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    Denmark

    1

    Brazil

    3

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    Rep of Ire

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    Poland

    1

    Slovakia

    0

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    Macedonia

    0

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    Spain

    2

    Serbia

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    Switzerland

    5

    Germany

    3

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    Finland

    3

    Turkey

    2

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    1

    Bulgaria

    2

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    Czech Rep

    2

    Israel

    1

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    Norway

    0

    England

    1

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    El Salvador

    2

    Moldova

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    USA

    5

    Scotland

    1

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    Honduras

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    New Zealand

    1

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    Wales

    P

    Mexico

    P

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

Aviva Stadium

Attendance: 37100

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Republic of Ireland

  • Shane Long 77'

1 - 0

FT

Long grabs late win for Ireland

Shane Long ensured the Republic of Ireland will head off on their Euro 2012

adventure on the back of a win with the only goal against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

• Fahey out of Euro 2012

The West Brom striker's 78th-minute header was enough to claim victory in the

Republic's final game on home soil before the finals.

Giovanni Trapattoni's men might have won more comfortably in front of a crowd

of 37,100 with the post, the bar and the heroics of keeper Asmir Begovic denying

them.

The win extended Ireland's unbeaten run to 13 games a day before they leave for

their pre-tournament training camp in Montecatini, Italy.

Trapattoni had chosen the Bosnians because he knew they would be technically

adept and tactically astute, and would provide his side with exactly the sort of

challenge they will face next month with Croatia, Spain and Italy standing

between them and their dream of reaching the quarter-finals.

For long periods, Safet Susic's side retained the ball and passed it

confidently with Miralem Pjanic and skipper Zvjezdan Misimovic running the game

from central midfield and Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko keeping Richard

Dunne on his toes throughout.

But as ever, the Republic were doggedly stubborn and while Dunne had to make a

series of important interventions - in the process proving his fitness after a

midweek fitness scare - it was not until 40 minutes had elapsed that stand-in

keeper Keiren Westwood, deputising for the injured Shay Given, was called upon

to make his first save.

Striker Vedad Ibisevic fired wildly over after just four minutes and then only

just failed to turn home Dzeko's ninth-minute cross in a positive start by the

visitors.

However, Ireland gradually worked their way into the game and midfielder Glenn

Whelan was convinced he should have been awarded a 13th-minute penalty when he

burst past central defender Sanel Jahic and appeared to be felled as he rounded

Begovic.

Swiss referee Nikolaj Haenni, however, waved away his appeals and as the half

wore on, it was Trapattoni's men who started to make the running.

James McClean, starting a senior international for the first time, set up

Darron Gibson to drag a 25th-minute effort wide after an enterprising foray

inside from the left wing, and skipper Robbie Keane sent a snapshot over the bar

after turning smartly six minutes later.

But the fireworks largely came inside the final five minutes of the half,

perhaps prompted by Pjanic's swerving 30-yarder which very nearly wrong-footed

Westwood.

First McClean forced Begovic into a smart save at his near post with a

well-struck left-foot drive, and then the keeper had to block at the feet of

Damien Duff after Keane's clever flick had put the midfielder in on goal.

Central defender Darren O'Dea also tested Begovic with a late header, but there

was nothing to chose between the sides as they went in at the break.

However, there might have been within two minutes of the restart but for the

intervention of the woodwork.

Trapattoni made a double change at the break when he replaced Whelan and Duff

with Keith Andrews and McGeady, and the latter almost made an instant impact.

He timed his run to perfection to meet Kevin Doyle's knock-down and sent a

right-foot volley towards goal, but with Begovic beaten, the ball came back off

the post.

McGeady's arrival had seen McClean switch to the right in line with

Trapattoni's intention to school him in international football on both flanks.

Westwood had enjoyed a relatively quiet afternoon, but he found himself in

action once again with 59 minutes gone when Pjanic once again took aim from all

of 35 yards, this time from a free-kick.

His confidence to shoot proved well-founded as he sent another fiercely-struck

effort snaking towards the top corner, where the Sunderland keeper pulled off a

fine one-handed save.

Trapattoni, who had signalled his intention to use all seven substitutions

allowed in an effort to test the match-fitness of his squad, withdrew

first-choice strike-pairing Keane and Doyle with 63 minutes played and sent on

Long and Jon Walters in their place.

Dunne too was withdrawn from the fray eight minutes later when he was replaced

by St Ledger, but it was at the other end that most of the late action came.

Walters very nearly gave the home side a 74th-minute lead when he met McGeady's

cross with a powerful header, but saw the ball crash back off the crossbar, and

the former Celtic winger himself tested Begovic with a viciously-dipping shot

two minutes later which almost eluded the keeper.

However, Long finally made the pressure tell with 12 minutes remaining when he

rose at the far post to head yet another inch-perfect McGeady delivery home.

It could have been 2-0 within a minute when McGeady put Walters in on goal, but

club-mate Begovic closed him down well to block, and then pulled off a

remarkable late save to deny Long a second.

Scoring Summary

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
Shane Long (77')
 

Match Stats

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
19(7) Shots (on goal) 11(2)
10 Fouls 12
7 Corner kicks 4
1 Offsides 2
50% Time of Possession 50%
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 6

Teams

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
Substitutes
Substitutions
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