Slovakia 0 - 0 Republic of Ireland | 2020 - UEFA European Qualifiers | 2028567

European Qualifiers Play-Off Semi-Final | TBC, Slovakia
08 October 2020 - 19:45 (20:45 local time)

Slovakia 0(4) - (2)0 Republic of Ireland

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Slovakia Republic of Ireland

Ireland suffer penalty heartache in Slovakia

The Republic of Ireland’s UEFA EURO 2020 dream is over following a 4-2 penalty shootout defeat to Slovakia in the Play-Off Semi-Final.
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8th Oct 2020

Marek Rodák was the hero for the hosts in Bratislava saving from Alan Browne's spot kick. With Ireland needing to score to make it 4-3 in the shootout Matt Doherty saw his penalty strike the crossbar to send Slovakia through.

It was a cruel result for Stephen Kenny’s side who were full of attacking enterprise and high tempo but were unable to get the goal their display deserved.

With so much riding on the game, the opening 20 minutes was as an edgy affair. Ireland’s patient play kept the hosts penned in their own half for a sustained period but found they found it tough to breakdown the Slovakian defensive line.

The first real clear-cut chance came in the 36th minute. A cross field ball from Doherty fell to Conor Hourihane in the area. The Aston Villa man played it to James McClean to fire towards goal and as it looked to be heading towards Callum Robinson for a tap-in, Martin Valjent got it clear to keep Ireland at bay.

Slovakia had a great chance to take the lead on the stroke of half-time. The hosts counter-attacked from an Ireland corner and while the Irish defence were able to slow the breakaway for a moment, Ondrej Duda curled an effort to the far corner forcing a fine save from Darren Randolph to tip around the post. From the resulting corner Duda found room for an overhead but it was off-target.

Ireland had a huge chance in the 70th minute. Enda Stevens advanced into space and found Browne in the 18-yard-box, he steadied himself and fired off a shot but Rodák was able to match his effort and palm it away. 

Slovakia were still looking dangerous and a few minutes later Shane Duffy produced a goal-saving clearance to deny them a lead. Substitute Lukáš Haraslín was left in space in the area, he composed himself and while his shot went beyond Randolph the captain was on the line to clear away.

In the 85th minute there was another glorious chance for Ireland. David McGoldrick weaved his way through the Slovakian defence. He laid it off to Robinson who fed it to Browne who quickly shifted it to Hourihane, just yards out from goal, but the midfielder’s attempt was cleared off the line. It would be the final chance of the 90 minutes.

Towards the end of the first half of extra time, Browne was involved again this time hitting the post. Callum O’Dowda found space on the left and turned it to Browne whose flicked effort bounced off the foot of the upright

The second half of extra time was uneventful but for Robbie Brady’s free-kick striking the side netting and it ultimately came down to penalties.

Hourihane and Brady were successful from the spot for Ireland but the crucial moment came when Rodák saved from Browne.

Ján Greguš scored to leave it to Doherty to keep Ireland in the contest but the Tottenham Hotspur defender saw his penalty come off the crossbar and Slovakia were through.

Speaking after the game Ireland manager Stephen Kenny said: “They really showed great qualities as men. 

"They showed a tremendous team ethic. As the game progressed I felt we were in ascendancy and looked like we really wanted to win it. 

“We had good chances but couldn’t get the goal to win it. The players gave everything of themselves. The determination to try and get to the final was evident. It’s a cruel way to lose on penalty kicks. I can’t ask more of the players.

"This group of players gave everything for their country."

Slovakia: Rodák (GK); Pekarík, Vavro (Gyömber, 112), Valjent, Mazáň; Kucka (Greguš, 85), Hrošovský, Hamšík (C); Rusnák (Mak, 85) Duda (Boženík, 107), Mihalík (Haraslín, 73).
Unused substitutes: Kuciak (GK), Greif (GK), Boženík, Schranz, Pauschek, Bero, Koscelník.

Republic of Ireland: Randolph; Doherty, Duffy, Egan, Stevens; Hendrick, McCarthy (Browne, 60), Hourihane; Robinson (O’Dowda, 100), McGoldrick (Long, 112), McClean (Brady, 60).
Unused substitutes: Travers (GK), Kelleher (GK), Williams, Christie, Byrne, Molumby.

Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)

Tactical Lineups

Slovakia

1 Rodák (G) 2 Pekarík 3 Vavro 4 Valjent 8 Duda 10 Rusnák 11 Mihalík 13 Hrošovský 16 Mazan 17 Hamšík (C) 19 Kucka

Substitutes

  • 12 Martin Kuciak (G)
  • 23 Dominik Greif (G)
  • 5 Norbert Gyömber
  • 6 Ján Greguš
  • 7 Lukáš Haraslín
  • 9 Róbert Boženík
  • 14 Ivan Schranz
  • 15 Lukáš Pauschek
  • 20 Róbert Mak
  • 21 Matúš Bero
  • 22 Martin Koscelník

Coach

Pavel Hapal

Republic of Ireland

23 Randolph (G) 2 Doherty 3 Stevens 4 Duffy (C) 5 Egan 6 Hourihane 8 McCarthy 9 McGoldrick 11 McClean 12 Robinson 13 Hendrick

Coach

Stephen Kenny

Officials

  • Referee Clément Turpin
  • Assistant Referees Nicolas Danos
  • UEFA Delegate Georges Lüchinger
  • Assistant Referee Two Cyril Gringore
  • Fourth Official Frank Schneider
  • Video Assistant Referee François Letexier
  • Assistant Video Assistant Referee Jérôme Brisard

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • 1" The match is under way.
  • 1" Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 2" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 7" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Juraj Kucka (Slovakia).
  • 7" Denis Vavro (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 8" Patrik Hrošovský (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).
  • 8" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 8" James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Ondrej Duda (Slovakia).
  • 9" Martin Valjent (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 11" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jaroslav Mihalík (Slovakia).
  • 12" Albert Rusnák (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 13" Peter Pekarík (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland).
  • 13" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 14" James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 14" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jaroslav Mihalík (Slovakia).
  • 15" Marek Rodák (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 15" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 15" Denis Vavro (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 20" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jaroslav Mihalík (Slovakia).
  • 20" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 20" Marek Hamšík (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 21" Ondrej Duda (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 21" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 27" Peter Pekarík (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on James McClean (Republic of Ireland).
  • 28" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 29" Jaroslav Mihalík (Slovakia) is flagged for offside.
  • 29" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 30" David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 35" Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 35" Patrik Hrošovský (Slovakia) blocks a shot.
  • 37" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 39" Patrik Hrošovský (Slovakia) has a shot blocked.
  • 39" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 41" Juraj Kucka (Slovakia) misses the target.
  • 42" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jaroslav Mihalík (Slovakia).
  • 42" Marek Hamšík (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 45" David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 45" Martin Valjent (Slovakia) blocks a shot.
  • 45+1" James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 45+1" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 45+1" Ondrej Duda (Slovakia) has an effort on goal.
  • 45+2" Albert Rusnák (Slovakia) takes the corner.
  • 45+2" Ondrej Duda (Slovakia) misses the target.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • 46" The second half begins.
  • 48" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Marek Hamšík (Slovakia).
  • 48" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 48" Marek Hamšík (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 50" Albert Rusnák (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland).
  • 51" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 51" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 51" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Marek Rodák (Slovakia).
  • 52" Marek Rodák (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 54" Albert Rusnák (Slovakia) takes the corner.
  • 55" Marek Hamšík (Slovakia) takes the corner.
  • 56" Marek Hamšík (Slovakia) takes the corner.
  • 57" Marek Hamšík (Slovakia) takes the corner.
  • 60" David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 60" Robbie Brady (in) - James McClean (out) (@@teamID)
  • 61" Alan Browne (in) - James McCarthy (out) (@@teamID)
  • 61" Jaroslav Mihalík (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland).
  • 61" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 62" Juraj Kucka (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 62" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 63" Albert Rusnák (Slovakia) misses the target.
  • 64" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Robert Mazan (Slovakia).
  • 64" Martin Valjent (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 65" Patrik Hrošovský (Slovakia) misses the target.
  • 68" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Ondrej Duda (Slovakia).
  • 69" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 69" Marek Hamšík (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 70" Marek Rodák (Slovakia) blocks a shot.
  • 70" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 71" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 71" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Juraj Kucka (Slovakia).
  • 72" Marek Rodák (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 73" Lukáš Haraslín (in) - Jaroslav Mihalík (out) (@@teamID)
  • 75" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 75" Lukáš Haraslín (Slovakia) has a shot blocked.
  • 76" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Lukáš Haraslín (Slovakia).
  • 77" Ondrej Duda (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).
  • 79" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Juraj Kucka (Slovakia).
  • 79" Juraj Kucka (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 81" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Denis Vavro (Slovakia).
  • 82" Denis Vavro (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 82" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Ondrej Duda (Slovakia).
  • 82" Marek Hamšík (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 85" Juraj Kucka (Slovakia) blocks a shot.
  • 85" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 86" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Marek Hamšík (Slovakia).
  • 86" Ján Greguš (in) - Juraj Kucka (out) (@@teamID)
  • 86" Róbert Mak (in) - Albert Rusnák (out) (@@teamID)
  • 89" Denis Vavro (Slovakia) misses the target.
  • 90" Peter Pekarík (Slovakia) has a shot blocked.
  • 90" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 90+2" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 90+2" Ondrej Duda (Slovakia) has an effort on goal.
  • 90+2" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 90+3" Ondrej Duda (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+4" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • The final whistle is blown.
  • 91" The first period of extra time begins.
  • 91" Marek Rodák (Slovakia) blocks a shot.
  • 91" David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 92" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 92" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 92" Denis Vavro (Slovakia) blocks a shot.
  • 92" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Patrik Hrošovský (Slovakia).
  • 92" Marek Rodák (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 94" Ján Greguš (Slovakia) has a shot blocked.
  • 94" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 94" Lukáš Haraslín (Slovakia) misses the target.
  • 94" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Lukáš Haraslín (Slovakia).
  • 95" Ján Greguš (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 95" Ondrej Duda (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).
  • 95" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 99" Callum O'Dowda (in) - Callum Robinson (out) (@@teamID)
  • 100" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Lukáš Haraslín (Slovakia).
  • 101" Marek Hamšík (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 101" Ondrej Duda (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland).
  • 101" Ondrej Duda (Slovakia) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 102" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 103" Robert Mazan (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland).
  • 104" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 105" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 105+1" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Marek Rodák (Slovakia).
  • 105+1" Marek Rodák (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • The referee brings the first period of extra time to an end.
  • 106" The second period of extra time begins.
  • 107" Róbert Boženík (in) - Ondrej Duda (out) (@@teamID)
  • 112" Norbert Gyömber (in) - Denis Vavro (out) (@@teamID)
  • 112" Shane Long (in) - David McGoldrick (out) (@@teamID)
  • 114" Marek Hamšík (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland).
  • 114" Marek Hamšík (Slovakia) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 116" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 117" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Patrik Hrošovský (Slovakia).
  • 118" Norbert Gyömber (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 120" @@player1 (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 120" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Peter Pekarík (Slovakia).
  • 120+1" Norbert Gyömber (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • The referee ends the second period of extra time.
  • The penalty shoot-out is set to begin.
  • Marek Hamšík (Slovakia) scores from the penalty spot.
  • Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) scores from the penalty spot.
  • Patrik Hrošovský (Slovakia) scores from the penalty spot.
  • Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) scores from the penalty spot.
  • Lukáš Haraslín (Slovakia) scores from the penalty spot.
  • Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) misses from the penalty spot.
  • Ján Greguš (Slovakia) scores from the penalty spot.
  • Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) misses from the penalty spot.
  • The penalties are over.

Match Statistics

  • Slovakia
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

5 6

Shots on Target

2 2

Shots off Target

6 6

Fouls Committed

13 22
  • Slovakia

    Republic of Ireland

  • 0Goals0
  • 2Yellow Card(s)4
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 2Shots on Goal2
  • 6Shots Wide6
  • 4Shot(s) Blocked4
  • 6Save(s)6
  • 12Total Shots12
  • 13Fouls Committed22
  • 5Corner(s)6
  • 1Offside(s)2