Scotland 1 - 0 Republic of Ireland | 2016 - UEFA Euro | 2013894

UEFA European Championship Qualifying Round | Celtic Park, Glasgow
14 November 2014 - 19:45 (local time)

Scotland 1 - 0 Republic of Ireland

Maloney(75) Full-time
Scotland Republic of Ireland

Ireland beaten by Scotland

SCOTLAND 1 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 0 - Ireland’s excellent start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign came to an end in Glasgow when they were beaten by Scotland.
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14th Nov 2014

A 75th minute goal from Shaun Maloney separated the teams on a night when the absence of key players through injury was sorely felt by Ireland.  

Martin O’Neill’s starting line-up saw five changes from the team which began the 1-1 away to World Champions Germany last month with Seamus Coleman, Richard Keogh, Darron Gibson, Jeff Hendrick and Shane Long coming in for David Meyler, Marc Wilson, Glenn Whelan, Stephen Quinn and Robbie Keane

Celtic Park was packed to capacity when the game kick-offed and right from the beginning it was clear that it would be a war of attrition as tackles flew in and referee Milorad Mažić booked Scotland’s Grant Hanley and Ireland’s Aiden McGeady inside the first 15 minutes.

By that stage Ireland had twice test Scottish keeper David Marshall with long range efforts from Jonathon Walters and Darron Gibson while at the other end Steve Fletcher headed over from Shaun Maloney’s corner.

Scotland looked dangerous down the left whenever Andrew Robertson and Ikechi Anya got on the ball and Maloney was also a threat on the other side, particularly in the 34th minute when he produced an excellent cross that Charlie Mulgrew headed wide and in the 41st minute when he picked out Fletcher only the striker to spurn the best chance of the opening half.

Having started well, Ireland found themselves playing second fiddle for most of the first half but they defended well and Forde only save was from a long range effort by Steven Fletcher which he dealt with comfortably.

Half-time offered manager Martin O’Neill and his players an opportunity to regroup and the Irish were certainly a lot more comfortable on the ball after the break.

They almost took the lead after 55 minutes when Scotland failed to clear McClean’s corner and when Walter’s put the ball back into the danger area Long’s snap head from close range was just too close to Marshall.

The Scottish goalkeeper then had to be at his best three minutes later when a good Irish build up ended with the ball falling to McGeady whose first time left footed shot was turned around the post for a corner by Marshall at full stretch.

But the Scots were still dangerous down the flanks and in the 65th minute Steven Naysmith cut in from the right and drilled a low cross that was met first time by substitute Chris Martin whose shot flashed the wrong side of Forde’s left hand post.

Ireland introduced Stephen Quinn and Robbie Brady for Darron Gibson and Shane Long in the 68th minute and went to a 4-5-1 formation but within seven minutes they were behind. First they conceded a corner when Jonathon Walters was forced to head against his own crossbar from a Mulgrew free-kick with Naismith poised to score. The corner was taken short and when the Irish defence failed to pick up Scott Brown inside the box they allowed him to return Maloney’s initial pass and then watch as his team-mate curled a right-footed shot past Forde and just inside the far post.

For the first time since the game against Estonia in 2001 Robbie Keane didn’t start as the hero of Gelsenkirchen, John O’Shea, took the captain’s armband, but Ireland’s record goalscorer was eventually sprung from the bench in the 78th minute in place of Hendrick as Ireland went back to 4-4-2.  

The final minutes saw the Irish lay siege to the Scottish goal and they almost sneaked an equaliser in added-on time when a free-kick by Robbie Brady was headed against his own crossbar by Hanley.

Four Irish players, McGeady, Hendrick, Coleman and Quinn were booked during the game.

“We are disappointed. We came here to win the game and it was important that we didn’t lose. It was a close game overall. We are devastated but we have got to move on,” said Seamus Coleman.

Scotland: David Marshall; Steven Whittaker, Russell Martin, Grant Hanley, Andrew Robertson; Charlie Mulgrew, Scott Brown; Shaun Maloney, Steven Naismith, Ikechi Anya (Darren Fletcher 88); Steven Fletcher (Chris Martin 55).

Republic of Ireland: David Forde; Seamus Coleman, Richard Keogh, John O’Shea (C), Stephen Ward; Aiden McGeady, Jeff Hendrick (Robbie Keane 78), Darron Gibson (Stephen Quinn 68), James McClean; Jonathon Walters, Shane Long (Robbie Brady 68). Unused Subs: Darren Randolph, Shay Given, Ciaran Clark, Cyrus Christie, Robbie Keane, David Meyler, Anthony Pilkington, David McGoldrick, Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn, Alex Pearce, Daryl Murphy.

Referee Milorad Mažić (Serbia)

Big night ahead in Paradise

As Martin O’Neill stepped into the grounds of Celtic Park yesterday, it was immediately apparent from the welcome received, his affection for the staff and observations on the smallest of changes that this was a place that felt like home.
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14th Nov 2014

Gordon Strachan has claimed that Celtic Park will be unequivocally Scottish this evening with the biggest expected international attendance in 25 years however with a travelling support estimated at 7,000 O’Neill’s team will not feel alone.

Yesterday’s press conferences revealed little about expected teams but we do know that Ireland are going to be without the regular mid-field pairing of Whelan and McCarthy and Marc Wilson in defence. Scotland are largely intact, except for James McArthur who came off the bench in the qualifiers against Germany and Georgia.

Both managers acknowledge that the atmosphere will be electric and yesterday O’Neill stressed the importance of players keeping their discipline. Robbie Keane, meanwhile, has insisted that that the expected focus on Aiden McGeady will actually push him to rise to the occasion. Whether he starts on the wing or plays in behind the main striker as he did against Germany will be interesting to see but either way it is clear that Martin O’Neill rates him very highly and will be expecting a big performance tonight.

The match is likely to be a frenzied, hard fought encounter between two evenly matched sides, each with momentum behind them. A win from tonight’s game would be a massive plus on the road to qualification. The players on both sides all know it. That is what makes the occasion so special. They live for nights like tonight.

SFA confirms UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier for Celtic Park

THE Scottish FA has today confirmed that the venue for the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying round Group D fixture between Scotland the Republic of Ireland will take place at Celtic Park, Glasgow.
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14th Jul 2014

THE Scottish FA has today confirmed that the venue for the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying round Group D fixture between Scotland the Republic of Ireland will take place at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

The fixture on Friday, November 14 (7.45pm), will take place at the home of SPL champions Celtic FC as Hampden Park is not available.

Away tickets details will be provided this week and ticket applications for Ireland fans can be made through the FAI's away ticketing portal: www.fai.ie/away.

FIXTURE DETAILS

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifying Round Group D
Scotland v Republic of Ireland
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Friday, November 14, 2014 (7.45pm)

Tactical Lineups

Scotland

1 Marshall (G) 2 Whittaker 3 Mulgrew 4 R. Martin 5 Hanley 6 Maloney 8 Brown (C) 9 S. Fletcher 10 S. Naismith 11 Anya 15 Robertson

Substitutes

  • 12 Craig Gordon (G)
  • 21 Matthew Gilks (G)
  • 13 Chris Martin
  • 14 Christophe Berra
  • 16 Graham Dorrans
  • 17 Barry Bannan
  • 18 Gordon Greer
  • 19 Darren Fletcher
  • 20 Chris Burke
  • 22 Johnny Russell
  • 23 Stevie May

Republic of Ireland

1 Forde (G) 2 Coleman 3 Ward 4 O'Shea (C) 7 McGeady 8 Hendrick 9 Long 11 McClean 14 Gibson 19 Walters 22 Keogh

Officials

  • Referee Milorad Mažić
  • Assistant Referee Milovan Ristić
  • Assistant Referee Dalibor Djurdjević
  • Additional Assistant Referee Danilo Grujić
  • Additional Assistant Referee Dejan Filipovic
  • 4th Referee Dejan Petrović
  • Uefa Delegate Petr Fousek
  • Referee Observer Jaap Uilenberg
  • Alexander Higgins
  • Bill Machray
  • Fernand Meese

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 1" Grant Hanley (Scotland) is penalised for a foul on Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland).
  • 1" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 2" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 2" David Marshall (Scotland) blocks a shot.
  • 4" Shaun Maloney (Scotland) takes the corner.
  • 4" Steven Fletcher (Scotland) misses the target.
  • 6" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Andrew Robertson (Scotland).
  • 9" Shaun Maloney (Scotland) misses the target.
  • 11" Darron Gibson (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 11" David Marshall (Scotland) blocks a shot.
  • 12" Grant Hanley (Scotland) fouls.
  • 12" Grant Hanley (Scotland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 13" Darron Gibson (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 15" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Steven Fletcher (Scotland).
  • 15" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 16" Shaun Maloney (Scotland) takes the free-kick.
  • 22" Shaun Maloney (Scotland) delivers the corner.
  • 23" Steven Whittaker (Scotland) has a shot blocked.
  • 24" Russell Martin (Scotland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Shane Long (Republic of Ireland).
  • 25" Darron Gibson (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 27" Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland) takes the free-kick.
  • 27" Grant Hanley (Scotland) is penalised for a foul on David Forde (Republic of Ireland).
  • 30" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Steven Whittaker (Scotland).
  • 30" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) is booked.
  • 31" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 32" Steven Fletcher (Scotland) is penalised for a foul on Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland).
  • 33" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland).
  • 34" Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland) misses the target.
  • 35" Andrew Robertson (Scotland) has a shot blocked.
  • 37" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 37" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 38" Steven Whittaker (Scotland) has an effort on goal.
  • 38" David Forde (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 39" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 40" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 42" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 43" Scott Brown (Scotland) is penalised for a foul on Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland).
  • 44" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 45+1" Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Shaun Maloney (Scotland).
  • 45+2" John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 49" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland).
  • 51" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 52" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 55" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 55" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 55" David Marshall (Scotland) blocks a shot.
  • 56" Chris Martin (in) - Steven Fletcher (out) (Scotland)
  • 56" Shaun Maloney (Scotland) is flagged for offside.
  • 58" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 59" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 59" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Andrew Robertson (Scotland).
  • 59" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 63" Chris Martin (Scotland) misses the target.
  • 66" Chris Martin (Scotland) misses the target.
  • 67" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 68" Robbie Brady (in) - Shane Long (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 68" Stephen Quinn (in) - Darron Gibson (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 70" Stephen Quinn (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 70" Stephen Quinn (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 71" Stephen Quinn (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 73" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Steven Naismith (Scotland).
  • 74" Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland) takes the free-kick.
  • 74" Shaun Maloney (Scotland) delivers the corner.
  • 75" Shaun Maloney (Scotland) scores!
  • 77" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 78" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 78" Robbie Keane (in) - Jeff Hendrick (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 79" Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Russell Martin (Scotland).
  • 79" Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland) takes the free-kick.
  • 79" Grant Hanley (Scotland) misses the target.
  • 81" Ikechi Anya (Scotland) has a shot blocked.
  • 82" Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland) fouls.
  • 82" Andrew Robertson (Scotland) is penalised for a foul on Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland).
  • 82" Andrew Robertson (Scotland) is booked.
  • 83" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 83" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 84" Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on David Marshall (Scotland).
  • 88" Darren Fletcher (in) - Ikechi Anya (out) (Scotland)
  • 89" Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 90" Stephen Quinn (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland).
  • 90" Stephen Quinn (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 90+3" Grant Hanley (Scotland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+3" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+3" Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 90+4" John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Scotland
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

3 8

Shots on Target

2 3

Shots off Target

6 3

Fouls Committed

9 17
  • Scotland

    Republic of Ireland

  • 1Goals0
  • 2Yellow Card(s)5
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 2Shots on Goal3
  • 6Shots Wide3
  • 3Shot(s) Blocked4
  • 3Save(s)1
  • 11Total Shots10
  • 9Fouls Committed17
  • 3Corner(s)8
  • 1Offside(s)2