Republic of Ireland 0 - 1 Luxembourg | 2022 - FIFA World Cup | 2030796

European Qualifiers Qualifying Round - Group A | Aviva Stadium, Dublin
27 March 2021 - 19:45 (18:45 local time)

Republic of Ireland 0 - 1 Luxembourg

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REPORT | Ireland 0-1 Luxembourg

The Republic of Ireland suffered defeat at the hands of Luxembourg in the World Cup Qualifiers at the Aviva Stadium with a late goal from Gerson Rodrigues.
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The solitary strike came in the eighty-fifth minute with Rodrigues hitting a long-range effort that beat Bazunu.

Stephen Kenny made three changes from the side that lost to Serbia last Wednesday; Mark Travers, Aaron Connolly and Jason Molumby came out of the starting line up and were replaced by James Collins, Gavin Bazunu and Jason Knight.

The first chance fell to the visitors when Vincent Thill had the first shot on target for Luxembourg with a low drive but Gavin Bazunu was equal to the effort.

Ireland with plenty of possession had their first opportunity when Seamus Coleman sent a cross into the area which was met by Alan Browne but he couldn’t direct his header goalwards.

James Collins went very close to opening the scoring as he met a low cross sent into him by Callum Robinson, Anthony Morris Luxembourg’s keeper denied Collins with a fine save.

Ireland continued to press with Callum Robinson instrumental in Ireland’s forward play. Despite numerous advances on the Luxembourg goal, the visitor's defence cleared any danger.

For Ireland, Ciaran Clark did excellently to block an attempt from Gerson Rodrigues who looked to test Bazunu with an effort from the edge of the area. Gerson Rodrigues had another attempt on goal with a high looping effort that Bazunu was alert to and he did brilliantly to initially parry the ball and then cover it on the second attempt in what was an excellent save.

For the second half, Ireland brought on Robbie Brady and he made an immediate impact by putting in an excellent cross into the area that Alan Browne couldn’t get make a proper connection.

The first chance in the second period for Luxembourg fell to Olivier Thill as he had a long-range free-kick that went wide following a foul from Ciaran Clark.

Alan Browne had an excellent opportunity to put Ireland ahead when a free-kick sent into the area by Robbie Brady was met by Browne but his effort just went wide of the post. Vincent Thill forced Gavin Bazunu into a save with his feet following a low shot at the keepers near post.

Callum Robinson had another opportunity on goal but his shot went over the bar. James Collins went close once again after some quick passing play Robbie Brady sent a cross into the area to which Collins’ overhead kick hit the side netting.

Shane Long was introduced to the game and he nearly made an impact with a header from a cross that Brady sent into the area but Moris was equal to the effort.

Luxembourg took the lead with a strike from Gerson Rodrigues, Anthony Moris sent a long ball forward and Rodrigues turned goalward and hit a low effort with pace that Bazunu could not save.

Ireland continued to press in search of an equaliser but it never came and Luxembourg took the three points.

Ireland: Gavin Bazunu (GK), Seamus Coleman ©, Enda Stevens, Ciaran Clark (James McClean 60), Jason Knight, Matt Doherty (Robbie Brady 46), Alan Browne, James Collins (Troy Parrott 87), Callum Robinson (Shane Long 72), Josh Cullen (Jayson Molumby 87), Dara O'Shea.
SUBS: Mark Travers (GK), Kieran O'Hara (GK), Shane Duffy, Jeff Hendrick, Daryl Horgan, Darragh Lenihan, Cyrus Christie.
Luxembourg: Anthony Moris (GK), Maxime Chanot, Enes Mahmutovic, Christopher Martins, Danel Sinani (Lars Gerson 90), Gerson Rodrigues, Vincent Thill (Maurice Deville 78), Olivier Thill, Leandro Barreiro (C) , Laurent Jans, Marvin Martins.
SUBS: Ralph Schon (GK), Lucas Fox (GK), Florian Bohnert, Timothe Rupil, Eldin Dzogovic, Michael Pinto, Aldin Skenderovic, Edvin Muratovic , Sébastien Thill.

Referee: Fran Jović (CRO)

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

16 Bazunu (G) 2 Coleman (C) 3 Stevens 5 Clark 6 Knight 7 Doherty 8 Browne 9 Collins 12 Robinson 17 Cullen 20 O'Shea

Coach

Stephen Kenny

Luxembourg

1 Moris (G) 2 Chanot 3 Mahmutovic 8 Martins Pereira 9 Sinani 10 Rodrigues 11 Thill 15 Thill 16 Barreiro 18 Jans (C) 22 Martins

Substitutes

  • 12 Ralph Schon (G)
  • 23 Lucas Fox (G)
  • 5 Florian Bohnert
  • 6 Timothe Rupil
  • 7 Lars Gerson
  • 13 Eldin Dzogovic
  • 14 Maurice Deville
  • 17 Michael Pinto
  • 19 Aldin Skenderovic
  • 20 Edvin Muratovic
  • 21 Sébastien Thill

Coach

Luc Holtz

Officials

  • Referee Fran Jović
  • Assistant Referees Borut Križarić
  • UEFA Delegate Michael O'brien
  • Assistant Referee Two Luka Pušic
  • Fourth Official Mario Zebec
  • Referee Observer Michael Thomas Ross

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • 1" The match is under way.
  • 2" Gavin Bazunu (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 2" Vincent Thill (Luxembourg) has an effort on goal.
  • 3" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Christopher Martins Pereira (Luxembourg).
  • 3" Vincent Thill (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 4" Vincent Thill (Luxembourg) misses the target.
  • 4" Vincent Thill (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland).
  • 5" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 10" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Marvin Martins (Luxembourg).
  • 12" Anthony Moris (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 13" Olivier Thill (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland).
  • 13" Olivier Thill (Luxembourg) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 13" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 15" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 15" Anthony Moris (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 16" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Vincent Thill (Luxembourg).
  • 16" Vincent Thill (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 17" Vincent Thill (Luxembourg) takes the corner.
  • 18" Anthony Moris (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 18" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 19" Laurent Jans (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland).
  • 20" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 20" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 23" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Vincent Thill (Luxembourg).
  • 24" Maxime Chanot (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 24" Danel Sinani (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland).
  • 24" Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 27" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Vincent Thill (Luxembourg).
  • 27" Christopher Martins Pereira (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 33" Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Danel Sinani (Luxembourg).
  • 33" Danel Sinani (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 35" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 35" Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 37" Enes Mahmutovic (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 37" Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 38" Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 38" Gerson Rodrigues (Luxembourg) has a shot blocked.
  • 39" Olivier Thill (Luxembourg) takes the corner.
  • 42" Gavin Bazunu (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 42" Gerson Rodrigues (Luxembourg) has an effort on goal.
  • 45+1" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Anthony Moris (Luxembourg).
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • 46" The second half begins.
  • 46" Robbie Brady (in) - Matt Doherty (out) (@@teamID)
  • 46" Danel Sinani (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland).
  • 46" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 46" Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 47" Gerson Rodrigues (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland).
  • 47" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 48" Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Olivier Thill (Luxembourg).
  • 49" Olivier Thill (Luxembourg) misses the target.
  • 50" Laurent Jans (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland).
  • 51" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 52" Leandro Barreiro (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland).
  • 52" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 53" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Danel Sinani (Luxembourg).
  • 53" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 53" Danel Sinani (Luxembourg) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 54" Marvin Martins (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 55" Danel Sinani (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on James Collins (Republic of Ireland).
  • 55" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 55" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 56" Gerson Rodrigues (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland).
  • 56" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 57" Laurent Jans (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland).
  • 58" Laurent Jans (Luxembourg) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 58" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 59" Gerson Rodrigues (Luxembourg) is flagged for offside.
  • 60" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 60" Gerson Rodrigues (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland).
  • 60" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 61" James McClean (in) - Ciaran Clark (out) (@@teamID)
  • 61" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 61" Vincent Thill (Luxembourg) has a shot blocked.
  • 62" Gavin Bazunu (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 62" Vincent Thill (Luxembourg) has an effort on goal.
  • 63" Olivier Thill (Luxembourg) takes the corner.
  • 63" Olivier Thill (Luxembourg) is flagged for offside.
  • 63" Gavin Bazunu (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 67" Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 68" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Laurent Jans (Luxembourg).
  • 68" Laurent Jans (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 68" Danel Sinani (Luxembourg) misses the target.
  • 69" Enes Mahmutovic (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on James Collins (Republic of Ireland).
  • 70" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 70" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 72" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Gerson Rodrigues (Luxembourg).
  • 73" Leandro Barreiro (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 73" Shane Long (in) - Callum Robinson (out) (@@teamID)
  • 75" Anthony Moris (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 75" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 76" Laurent Jans (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland).
  • 77" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 78" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 78" Enes Mahmutovic (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 79" Maurice Deville (in) - Vincent Thill (out) (@@teamID)
  • 79" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Maurice Deville (Luxembourg).
  • 80" Enes Mahmutovic (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 80" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Olivier Thill (Luxembourg).
  • 80" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 81" Maxime Chanot (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 82" Danel Sinani (Luxembourg) takes the corner.
  • 83" Christopher Martins Pereira (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland).
  • 83" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 84" Maurice Deville (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland).
  • 84" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 84" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 85" Anthony Moris (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 85" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Maxime Chanot (Luxembourg).
  • 85" Anthony Moris (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 85" Gerson Rodrigues (Luxembourg) scores!
  • 87" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 87" Anthony Moris (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 87" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Anthony Moris (Luxembourg).
  • 88" Anthony Moris (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 88" Troy Parrott (in) - James Collins (out) (@@teamID)
  • 88" Jayson Molumby (in) - Josh Cullen (out) (@@teamID)
  • 89" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 90+2" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 90+2" Lars Gerson (in) - Danel Sinani (out) (@@teamID)
  • 90+2" Anthony Moris (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+5" Anthony Moris (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 90+5" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Luxembourg

Corners Won

3 4

Shots on Target

3 4

Shots off Target

6 3

Fouls Committed

16 16
  • Republic of Ireland

    Luxembourg

  • 0Goals1
  • 2Yellow Card(s)3
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 3Shots on Goal4
  • 6Shots Wide3
  • 2Shot(s) Blocked2
  • 5Save(s)6
  • 11Total Shots9
  • 16Fouls Committed16
  • 3Corner(s)4
  • 2Offside(s)2