Luxembourg 0 - 3 Republic of Ireland | 2022 - FIFA World Cup | 2030995

European Qualifiers Qualifying Round - Group A | Stade de Luxembourg, Luxembourg
14 November 2021 - 19:45 (20:45 local time)

Luxembourg 0 - 3 Republic of Ireland

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REPORT | Luxembourg 0-3 Ireland - Ogbene inspires win

The Republic of Ireland ended their World Cup qualification campaign with an impressive 3-0 victory over Luxembourg in the Stade de Luxembourg.
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Goals from Shane Duffy, Chiedozie Ogbene and Callum Robinson paved the way to a very confident victory that ended the campaign. Jason Knight was influential in Ireland's victory along with Gavin Bazunu as he once again pulled off a world-class save to earn a clean sheet.

Stephen Kenny made two changes from the side that drew against Portugal. Adam Idah and James McClean came into the side in place of Jamie McGrath and Enda Stevens. The home side exerted some early pressure with Maxime Chanot and Gerson Rodrigues made advances on Gavin Bazunu’s goal but the Irish defence with Shane Duffy leading the line holding firm to clear the danger.

Callum Robinson forced Ralph Schon into a fine save as his half volley on the edge of the area had the keeper at full stretch to deny Ireland an early goal. Ireland continued to press Luxembourg with Chiedozie Ogbene and Robinson once more having sights on the goal with Robinson’s free-kick taking a deflection for a corner.

Moments later Gavin Bazunu made an excellent save denying Olivier Thill whose long-range effort took a deflection en route to Bazunu pushing it around the post for a corner. Ireland continued to press forward and a cross from James McClean met Adam Idah who tried to guide the ball in at the back post but it was deflected for a corner.

Ogbene forced another save from Schon as the ball fell to the Ireland striker in the area and his well-struck effort had to be tipped over the bar for another Irish corner. John Egan nearly opened the Ireland account right on halftime as his header from a Josh Cullen corner was once again stopped by Schon.

After the interval, Ireland started very brightly with Idah creating a clever attempt on goal following a well-placed cross by Jeff Hendrick. Bazunu was called upon once again as a loose ball fell came to Rodrigues but the curling effort was stopped by the Irish custodian.

Matt Doherty struck an effort from range but his effort went high over the bar. Danel Sinani looked as if he had put the hosts in front but his goal was disallowed following a foul on Shane Duffy in the build-up.

Ireland continued to try and break into the Luxembourg defence with James McClean forcing Schon to put the ball behind for a corner as his cross into the area evaded everyone with the keeper alert to the danger of the pace of the ball.

Ireland’s opened the scoring midway through the second half as a Josh Cullen free kick was excellent with Shane Duffy on hand to head the ball home from close range to score his eighth goal for his country.

Ireland added a second as Jason Knight and Jeff Hendrick instrumental in the move slotted the ball into Chiedozie Ogbene who did brilliantly to slide the ball under Schon. Callum Robinson almost added a third as the ball fell to him following a poor defensive clearance that Schon was forced to block down.

He was to get this goal after a fantastic cross into the area from James McClean was knocked into his path with a clever pass by Jason Knight for Robinson to slot it home to seal the tie.

Luxembourg: Ralph Schon (GK), Maxime Chanot, Vahid Selimovic, Christopher Martins Pereira (Sébastien Thill), Danel Sinani, Gerson Rodrigues, Yvandro Borges Sanches (Maurice Deville 51), Olivier Thill, Leandro Barreiro, Michael Pinto, Laurent Jans ©.
Subs not used: Tim Kips (GK), Thimoty Martin (GK), Florian Bohnert, Kevin Malget, Diogo Pimentel, Eric Veiga, Maurice Deville, Aldin Skenderovic, Mathias Olesen, Michael Omosanya.

Republic of Ireland: Gavin Bazunu, Seamus Coleman ©, Shane Duffy, John Egan, Josh Cullen (Conor Hourihane 89), Callum Robinson (Andrew Omobamidele 89), Adam Idah (Jason Knight 61), Matt Doherty (Troy Parrott 89), James McClean, Jeff Hendrick, Chiedozie Ogbene (Alan Browne 81).
Subs not used: Caoimhin Kelleher (GK), Mark Travers (GK), Enda Stevens, Nathan Collins, Jamie McGrath, William Keane, Callum O’Dowda, Andrew Omobamidele. Booked: Vahid Selimovic, Christopher Martins, Josh Cullen, Shane Duffy, Jason Knight

Player of the Match: Chiedozie Ogbene
Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Attendance: 9,260

PREVIEW | Luxembourg v Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland face Luxembourg in the final FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifier at the Stade de Luxembourg on Sunday, November 14.
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Stephen Kenny's Ireland side head into the match knowing a win against the hosts will leapfrog Ireland ahead of Luxembourg into third spot in the group.

Ireland travelled to Luxembourg yesterday on the back of an impressive 0-0 draw against Portugal as they look to end the campaign on a high.

Match Details

Fixture: Luxembourg v Republic of Ireland
Competition: FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualification
Date: Sunday, November 14
Kick-off: 7.45pm
Location: Stade de Luxembourg
TV: RTE & Sky Sports

Match Officials

Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Assistant 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant 2: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Fourth Official: Balázs Berke (HUN)
Video Assistant Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (HUN)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: István Vad (HUN)

Team News

Andrew Omobamidele trained with the team in Luxembourg this evening and is in contention for the match at the Stade de Luxembourg tomorrow night.

What he said - Manager Stephen Kenny

"Luxembourg are a technical team, a good team, a possession based team, we’ll have to earn the right to win, we’ll have to work hard to win, we’re very determined to do that. We want to make sure we can do that and we’re ready to go.

"One of the things we’re on is a good run of results, as I spoke about the nine games and the level of performance has been good and we want to back that up after the other day against Portugal.

"We don’t want to play Portugal, play extremely well in front of a full house, and come over here and lower our standards.

"It’s important that we keep going, we push on again, try to win tomorrow night. We’re very determined to try and do that and that’s very important for all the group, we have to go and put in a strong performance."

Watch the full press conference with Stephen Kenny here... 

What he said - Captain Seamus Coleman

"Revenge mission? I don't want to look at it like that, in terms of I think we're in a better place ourselves I think," he said at Saturday's pre-match press conference.

"The last few meet-ups have been good. We played some good football at times against Portugal so we need to take that good atmosphere into this game rather than thinking too far back on what happened (at home against Luxembourg).

"The second half of the campaign, things have started to come together for us and I watched from the sideline in the lead-up to the Portugal game in training as I had played on the Sunday and the tactical work, it was plain to be seen what was being done on the training ground and we did bring that forward into the game."

Watch the full press conference with Seamus Coleman here...

Luxembourg v Ireland - Opta Stats

- Republic of Ireland have won five of their six matches against Luxembourg in all competitions, though they lost 1-0 in March in the reverse World Cup 2022 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.
- Luxembourg have lost all three of their home games against the Republic of Ireland and have only netted one goal against them on home soil, a Léon Mart penalty in May 1936 in a 5-1 loss.
- Republic of Ireland have won two of their last four away matches (D1 L1), one more than in their previous 16 on the road (D7 L8). They haven’t won consecutive away games since October/November 2016, beating Moldova and Austria under Martin O’Neill.
- Luxembourg have won two of their last five home World Cup qualifiers (D1 L2), only one fewer than they won in their first 64 home qualifying games (W3 D3 L58).
- Luxembourg have won three of their seven games in World Cup 2022 qualifying (L4), only the second time they’ve recorded as many as three wins in a single qualifying campaign in their history (also 3 for EURO 1996).
- Gerson Rodrigues has been involved in seven of Luxembourg’s eight goals scored in this qualifying campaign, scoring five and assisting two. Rodrigues scored the winner for Luxembourg in their 1-0 win against Republic of Ireland in the reverse fixture.
- Goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu has played six World Cup qualifying matches this campaign – at 19-years-old, his next game will see him equal the record for most competitive appearances as a teenager for Republic of Ireland, currently held by both Ian Harte and Robbie Keane with seven.

Tactical Lineups

Luxembourg

1 Schon (G) 2 Chanot 5 Selimovic 8 Martins Pereira 9 Sinani 10 Rodrigues 11 Borges Sanches 15 Thill 16 Barreiro 17 Michael Pinto 18 Jans (C)

Substitutes

  • 12 Tim Kips (G)
  • 23 Thimoty Martin (G)
  • 3 Florian Bohnert
  • 4 Kevin Malget
  • 6 Diogo Pimentel
  • 7 Eric Veiga
  • 14 Maurice Deville
  • 19 Aldin Skenderovic
  • 20 Mathias Olesen
  • 21 Sébastien Thill
  • 22 Michael Qudus Omosanya

Coach

Luc Holtz

Republic of Ireland

1 Bazunu (G) 2 Coleman (C) 4 Duffy 5 Egan 6 Cullen 7 Robinson 9 Idah 10 Doherty 11 McClean 13 Hendrick 20 Ogbene

Coach

Stephen Kenny

Officials

  • Referee Tamás Bognár
  • Assistant Referees Balázs Buzás
  • UEFA Delegate Diana Andersen
  • Assistant Referee Two Péter Kóbor
  • Fourth Official Balázs Berke
  • Video Assistant Referee Katalin Kulcsár
  • Referee Observer Zoran Petrović
  • Assistant Video Assistant Referee István Vad

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • 1" The match is under way.
  • 1" Laurent Jans (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Chiedozie Ogbene (Republic of Ireland).
  • 1" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 1" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Gerson Rodrigues (Luxembourg).
  • 2" Maxime Chanot (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 6" Vahid Selimovic (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Chiedozie Ogbene (Republic of Ireland).
  • 6" Vahid Selimovic (Luxembourg) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 7" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 8" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 8" Ralph Schon (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 9" Ralph Schon (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 9" Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 12" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Gerson Rodrigues (Luxembourg).
  • 13" Danel Sinani (Luxembourg) has a shot blocked.
  • 13" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 17" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 18" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 18" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Leandro Barreiro (Luxembourg).
  • 19" Ralph Schon (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 19" Christopher Martins Pereira (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 19" Christopher Martins Pereira (Luxembourg) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 20" Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 20" Leandro Barreiro (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 21" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 21" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 22" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Yvandro Borges Sanches (Luxembourg).
  • 22" Christopher Martins Pereira (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 22" Olivier Thill (Luxembourg) has an effort on goal.
  • 23" Olivier Thill (Luxembourg) takes the corner.
  • 24" Yvandro Borges Sanches (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland).
  • 25" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 28" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Danel Sinani (Luxembourg).
  • 29" Maxime Chanot (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 31" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 31" Danel Sinani (Luxembourg) has a shot blocked.
  • 33" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 33" Michael Pinto (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 33" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 33" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 36" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 36" Leandro Barreiro (Luxembourg) has a shot blocked.
  • 37" Olivier Thill (Luxembourg) misses the target.
  • 39" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 39" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Gerson Rodrigues (Luxembourg).
  • 40" Maxime Chanot (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 40" Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 40" Christopher Martins Pereira (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 40" Ralph Schon (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 40" Chiedozie Ogbene (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 40" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 45" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 45" Ralph Schon (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 45" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • 46" The second half begins.
  • 47" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Christopher Martins Pereira (Luxembourg).
  • 47" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 48" Vahid Selimovic (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 48" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 49" Gerson Rodrigues (Luxembourg) has an effort on goal.
  • 49" Gavin Bazunu (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 50" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 51" Yvandro Borges Sanches (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland).
  • 52" Maurice Deville (in) - Yvandro Borges Sanches (out) (@@teamID)
  • 52" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 53" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 54" Maurice Deville (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 55" Gavin Bazunu (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 56" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Maurice Deville (Luxembourg).
  • 56" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 57" Maxime Chanot (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 57" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 58" Olivier Thill (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 59" Olivier Thill (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland).
  • 59" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 61" Danel Sinani (Luxembourg) misses the target.
  • 62" Danel Sinani (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on James McClean (Republic of Ireland).
  • 62" Jason Knight (in) - Adam Idah (out) (@@teamID)
  • 63" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 63" Danel Sinani (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on James McClean (Republic of Ireland).
  • 63" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 64" Laurent Jans (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 64" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 64" Ralph Schon (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 65" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 65" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Leandro Barreiro (Luxembourg).
  • 66" Ralph Schon (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 67" Danel Sinani (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland).
  • 67" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 67" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 67" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) assists.
  • 68" Laurent Jans (Luxembourg) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 70" Maurice Deville (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland).
  • 71" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Maxime Chanot (Luxembourg).
  • 71" Vahid Selimovic (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 72" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Danel Sinani (Luxembourg).
  • 72" Christopher Martins Pereira (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 72" Leandro Barreiro (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on James McClean (Republic of Ireland).
  • 72" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 75" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) assists.
  • 75" Chiedozie Ogbene (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 77" Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 77" Maxime Chanot (Luxembourg) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 77" Ralph Schon (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 78" Ralph Schon (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 78" Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 79" Leandro Barreiro (Luxembourg) has a shot blocked.
  • 79" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 80" Olivier Thill (Luxembourg) takes the corner.
  • 81" Maurice Deville (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 82" Alan Browne (in) - Chiedozie Ogbene (out) (@@teamID)
  • 82" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 83" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 84" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Danel Sinani (Luxembourg).
  • 84" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 84" Maxime Chanot (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 86" Sébastien Thill (in) - Christopher Martins Pereira (out) (@@teamID)
  • 88" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) assists.
  • 88" Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 88" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 90" Troy Parrott (in) - Matt Doherty (out) (@@teamID)
  • 90" Conor Hourihane (in) - Josh Cullen (out) (@@teamID)
  • 90" Andrew Omobamidele (in) - Callum Robinson (out) (@@teamID)
  • 90+2" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Laurent Jans (Luxembourg).
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Luxembourg
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

2 8

Shots on Target

2 7

Shots off Target

2 6

Fouls Committed

14 14
  • Luxembourg

    Republic of Ireland

  • 0Goals3
  • 4Yellow Card(s)4
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 2Shots on Goal7
  • 2Shots Wide6
  • 4Shot(s) Blocked3
  • 8Save(s)5
  • 8Total Shots16
  • 14Fouls Committed14
  • 2Corner(s)8
  • 0Offside(s)2