Poland 0 - 0 Republic of Ireland
Ireland draw with Poland in Poznan
Poland 0 Republic of Ireland 0
Martin O'Neill's unbeaten start to his tenure as Republic of Ireland manager continued in Poznan as Ireland played out a scoreless draw with Poland in what was a highly competitive friendly.
Clear cut chances were few and far between but the game was played at a competitive tempo and gave O'Neill and assistant Roy Keane another excellent opportunity to run their eye over the squad they have inherited.
Over the two games, O'Neill used all the outfield players at his disposal plus two of the three goalkeepers with Rob Elliot the only player not see any action.
O'Neill's starting line-up showed seven changes from the side which beat Latvia 3-0 last Friday at the Aviva Stadium in what was the manager's first game in charge.
David Forde came in for Keiren Westwood in goal while in front of him Stephen Kelly and Sean St Ledger came in for Seamus Coleman and John O'Shea. In midfield Jonathon Walters and Paul Green came in for James McClean and Glenn Whelan while Anthony Stokes and Shane Long replaced
Wesley Hoolahan and Robbie Keane up front.
Walters was handed the captain's armband in the absence of skipper Keane who was ruled out with an Achilles injury.
It took 22 minutes for the game's first real chance and it turned out to be one of the best opportunities of the match. From Ireland's first corner, McGeady's kick was flicked on by Walters and from six yards Kelly's downward header bounced over the crossbar.
Three minutes later Ireland struggled to clear their lines and Sobota's shot was well saved by Forde while Marciniak headed over from a free-kick.
The impressive St Ledger was forced to come off after 32 minutes with an injury and was replaced by John O'Shea who soon found himself receiving a yellow card after he handled the ball when Lewandowski flick the ball over his head.
It was good first half performance from Ireland with Green and McCarthy particularly impressive in midfield but Poland started the second half brightly and Forde made a great save after Blaszczykowski found himself in a one-on-one situation.
In the 59th minute Stephen Ward had a shot which was saved by Szczesny and Long had two efforts which failed to trouble the Polish goalkeeper.
O'Neill introduced Alex Pearce and James McClean for McCarthy and McGeady in the 62nd minute and McClean made an immediate impact when he latched onto a free-kick and drilled a low ball across the face of goal that was inches away from being turned in by Shane Long.
At the other end Jodlowiec had a stunning rising strike in the 67th minute that almost sneaked under the crossbar.
Kevin Doyle was then introduced for Stokes while Wesley Hoolahan came on for Long and Glenn Whelan replaced Marc Wilson as O'Neill used the maximum six substitutes for the second successive game.
The plethora of substitutions from both sides affected the quality of the game as it headed towards full time but Poland had a late chance but Celeban's looping header ended up in the grateful arms of Forde.
Ireland's next game is on March 5 at home to Serbia and before that will be the draw for the Euro 2015 qualifying round in February.
Republic of Ireland: David Forde, Stephen Kelly, Sean St Ledger (John O'Shea 32), Marc Wilson, Stephen Ward; Jonathon Walters (c), James McCarthy (Alex Pearce 62), Paul Green, Aiden McGeady (James McClean 62); Anthony Stokes (Kevin Doyle 68), Shane Long (Hoolahan 73).
Poland: Szczesny, Celeban, Szukala, Kowalcyzk (Robaak 89), Marciniak, Cwielong (Olkowski 81), Pazdan, Maczynski (Jodlowiec 60), Sobota (Bryski 81), Blaszczykowski, Lewandowski (Teodorcyzk 60).
Ireland to play Poland in Poznan on November 19
- 12 Wojciech Szczęsny (G)
- 19 Piotr Celeban
- 4 Łukasz Szukała
- 26 Marcin Kowalczyk
- 17 Adam Marciniak
- 24 Michał Pazdan
- 11 Krzysztof Mączyński
- 7 Piotr Ćwielong
- 5 Waldemar Sobota
- 16 Jakub Błaszczykowski (C)
- 9 Robert Lewandowski
- 14 Paweł Olkowski
- 20 Marcin Robak
- 2 Tomasz Brzyski
- 23 Łukasz Teodorczyk
- 6 Tomasz Jodłowiec
- 1 Artur Boruc (G)
- 3 Artur Jędrzejczyk
- 8 Grzegorz Krychowiak
- 10 David Nowak
- 13 Tomasz Hołota
- 15 Rafal Kosznik
- 18 Adrian Mierzejewski
- 22 Przemysław Tytoń (G)
Republic of Ireland
Minute by Minute Commentary
- 32" John O'Shea (in) - Sean St Ledger (out) (Republic of Ireland)
- 36" John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
- 59" Łukasz Teodorczyk (in) - Robert Lewandowski (out) (Poland)
- 59" Tomasz Jodłowiec (in) - Krzysztof Mączyński (out) (Poland)
- 63" James McClean (in) - Aiden McGeady (out) (Republic of Ireland)
- 63" Alex Pearce (in) - James McCarthy (out) (Republic of Ireland)
- 65" Michał Pazdan (Poland) is shown a yellow card.
- 68" Kevin Doyle (in) - Anthony Stokes (out) (Republic of Ireland)
- 73" Wes Hoolahan (in) - Shane Long (out) (Republic of Ireland)
- 76" Glenn Whelan (in) - Marc Wilson (out) (Republic of Ireland)
- 81" Paweł Olkowski (in) - Piotr Ćwielong (out) (Poland)
- 81" Tomasz Brzyski (in) - Waldemar Sobota (out) (Poland)
- 89" Marcin Robak (in) - Jakub Błaszczykowski (out) (Poland)
- Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
- 1Yellow Card(s)1
- 0Red Card(s)0
- 0Shots on Goal0
- 0Shots Wide0
- 0Shot(s) Blocked0
- 0Total Shots0
- 0Fouls Committed0