Republic of Ireland 0 - 0 Bulgaria | 2021 - UEFA Nations League | 2030117

UEFA Nations LeagueGroup Stage | Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
18 November 2020 - 19:45 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 0 - 0 Bulgaria

Full-time
Republic of Ireland Bulgaria

REPORT | Ireland 0-0 Bulgaria

Ireland finished their UEFA Nations League campaign with a scoreless draw at home to Bulgaria.
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Stephen Kenny’s side saw Ryan Manning make his senior debut, while there were also first competitive starts for Jason Knight and Ronan Curtis.

In the opening period, James Collins came closest for Ireland forcing a save from Martin Lukov, and also heading over the bar. Shane Duffy also came close on the half-hour mark. His header went wide.

While Ireland had the majority of chances, the visitors had chances. Aleksander Tsvetkov took advantage of a defensive mixup, but Kevin Long was on hand to block a shot.

Kenny’s side started the second half the brighter with Collins and Ronan Curtis coming closest. Robbie Brady’s shot from outside the box hit the crossbar with 20-minutes to go, as the home side continued in search of a goal.

Despite numerous chances for both sides near the end, neither could break the deadlock as Bulgaria were relegated to League C.

The draw means Ireland will play in League B in the 2022-23 UEFA Nations League.

Ireland: Darren Randolph; Dara O’Shea, Shane Duffy (capt), Kevin Long, Ryan Manning (Cyrus Christie 86); Jason Knight, Conor Hourihane; Ronan Curtis (Troy Parrott 86), Robbie Brady (Jack Byrne 78), Daryl Horgan (Josh Cullen 67); James Collins (Sean MAguire 86)

Bulgaria: Martin Lukvov; Strahil Popov (capt), Kristian Dimitrov, Georgi Angelov, Cicinho (Aleksandar Vasilev 60); Kristiyan Malinov, Aleksander Tsvetkov; Spas Delev (Svetoslav Kovachev 60), Dimitar Iliev (Denislav Aleksandrov 81), Galin Ivanov (Birsent Karagaren 60); Bozhidar Kraev

 

PREVIEW | Ireland v Bulgaria

Ireland conclude their UEFA Nations League campaign on Wednesday night against Bulgaria, in Aviva Stadium.
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Fixture | Ireland v Bulgaria
Date | Wednesday, November 18
Kick-off | 7.45pm
Location | AVIVA Stadium
TV | Live on Sky Sports. Extended highlights on Virgin Media 2

WHAT THE MANAGER SAID

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny

"Tomorrow's game is very important, and then we focus on the World Cup Qualifiers in March. By then, we'll have a back four that's back of players available like Seamus Coleman, Matt Doherty, John Egan and Enda Stevens. We'll have players like James McCarthy and Hary Arter available and attacking players like Aaron Connolly and Callum Robinson. That's just off the top of my head."

"These players that are getting their opportunity, will supplement the players, and create competition for places... We're building a squad of players."

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

WHAT THE PLAYER SAID

Ireland defender Conor Hourihane

"It hasn't been an easy camp, but everyone that's here will want to make an impression. It's their chance to shine now, and that's what happens in football. Chances come by in strange times. Lads will want to take their chance and prove to the manager what they're about."

"It's such a shame [without fans]. The supporters, the intensity, the energy around stadiums isn't there at the minute. That's just life."

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

TEAM NEWS

Speaking at today's press conference Stephen Kenny said Callum O'Dowda is suffering from "a bit of a dead leg". Kenny added the medical team will keep an eye on the Bristol City player in the coming hours.

Four players have been called into the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of the UEFA Nations League match against Bulgaria. 

Shamrock Rovers duo Graham Burke and Aaron McEneff come into the squad as well as U-21 duo Troy Parrott and Jack Taylor. 

The Millwall forward, who is on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, and the Peterborough United midfielder will now link up with the senior squad. 

Jeff Hendrick has been ruled out of the Bulgaria through suspension due to his red card against Wales. Jayson Molumby has also been suspended as he picked up his second yellow card of the UEFA Nations League campaign. 

Forward Adam Idah has also been ruled out of the Bulgaria match through injury and has returned to his club. 

PROGRAMME

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Republic of Ireland Squad

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Caoimhín Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth)
Defenders: Kevin Long (Burnley), Shane Duffy (Celtic), Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Cyrus Christie (Nottingham Forest), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers), Ryan Manning (Swansea City).
Midfielders: Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers), Jason Knight (Derby County), Josh Cullen (Anderlecht), Aaron McEneff (Shamrock Rovers), Jack Taylor (Peterborough United).
Attackers: James Collins (Luton Town), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers), Sean Maguire (Preston North End), Graham Burke (Shamrock Rovers), Troy Parrott (Millwall, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur). 

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

23 Randolph (G) 3 Manning 4 Duffy (C) 6 Hourihane 8 Horgan 9 Collins 10 Brady 11 Curtis 15 K. Long 17 Knight 20 O'Shea

Bulgaria

1 Lukov (G) 2 S. Popov (C) 3 Angelov 5 Dimitrov 6 Cicinho 9 Delev 10 Kraev 16 Malinov 18 Ivanov 20 Iliev 22 Tsvetkov

Substitutes

  • 23 Ivan Karadzhov (G)
  • 4 Aleksandar Vasilev
  • 7 Dominic Yankov
  • 8 Serkan Yusein
  • 11 Yanis Karabelyov
  • 12 Denislav Aleksandrov
  • 14 Radoslav Terziev
  • 17 Birsent Karagaren
  • 21 Svetoslav Kovachev

Officials

  • Referee Lawrence Visser
  • Assistant Referee Thibaud Nijssen
  • Assistant Referee Rien Vanyzere
  • 4th Referee Bram Van Driessche
  • Uefa Delegate Jan Willem Van Dop
  • Referee Observer Michael Argyrou
  • Martin O'boyle
  • Patrick Whelan

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 1" Bozhidar Kraev (Bulgaria) has a shot blocked.
  • 2" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 2" Galin Ivanov (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland).
  • 2" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 6" Kristian Dimitrov (Bulgaria) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on James Collins (Republic of Ireland).
  • 6" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 8" Kristiyan Malinov (Bulgaria) fouls.
  • 8" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 11" Kevin Long (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Dimitar Iliev (Bulgaria).
  • 11" Kevin Long (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 11" Kristian Dimitrov (Bulgaria) takes the free-kick.
  • 12" Galin Ivanov (Bulgaria) has a shot blocked.
  • 12" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 14" Georgi Angelov (Bulgaria) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on James Collins (Republic of Ireland).
  • 14" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 18" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 19" Cicinho (Bulgaria) fouls.
  • 20" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 21" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Bozhidar Kraev (Bulgaria).
  • 21" Strahil Popov (Bulgaria) takes the free-kick.
  • 21" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Spas Delev (Bulgaria).
  • 21" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 22" Spas Delev (Bulgaria) takes the free-kick.
  • 22" Galin Ivanov (Bulgaria) fouls.
  • 23" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 23" Aleksandar Tsvetkov (Bulgaria) has a shot blocked.
  • 23" Kevin Long (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 26" Bozhidar Kraev (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland).
  • 26" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 27" Dimitar Iliev (Bulgaria) has an effort on goal.
  • 27" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 28" Cicinho (Bulgaria) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland).
  • 29" Cicinho (Bulgaria) is booked.
  • 29" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 29" Cicinho (Bulgaria) fouls.
  • 30" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 31" Kristiyan Malinov (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland).
  • 32" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 32" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 34" Galin Ivanov (Bulgaria) has a shot blocked.
  • 34" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 35" Spas Delev (Bulgaria) delivers the corner.
  • 35" Spas Delev (Bulgaria) takes the corner.
  • 35" Kristian Dimitrov (Bulgaria) misses the target.
  • 36" Kristiyan Malinov (Bulgaria) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland).
  • 36" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 37" Georgi Angelov (Bulgaria) fouls.
  • 37" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 37" Martin Lukov (Bulgaria) blocks a shot.
  • 39" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 43" Cicinho (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland).
  • 44" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 45" Galin Ivanov (Bulgaria) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland).
  • 45" Galin Ivanov (Bulgaria) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 45" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 47" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 47" Georgi Angelov (Bulgaria) takes the free-kick.
  • 47" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) handles the ball.
  • 47" Kristian Dimitrov (Bulgaria) takes the free-kick.
  • 48" Aleksandar Tsvetkov (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland).
  • 48" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 50" Bozhidar Kraev (Bulgaria) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 50" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 54" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 55" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 57" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 57" Galin Ivanov (Bulgaria) is flagged for offside.
  • 57" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 59" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Galin Ivanov (Bulgaria).
  • 59" Georgi Angelov (Bulgaria) takes the free-kick.
  • 60" Bozhidar Kraev (Bulgaria) misses the target.
  • 60" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Aleksandar Tsvetkov (Bulgaria).
  • 60" Aleksandar Vasilev (in) - Cicinho (out) (Bulgaria)
  • 60" Birsent Karagaren (in) - Galin Ivanov (out) (Bulgaria)
  • 60" Svetoslav Kovachev (in) - Spas Delev (out) (Bulgaria)
  • 61" Kristiyan Malinov (Bulgaria) takes the free-kick.
  • 65" Aleksandar Tsvetkov (Bulgaria) fouls.
  • 65" Kevin Long (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 66" Aleksandar Tsvetkov (Bulgaria) has a shot blocked.
  • 66" Kevin Long (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 66" Birsent Karagaren (Bulgaria) delivers the corner.
  • 66" Kristian Dimitrov (Bulgaria) has a shot blocked.
  • 66" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 67" Svetoslav Kovachev (Bulgaria) takes the corner.
  • 67" Bozhidar Kraev (Bulgaria) misses the target.
  • 67" Josh Cullen (in) - Daryl Horgan (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 68" Bozhidar Kraev (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland).
  • 68" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 68" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 70" Kristiyan Malinov (Bulgaria) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland).
  • 70" Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 72" Kristiyan Malinov (Bulgaria) fouls.
  • 72" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 73" Dimitar Iliev (Bulgaria) has a shot blocked.
  • 73" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 73" Birsent Karagaren (Bulgaria) delivers the corner.
  • 74" Svetoslav Kovachev (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland).
  • 74" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 75" Georgi Angelov (Bulgaria) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on James Collins (Republic of Ireland).
  • 75" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 76" Birsent Karagaren (Bulgaria) fouls.
  • 76" Kevin Long (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 77" Aleksandar Tsvetkov (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland).
  • 77" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 79" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Georgi Angelov (Bulgaria).
  • 79" Aleksandar Tsvetkov (Bulgaria) takes the free-kick.
  • 79" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 79" Aleksandar Tsvetkov (Bulgaria) takes the free-kick.
  • 79" Bozhidar Kraev (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland).
  • 79" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 79" Jack Byrne (in) - Robbie Brady (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 80" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 81" Denislav Aleksandrov (in) - Dimitar Iliev (out) (Bulgaria)
  • 85" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 86" Kristian Dimitrov (Bulgaria) takes the free-kick.
  • 86" Cyrus Christie (in) - Ryan Manning (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 86" Troy Parrott (in) - Ronan Curtis (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 86" Seán Maguire (in) - James Collins (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 88" Jack Byrne (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 88" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 90+1" Jack Byrne (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 90+3" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 90+3" Martin Lukov (Bulgaria) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+4" Kristiyan Malinov (Bulgaria) delivers the corner.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Bulgaria

Corners Won

4 6

Shots on Target

0 1

Shots off Target

7 3

Fouls Committed

10 25
  • Republic of Ireland

    Bulgaria

  • 0Goals0
  • 2Yellow Card(s)2
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 0Shots on Goal1
  • 7Shots Wide3
  • 0Shot(s) Blocked7
  • 8Save(s)1
  • 7Total Shots11
  • 10Fouls Committed25
  • 4Corner(s)6
  • 2Offside(s)1