Wales 1 - 0 Republic of Ireland | 2021 - UEFA Nations League | 2030088

UEFA Nations LeagueGroup Stage | Cardiff City Stadium, Wales
15 November 2020 - 17:00 (local time)

Wales 1 - 0 Republic of Ireland

Brooks(67) Full-time
Wales Republic of Ireland

REPORT | Wales 1-0 Ireland

Wales defeated Ireland 1-0 in Sunday’s UEFA Nations League match, courtesy of a second half David Brooks goal.
15th Nov 2020

Stephen Kenny made five changes to the side that lost to England earlier this week. James McClean, Kevin Long, Dara O'Shea, Jayson Molumby and Robbie Brady all came into the team for the Cardiff encounter.

The visitors started the brighter, and could have opened the scoring in the opening minutes through Shane Duffy. Robbie Brady’s effort midway through the opening period shaved the top of the crossbar, but it was James McClean who forced Danny Ward into the only save of the first half.

Wales saw opportunities come few and far between in the opening 45-minutes. Captain Gareth Bale’s freekick was the closest to troubling Darren Randolph.

Ireland dominated the opening period of the second half, with Adam Idah, Duffy and Matt Doherty all having chances, but were unable to find the back of the net.

The home side’s goal came against the run of play. David Brooks got on the end of a Bale header, to score from close range in the 67th minute. Brooks could have doubled the lead ten minutes later, as the home side counter-attacked from an Ireland corner. His shot was brilliantly saved by Randolph.

Both sides had opportunities in the final minutes, with Jeff Hendrick seeing red in added time, after a last-ditch tackle on a counter-attacking Tyler Roberts.

Wales: Danny Ward; Neco Williams, Chris Mepham, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies; Ethan Ampadu, Joe Morrell, Rhys Norrington-Davies (Kieffer Moore 62); Gareth Bale (capt), David Brooks (Tyler Roberts 88), Daniel James

Ireland: Darren Randolph; Matt Doherty, Shane Duffy (capt), Kevin Long, Dara O’Shea (Callum O’Dowda 81); Robbie Brady (Jack Byrne 81), Jayson Molumby (Conor Hourihane 75), Jeff Hendrick; Daryl Horgan (Jason Knight 59), Adam Idah (James Collins 75), James McClean

Referee: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)

 

Match Preview | Wales v Ireland

Ireland play Wales in the UEFA Nations League. The clash which takes place in the Cardiff City Stadium takes place a month after the sides drew 0-0 in Aviva Stadium.
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14th Nov 2020

Fixture | Wales v Ireland
Date | Sunday, November 15
Kick-off | 5pm
Location | Cardiff City Stadium  
TV | Live on Sky Sports. Extended highlights on Virgin Media 2

WHAT THE MANAGER SAID

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny

"There is nothing wrong with the mentality of the players in the Irish squad. That's for sure. We have a lot of key players missing, but the players we have called up have all dreamed of playing for Ireland growing up. To represent Ireland is the ultimate ambition. We have 25 players in the squad now - all good players, and we're ready to play Wales."

"Everyone that is here has a massive desire to play for their country. The players give everything of themselves."

Watch the full press conference on FAI TV here...

WHAT THE PLAYER SAID

Ireland defender Dara O'Shea

"If I do get a chance I need to take it. In football, opportunites dont come by too often, so when it arises I need to be ready."

"As a player I want to play against the best players in the world, because I want to be the best I can. When you the names on the teamsheet and there are World class players, it's something I look forward to. I see it as a challenge for myself to come out on top."

Watch the full press conference on FAI TV here...

TEAM NEWS

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has called in four players to the squad to face Wales. 

Midfield duo Jason Knight and Josh Cullen have linked up with the squad as well as defenders Darragh Lenihan and Ciaran Clark ahead of the game.

Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne and Swansea City's Ryan Manning have also linked up with the squad ahead of training at the Cardiff City Stadium later this evening. 

Seamus Coleman, John Egan and Harry Arter have returned to their clubs.

TRAINING

The Ireland squad trained at Cardiff City Stadium ahead of their match with Wales.  Watch the Inside Training from Cardiff City Stadium on FAI TV here. 

Republic of Ireland Squad

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Caoimhín Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth)

Defenders: Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Kevin Long (Burnley), Shane Duffy (Celtic), Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Cyrus Christie (Nottingham Forest), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Midfielders: Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Jayson Molumby (Brighton and Hove Albion), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers), Ryan Manning (Swansea City), Jason Knight (Derby County), Josh Cullen (Anderlecht).

Attackers: James McClean (Stoke City), Adam Idah (Norwich City), James Collins (Luton Town), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers), Sean Maguire (Preston North End).

Tactical Lineups

Wales

1 Ward (G) 3 N. Williams 4 Davies 6 Rodon 7 Brooks 11 Bale (C) 15 Ampadu 16 Morrell 17 Norrington-Davies 20 James 23 Mepham

Substitutes

  • 12 Tom King (G)
  • 21 Owain Fôn Williams (G)
  • 2 Chris Gunter
  • 5 Tom Lockyer
  • 8 Joshua Sheehan
  • 9 Tyler Roberts
  • 10 Rabbi Matondo
  • 13 Kieffer Moore
  • 14 Connor Roberts
  • 18 James Lawrence
  • 19 Matthew Smith
  • 22 Brennan Johnson

Republic of Ireland

23 Randolph (G) 2 Doherty 4 Duffy (C) 8 Horgan 9 Idah 10 Brady 11 McClean 13 Hendrick 15 K. Long 20 O'Shea 22 Molumby

Officials

  • Referee Petr Ardeleanu
  • Assistant Referee Ivo Nadvornik
  • Assistant Referee Petr Caletka
  • 4th Referee Karel Hrubes
  • Uefa Delegate Andrew Shaw
  • Referee Observer Terje Hauge
  • Charles Taylor
  • Mark Pitman
  • Matthew Johnson

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 2" Joe Rodon (Wales) is penalised for a foul on James McClean (Republic of Ireland).
  • 2" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 2" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 3" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Daniel James (Wales).
  • 3" Chris Mepham (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 5" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 5" Gareth Bale (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 7" Joe Morrell (Wales) is penalised for a foul on Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland).
  • 7" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 10" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 10" Chris Mepham (Wales) blocks a shot.
  • 11" Daniel James (Wales) is flagged for offside.
  • 12" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 14" Daniel James (Wales) takes the corner.
  • 14" Joe Rodon (Wales) misses the target.
  • 15" Joe Rodon (Wales) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland).
  • 15" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 17" Daniel James (Wales) fouls.
  • 17" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 18" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 19" David Brooks (Wales) has a shot blocked.
  • 19" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 21" Daryl Horgan (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 23" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Joe Morrell (Wales).
  • 24" Gareth Bale (Wales) delivers the free-kick wide.
  • 25" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Neco Williams (Wales).
  • 26" Neco Williams (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 30" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 30" Danny Ward (Wales) blocks a shot.
  • 31" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 31" Joe Rodon (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 38" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 38" Joe Morrell (Wales) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 38" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 39" Neco Williams (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 42" Daniel James (Wales) has a shot blocked.
  • 42" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 44" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 48" Ben Davies (Wales) has a shot blocked.
  • 48" @@player1 (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 48" Gareth Bale (Wales) has an attempt on goal.
  • 48" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 49" Ethan Ampadu (Wales) is penalised for a foul on Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland).
  • 49" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 49" Ben Davies (Wales) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland).
  • 50" Ben Davies (Wales) is booked.
  • 50" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 54" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 55" Gareth Bale (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 55" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Chris Mepham (Wales).
  • 55" Neco Williams (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 55" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Rhys Norrington-Davies (Wales).
  • 56" Ethan Ampadu (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 57" Rhys Norrington-Davies (Wales) fouls.
  • 58" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 59" Jason Knight (in) - Daryl Horgan (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 60" Chris Mepham (Wales) is penalised for a foul on James McClean (Republic of Ireland).
  • 60" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 61" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 61" Chris Mepham (Wales) blocks a shot.
  • 62" Kieffer Moore (in) - Rhys Norrington-Davies (out) (Wales)
  • 62" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 62" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 65" Kieffer Moore (Wales) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 66" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 66" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on David Brooks (Wales).
  • 66" David Brooks (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 67" David Brooks (Wales) scores!
  • 68" Chris Mepham (Wales) fouls.
  • 68" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 75" David Brooks (Wales) is penalised for a foul on Kevin Long (Republic of Ireland).
  • 76" James Collins (in) - Adam Idah (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 76" Conor Hourihane (in) - Jayson Molumby (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 76" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 76" Danny Ward (Wales) blocks a shot.
  • 77" Neco Williams (Wales) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on James Collins (Republic of Ireland).
  • 78" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 78" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 78" David Brooks (Wales) has an effort on goal.
  • 78" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 79" David Brooks (Wales) delivers the corner.
  • 80" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 80" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 80" Neco Williams (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 81" Gareth Bale (Wales) misses the target.
  • 81" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) is booked.
  • 81" Callum O'Dowda (in) - Dara O'Shea (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 82" Jack Byrne (in) - Robbie Brady (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 82" Kieffer Moore (Wales) is penalised for a foul on Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 82" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 84" Jack Byrne (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 84" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Chris Mepham (Wales).
  • 84" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 86" Danny Ward (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 87" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 87" Danny Ward (Wales) blocks a shot.
  • 88" Tyler Roberts (in) - David Brooks (out) (Wales)
  • 89" Daniel James (Wales) fouls.
  • 89" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 89" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 89" Danny Ward (Wales) blocks a shot.
  • 90" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Ethan Ampadu (Wales).
  • 90" Ben Davies (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • 90" Tyler Roberts (Wales) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Kevin Long (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+1" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+1" Kieffer Moore (Wales) has an attempt on goal.
  • 90+1" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 90+3" Jack Byrne (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 90+4" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 90+4" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) is dismissed.
  • 90+4" Joe Morrell (Wales) takes the free-kick.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Wales
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

2 4

Shots on Target

4 4

Shots off Target

3 5

Fouls Committed

15 13
  • Wales

    Republic of Ireland

  • 1Goals0
  • 3Yellow Card(s)4
  • 0Red Card(s)1
  • 4Shots on Goal4
  • 3Shots Wide5
  • 3Shot(s) Blocked2
  • 6Save(s)6
  • 10Total Shots11
  • 15Fouls Committed13
  • 2Corner(s)4
  • 1Offside(s)1