24-year-old forward.

But it wouldn’t be enough to earn his side the win as substitute Mateusz Klich curled the ball into the top right corner with three minutes remaining after combining well with Arkadiusz Milik on the edge of the area.

POLAND: Wojciech Szczesny; Tomasz Kedziora, Kamil Glik (Jan Bednarek 59), Marcin Kaminski, Arkadiusz Reca (Rafal Pietrzak 72); Jakub Blaszczykowski (Przemyslaw Frankowski 81), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Damian Szymanski 72), Karol Linetty, Rafal Kurzawa (Damian Kadzior 45); Arkadiusz Milik, Krzysztof Piatek (Mateusz Klich 59).

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Darren Randolph; Richard Keogh, John Egan, Kevin Long; Cyrus Christie (Matthew Doherty 55), Callum O’Dowda (Alan Judge 89), Shaun Williams (Conor Hourihane 72), Jeff Hendrick (David Meyler 56), Enda Stevens; Callum Robinson (Graham Burke 63), Aiden O’Brien (Daryl Horgan 81).

Referee: Boris Marhefka (Slovakia).

Tactical Lineups

Poland

1 Szczęsny (G) 3 Reca 4 Kędziora 7 Milik 8 Linetty 10 Krychowiak 15 Glik (C) 16 Błaszczykowski 19 Kamiński 21 Kurzawa 23 K. Piątek

Substitutes

  • 12 Łukasz Skorupski (G)
  • 22 Łukasz Fabiański (G)
  • 2 Rafał Pietrzak
  • 5 Jan Bednarek
  • 6 Jacek Góralski
  • 9 Robert Lewandowski
  • 11 Mateusz Klich
  • 13 Damian Szymański
  • 14 Adam Dźwigała
  • 17 Damian Kądzior
  • 18 Bartosz Bereszyński
  • 20 Przemysław Frankowski

Republic of Ireland

23 Randolph (G) 3 Christie 7 Williams 8 O'Dowda 10 Egan 11 O'Brien 12 Stevens 13 Hendrick 14 Robinson 20 Keogh (C) 21 Long

Officials

  • Referee Boris Marhefka
  • Assistant Referee Roman Slyško
  • Assistant Referee Michal Tomčík
  • 4th Referee Krzysztof Jakubik
  • David Ferrero Redondo

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 3" Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 3" Kamil Glik (Poland) blocks a shot.
  • 4" Kamil Glik (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 4" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 5" Arkadiusz Milik (Poland) misses the target.
  • 10" Arkadiusz Milik (Poland) misses the target.
  • 11" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 11" Kevin Long (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Kamil Glik (Poland).
  • 11" Wojciech Szczęsny (Poland) takes the free-kick.
  • 12" Karol Linetty (Poland) fouls.
  • 13" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 14" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 17" Jakub Błaszczykowski (Poland) takes the corner.
  • 19" Rafał Kurzawa (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland).
  • 19" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 20" Kamil Glik (Poland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland).
  • 21" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 26" Rafał Kurzawa (Poland) delivers the corner.
  • 26" Kamil Glik (Poland) fouls.
  • 26" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 27" Rafał Kurzawa (Poland) takes the corner.
  • 28" Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland) misses the target.
  • 29" Aiden O'Brien (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 30" Karol Linetty (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland).
  • 30" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 35" Arkadiusz Milik (Poland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 35" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 37" Marcin Kamiński (Poland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Aiden O'Brien (Republic of Ireland).
  • 37" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 40" Aiden O'Brien (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 41" Rafał Kurzawa (Poland) takes the free-kick.
  • 41" Karol Linetty (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Aiden O'Brien (Republic of Ireland).
  • 41" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 42" Jakub Błaszczykowski (Poland) has a shot blocked.
  • 42" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 42" Jakub Błaszczykowski (Poland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 42" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Damian Kądzior (in) - Rafał Kurzawa (out) (Poland)
  • 49" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 49" Wojciech Szczęsny (Poland) blocks a shot.
  • 49" Shaun Williams (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Krzysztof Piątek (Poland).
  • 50" Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland) takes the free-kick.
  • 52" Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 52" Kamil Glik (Poland) blocks a shot.
  • 53" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 53" Aiden O'Brien (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 54" David Meyler (in) - Jeff Hendrick (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 54" Matthew Doherty (in) - Cyrus Christie (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 59" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 60" Arkadiusz Milik (Poland) fouls.
  • 61" Jan Bednarek (in) - Kamil Glik (out) (Poland)
  • 61" Mateusz Klich (in) - Krzysztof Piątek (out) (Poland)
  • 62" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 63" Karol Linetty (Poland) misses the target.
  • 63" Graham Burke (in) - Callum Robinson (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 66" Aiden O'Brien (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 67" Marcin Kamiński (Poland) takes the free-kick.
  • 71" Arkadiusz Milik (Poland) misses the target.
  • 71" Damian Kądzior (Poland) has a shot blocked.
  • 71" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 72" Aiden O'Brien (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Karol Linetty (Poland).
  • 72" Rafał Pietrzak (in) - Arkadiusz Reca (out) (Poland)
  • 73" Conor Hourihane (in) - Shaun Williams (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 73" Damian Szymański (in) - Grzegorz Krychowiak (out) (Poland)
  • 73" Damian Szymański (Poland) takes the free-kick.
  • 75" Damian Szymański (Poland) misses the target.
  • 77" Damian Kądzior (Poland) has a shot blocked.
  • 77" Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 77" Damian Kądzior (Poland) takes the corner.
  • 78" Aiden O'Brien (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 78" Jan Bednarek (Poland) takes the free-kick.
  • 80" Karol Linetty (Poland) has a shot blocked.
  • 80" Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 81" Daryl Horgan (in) - Aiden O'Brien (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 81" Przemysław Frankowski (in) - Jakub Błaszczykowski (out) (Poland)
  • 84" Mateusz Klich (Poland) misses the target.
  • 87" Mateusz Klich (Poland) scores!
  • 90" Alan Judge (in) - Callum O'Dowda (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Damian Kądzior (Poland).
  • 90" Karol Linetty (Poland) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+1" Mateusz Klich (Poland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 90+1" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 90+3" Tomasz Kędziora (Poland) fouls.
  • 90+4" Kevin Long (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • The final whistle is blown.