Republic of Ireland 3 - 1 Uruguay | 2017 - Senior Friendly | 999943125

Senior Men Friendlies | Aviva Stadium
Sunday, June 4, 2017

Republic of Ireland 3 - 1 Uruguay

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REPORT: Ireland 3-1 Uruguay - Boost ahead of Austria

The Republic of Ireland recorded an impressive 3-1 victory in the Three international friendly against Uruguay ahead of Sunday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Austria.
4th Jun 2017

Goals from Jonathan Walters, Cyrus Christie and substitute James McClean sealed the victory at the Aviva Stadium despite Jose Gimenez’s first-half equaliser.

Martin O’Neill made eight changes from the 3-1 defeat against Mexico in New Jersey as Burnley defender Kevin Long made his first start for Ireland.

Ireland dominated much of the occasion with opponents Uruguay hit with an injury blow in the 11th minute as PSG striker Edinson Cavani went off injured.

A minute later, Brighton and Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy went close as a one-two from a right-sided corner saw Robbie Brady cross towards the back-post but Duffy couldn’t make contact.

Just before the half-hour, Ireland took the lead and in some style. Surrounded by three players, captain Walters turned 20-yards out and curled the ball over the keeper into the top right-hand corner.

Uruguay almost hit back shortly afterwards as Martin Caceres rose highest to head a right-sided corner against the bar with goalkeeper Darren Randolph beaten in the 33rd minute.

Randolph was beaten four minutes later. Carlos Sanchez swung a 40-yard free-kick towards the penalty spot and as Randolph ran out to punch, Gimenez beat him to the ball as it looped into the net off his shoulder to level the tie.

However, Ireland should have been ahead at the break. A fantastic move saw Cyrus Christie find the on-rushing Brady at the back-post with a diagonal ball and he played it across for Walters who somehow hit the bar from three yards out.

Five minutes after the break, Ireland did get the second goal their play deserved. The impressive Christie received the ball on the right and despite having two defenders in front of him, he turned inside and from the edge of the area, he found the bottom corner with a left-footed finish.

Ireland sealed the win with 14 minutes remaining and in some style. On the pitch for just four minutes after coming on for Jeff Hendrick, McClean ran onto Daryl Murphy’s through-ball and after beating Gimenez to the ball, the Derry man smashed the ball home into the bottom right-hand corner.

Republic of Ireland: Darren Randolph (Keiren Westwood ’46), Cyrus Christie, Glenn Whelan (Wes Hoolahan ’46), Robbie Brady, Jeff  Hendrick (James McClean ’72), Stephen Ward, Kevin Long, Jonathan Walters (Daryl Murphy ’59), Shane Duffy (Alex Pearce ’59), Harry Arter, Jonny Hayes (Aiden McGeady ’59).

Uruguay: Esteban Conde, Jose Gimenez, Carlos Sanchez, Diego Laxalt, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Matias Vecino, Maximiliano Pereira (Federico Ricca ’61), Egidio Arevalo Rios, Sebastian Coates, Edinson Cavani (Cristhian Stuani ’11), Martin Caceres.

Referee: Craig Thompson (Scotland).

MNT: Ireland v Uruguay Match-Day Information

The Republic of Ireland have no injury concerns ahead of the Three International Friendly against Uruguay at Aviva Stadium on Sunday, June 4.
3rd Jun 2017

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Safety & Security
Supporters travelling to Aviva Stadium are advised to arrive at least one hour ahead of kick-off to get through security and they are reminded of new security measures:

- Aviva Stadium Management are introducing a “No Bag Policy” to all events in the stadium

- It is important that supporters do not bring any bags or rucksacks to the game

- Searching procedures will be in place at all entry points and because of this it is advisable all supporters arrive a little earlier than normal

- Extra Safety & Security measures will be in place at this fixture

Match Programme
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Live Coverage
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Republic of Ireland squad
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph, Keiren Westwood, Colin Doyle
Defenders: Cyrus Christie, Alex Pearce, Richard Keogh, Shane Duffy, John O'Shea, Kevin Long, Andy Boyle, John Egan, Stephen Ward
Midfielders: Aiden McGeady, Eunan O'Kane, Glenn Whelan, Harry Arter, Conor Hourihane, Alan Browne, Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Daryl Horgan, Wes Hoolahan, Callum O'Dowda, James McClean, Jonny Hayes
Forwards: Jonathan Walters, Daryl Murphy, David McGoldrick

International Friendly Match
Republic of Ireland v Uruguay
Aviva Stadium, KO 18:00
Referee: Craig Thompson (Scotland)