Republic of Ireland 0 - 0 Wales | 2021 - UEFA Nations League | 2030048

UEFA Nations LeagueGroup Stage | Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
11 October 2020 - 14:00 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 0 - 0 Wales

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Republic of Ireland Wales

REPORT | Ireland 0-0 Wales - Depleted Ireland held

A heavily-depleted Ireland were unfortunate not to seal their first UEFA Nations League victory in the 0-0 draw against Wales.
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11th Oct 2020

Ireland created many of the better opportunities in the contest but failed to find the net at the Aviva Stadium as James McClean saw red late on.

Stephen Kenny was forced into a number of changes ahead of the match with five players ruled out due to a COVID-19 case and injuries to David McGoldrick and James McCarthy.

Jayson Molumby came into the side for his second appearance for the senior side as Shane Long started up front and James McClean also started, his 75th cap for his country.

Robbie Brady also reached a milestone today with his 50th cap for Ireland as the home side were dealt another blow midway through the first-half.

Centre-back Kevin Long suffered a gash to his eye after a clash with Kieffer Moore which saw Cyrus Christie come on and Matt Doherty move to centre-back in the 25th minute.

There were few chances in the first-half as Brady flashed a shot wide of the target from the edge of the area and Christie curled his left-footed effort over in the final action of the first 45 minutes.

The contest improved after the break and Ireland will be frustrated by their inability to make the most of their chances.

The chance of the match came when Enda Stevens picked out Long in acres of space but his header went over the bar in the 55th minute.

Substitute Daryl Horgan could have won the match for Ireland with 10 minutes remaining as McClean's cross found the Wycombe Wanderers man at the back-post.

His header was well blocked and Horgan failed to keep the follow-up down and on target. McClean saw red with six minutes remaining and the game ended goalless with further call-ups necessary ahead of the trip to Finland for the UEFA Nations League match on Wednesday.

"It's been tough on the players over the past few days. We got back at 6am after the 120 minutes against Slovakia and then losing five players on the day of the game, it wasn't easy," said Ireland boss Stephen Kenny. 

"The team changes were a lot for the players to take in at late notice so they showed what they're made of and their character by going out, and putting a good performance against Wales. Huge credit to the players for the way they responded."

Republic of Ireland: Darren Randolph (GK), Matt Doherty, Shane Duffy (C), Kevin Long (Cyrus Christie 25), Enda Stevens, Conor Hourihane, Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady (Daryl Horgan 73), Jayson Molumby (Josh Cullen 89), James McClean, Shane Long (Sean Maguire 73)

Wales: Wayne Hennessy; Connor Roberts, Joe Rodon, Ethan Ampadu, Ben Davies, Joe Worrell, Matthew Smith (Dylan Levitt 66), Daniel James (David Brooks 76), Aaron Ramsey, Harry Wilson (Neco Williams 66), Kieffer Moore

Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)

Three Man of the Match: Jayson Molumby

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

23 Randolph (G) 2 Doherty 3 Stevens 4 Duffy (C) 6 Hourihane 9 S. Long 10 Brady 11 McClean 13 Hendrick 14 K. Long 22 Molumby

Wales

1 Hennessey (G) 4 Davies 6 Rodon 7 Wilson 10 Ramsey (C) 13 Moore 14 C. Roberts 15 Ampadu 16 Morrell 19 Smith 20 James

Substitutes

  • 12 Danny Ward (G)
  • 21 Adam Davies (G)
  • 2 Chris Gunter
  • 3 Neco Williams
  • 5 Benjamin Cabango
  • 8 Jonny Williams
  • 9 Tyler Roberts
  • 11 Rabbi Matondo
  • 17 David Brooks
  • 18 Dylan Levitt
  • 22 Rhys Norrington-Davies
  • 23 Will Vaulks

Officials

  • Referee Tasos Sidiropoulos
  • Assistant Referee Polychronis Kostaras
  • Assistant Referee Lazaros Dimitriadis
  • 4th Referee Anastasios Papapetrou
  • Uefa Delegate Crawford Wilson
  • Referee Observer David Malcolm
  • Martin O'boyle
  • Patrick Whelan

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 7" Joe Morrell (Wales) is penalised for a foul on Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland).
  • 7" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 8" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ethan Ampadu (Wales).
  • 8" Ethan Ampadu (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 9" Daniel James (Wales) is flagged for offside.
  • 9" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 12" Joe Morrell (Wales) fouls.
  • 12" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 13" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Aaron Ramsey (Wales).
  • 13" Aaron Ramsey (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 16" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Harry Wilson (Wales).
  • 18" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 19" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 19" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 20" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 20" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 20" Kieffer Moore (Wales) blocks a shot.
  • 20" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 20" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 20" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 20" Wayne Hennessey (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 21" Kieffer Moore (Wales) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (Republic of Ireland).
  • 21" Kieffer Moore (Wales) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 22" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 23" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Daniel James (Wales).
  • 24" Daniel James (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 25" Cyrus Christie (in) - Kevin Long (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 27" Harry Wilson (Wales) has an effort on goal.
  • 27" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 27" Daniel James (Wales) takes the corner.
  • 27" Kieffer Moore (Wales) misses the target.
  • 30" @@player1 (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 30" Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 31" Harry Wilson (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 31" Harry Wilson (Wales) delivers the corner.
  • 31" Ethan Ampadu (Wales) is penalised for a foul on Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland).
  • 32" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 33" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 35" Aaron Ramsey (Wales) has a shot blocked.
  • 35" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 37" Kieffer Moore (Wales) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).
  • 38" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 40" Aaron Ramsey (Wales) has a shot blocked.
  • 40" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 42" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 43" @@player1 (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 45" Joe Morrell (Wales) fouls.
  • 45" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 45+2" Ethan Ampadu (Wales) is penalised for a foul on Shane Long (Republic of Ireland).
  • 45+3" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on @@player2 (Wales).
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 47" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 47" Ben Davies (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 48" Ben Davies (Wales) misses the target.
  • 53" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Ben Davies (Wales).
  • 54" Aaron Ramsey (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 55" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 56" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 56" Ethan Ampadu (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 61" Joe Morrell (Wales) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland).
  • 61" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 62" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 63" Wayne Hennessey (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 64" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 66" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 67" Dylan Levitt (in) - Matthew Smith (out) (Wales)
  • 67" Neco Williams (in) - Harry Wilson (out) (Wales)
  • 67" Wayne Hennessey (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 72" Aaron Ramsey (Wales) has a shot blocked.
  • 72" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 72" Daniel James (Wales) delivers the corner.
  • 72" @@player1 (Wales) is booked.
  • 74" Seán Maguire (in) - Shane Long (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 74" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Neco Williams (Wales).
  • 74" Daryl Horgan (in) - Robbie Brady (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 75" Ben Davies (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 75" David Brooks (in) - Daniel James (out) (Wales)
  • 77" Daryl Horgan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 78" Daryl Horgan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 79" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Connor Roberts (Wales).
  • 79" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 80" Wayne Hennessey (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 81" Ben Davies (Wales) fouls.
  • 81" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 81" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 81" Wayne Hennessey (Wales) blocks a shot.
  • 83" Dylan Levitt (Wales) is penalised for a foul on James McClean (Republic of Ireland).
  • 84" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 84" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is shown a second yellow card and is dismissed.
  • 84" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 84" Seán Maguire (Republic of Ireland) handles the ball.
  • 84" Joe Morrell (Wales) is booked.
  • 85" Joe Morrell (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 86" David Brooks (Wales) has an attempt on goal.
  • 86" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 88" Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ben Davies (Wales).
  • 89" Josh Cullen (in) - Jayson Molumby (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90" Kieffer Moore (Wales) fouls.
  • 90+1" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+2" Neco Williams (Wales) takes the corner.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Wales

Corners Won

3 4

Shots on Target

1 2

Shots off Target

10 2

Fouls Committed

14 11
  • Republic of Ireland

    Wales

  • 0Goals0
  • 3Yellow Card(s)3
  • 1Red Card(s)0
  • 1Shots on Goal2
  • 10Shots Wide2
  • 1Shot(s) Blocked3
  • 5Save(s)2
  • 12Total Shots7
  • 14Fouls Committed11
  • 3Corner(s)4
  • 2Offside(s)1