Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama, Japan

Referee: Falla Ndoye

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Republic of Ireland

  • Robbie Keane 7'
  • Gary Breen 62'
  • Damien Duff 87'
  • 93'

    Gary Breen and Damien Duff were the stars of the show in Yokohama, but Spain will prove a sterner test

  • 93'

    Certainly not the greatest of games, but Ireland won comfortably and not look set to face Spain in the second round

  • 93'

    And there goes the full time whistle. Ireland are through!

  • 93'

    Keane feed the ball through to Carsley, but the Everton an only manages to push Al Shahri to the ground. Free-kick

  • 92'

    Quinn has his shirt tugged by Takar. Free-kick, taken short

  • 91'

    Three minutes to be added

  • 90'

    ...but he scuffs his shot well wide, and the ball finishes nearer the corner flag

  • 90'

    Jumaan finds himself in the clear all of a sudden. He only has Given to beat...

  • 89'

    A final change for Ireland. Mark Kinsella makes way for Lee Carsley

  • 88'

    Duff puts the icing on the cake with his second international goal. Al Daeyea should have stopped the shot - it was straight at him but the ball just him him and landed in the back of the net

  • 87'


  • 86'

    Duff again bursts down the left to latch onto Kinsella's fine ball. He breaks into the box and fires in a powerful drive...

  • 85'

    McAteer breaks forward and finds Keane. The Leeds man shapes for the shot and is closed down. He tries to go wide, but Takar slides in with a fine challenge

  • 84'

    This game seems to have died a death now. Surely the Irish bench know they are safe

  • 83'

    Duff looks to get on the end of the ball in the box up against Takar, but Takar shows his strength to win the tackle

  • 82'

    2-0 to Germany now. Miroslav Klose puts Germany - and Ireland - in the second round with his fifth of the tournament

  • 81'

    Another sending off in the group's other game. Patrick Suffo dismissed for Cameroon. It's now ten against ten - and still 1-0 to Germany

  • 80'

    Now Ireland make their second substitution. Gary Kelly is replaced by Jason McAteer

  • 79'

    The final change for Saudi Arabia. Ahmed Dukhi Al Dosari comes on for Mohammed Al Jahani

  • 78'

    A nice through ball sets Jumaan in on goal, but it just runs away from him as Given runs out to claim

  • 77'

    Duff does brilliantly on the left, flying down the wing. He plays a powerful ball into Quinn, but Al Daeyea comes out well to punch the ball away

  • 76'

    Al Shihoob does well up against Finnan, but he just loses his footing at the vital moment and the ball runs out for a corner

  • 75'

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  • 75'

    Al Shihoob does well to find Al Temyat in the box, he gets his head to the ball but was always stretching - it loops in the air and into the gloves of Given

  • 74'

    Seventy-four minutes gone and it's still awful

  • 73'

    Jumaan tries a shot from 25-yards, but it's nearer the moon than Given's goal

  • 72'

    Looks like Steve Staunton received a yellow card just before that free-kick for time wasting

  • 72'

    ...but Quinn cannot keep his shot down and it's a goal-kick

  • 71'

    Kelly plays the free-kick into the box, there's a bit of head tennis and Quinn brings the ball down...

  • 70'

    Al Shahrani pushes Duff to the floor on the left-edge of the box. A great chance for number three

  • 69'

    Another change for Saudi Arabia straight afterwards, this time Abdullah Zubromawi makes way for Abdullah Jumaan Al Dosari

  • 68'

    A first change for the Saudi's, Mohammed Al Shlhoob comes on for Abdel Aziz al-Khathran

  • 67'

    ...with Given off his line Al Yami tries the lob, but it's a disappointing effort and into the hands of the Irish keeper

  • 66'

    Al Shahrani plays a nice ball over the top to al-Khathran. Given comes out to punch, but Al Yami collects...

  • 65'

    ...but Quinn's shot flys inches wide of the post. That would have been a fantastic goal

  • 64'

    Kelly muscles Zembromawi off the ball and gets a cross in to Quinn. He unleashes a superb first time volley...

  • 63'

    Gary Breen nipped in ahead of the Saudi defender to knock the ball into the right-hand corner of Al Daeyea's net. A great finish, 2-0, and this will be enough for Ireland no matter what

  • 62'


  • 61'

    Staunton takes the free-kick. It's a good ball this time and there's Breen ahead of Takar

  • 61'

    Al Temyat stops Kilbane as he looks to break down the left. Free-kick to Ireland and a booking for the Saudi forward

  • 60'

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  • 60'

    Holland fouls Al Temyat after a good run by Keane

  • 59'

    Al Shahrani chases the ball over the top from Al Temyat, but the flag goes up for offside

  • 58'

    Long ball played by Kilbane up to Quinn... way over his head and out of play

  • 57'

    Ireland just passing the ball across their back four. While Germany are in front 1-0 is definitely enough

  • 56'

    This game really is very poor indeed...

  • 55'

    Nice ball played into Keane in the box, he tries the first time shot which is straight at Al Daeyea

  • 54'

    Duff again shows great pace down the left side. He finds Keane, but the Leeds man fluffs his shot

  • 53'

    Germany lead 1-0 against Cameroon. Marco Bode with the goal

  • 52'

    Kilbane looks to play a long ball over the top, but it's far too strong and straight to Al Daeyea

  • 51'

    ...Keane twists on the spot but his shot goes wide of the post. Much better from the Irish

  • 50'

    Duff links up well with Staunton and Duff bursts into the box - just what's been missing. The cuts the ball back to Keane...

  • 49'

    The pace of the game hasn't been lifted at all at the start of the second period. Ireland need to show more adventure

  • 48'

    Staunton plays the ball into the box, but again it's very poor and it's Al Shahri who heads clear

  • 47'

    Duff is knocked the the ground by Takar. Ireland need to make better use of these set pieces

  • 46'

    Saudi Arabia get the second half underway

  • 46'

    A change at half time for Ireland. Niall Quinn comes on for Ian Harte

  • 45'

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  • 45'

    Saudi Arabia came back well and maybe deserved to go in level. Mick McCarthy will have words to say - maybe we'll be seeing the big man. Niall Quinn, to rough up the Saudi defence

  • 45'

    Ireland started so well with Robbie Keane providing the early advantage, but you felt that they never really pushed on from there by applying real pressure

  • 45'

    And there goes the half-time whistle

  • 45'

    Al Temyat lofts a ball in to al-Khathran, he gets a boot to the ball but fails to control leaving Given to punch clear. Another danger moment for Ireland

  • 45'

    Both sides look happy to play out time now

  • 45'

    Two minutes to be added

  • 45'

    Zubromawi sends Duff to the floor 35 yards from goal. Free-kick. Harte plays the ball into the box but Kilbane is penalised for shirt pulling

  • 44'

    Ireland have lost their way here. They need that half-time whistle

  • 43'

    ...and Shay Given is forced to palm the ball away. Easy save in the end

  • 42'

    More pressure from Saudi Arabia. Al Jahani is played into the box on the right and it's a great chance..

  • 41'

    Germany are down to ten men - Carsten Ramelow sent off. Still 0-0 in that game against Cameroon

  • 41'

    Kelly goes on a fine run against Zubromawi, and finally delivers the cross towards Kilbane - but Al Daeyea jumps to collect before the ball gets to Kilbane

  • 40'

    Al Temyat again has the ball and the Irish defence stands off him. He has space and unleashes the shot from 25 yards, but fails to hit the target

  • 40'

    Some pressure now from Saudi Arabia. Can they break their duck at the finals?

  • 39'

    Al Jahani has the ball on the right and feed the ball into Al Yami. Some neat play here as he jinks past three Ireland defenders - but a desperate boot from Staunton foils Al Yami before he can shoot

  • 38'

    Al Yami plays the ball into Al Temyat on the edge of the box, but his attempt the hook the ball over his shoulder fails

  • 38'

    The ball in floated long into the box, but Kilbane is penalised for use of the arm

  • 37'

    Harte is clipped by Al Shahrani. Another free-kick - this game is becoming increasingly scrappy

  • 36'

    Keane nudges Takar as they go up for a header. Free-kick

  • 35'

    Keane looks to get on the end of a fine long ball by Finnan, but the pass is too strong and it's a goal kick

  • 34'

    Saudi Arabia have improved since that 8-0 defeat to Germany - but you still feel they should be easy pickings

  • 33'

    Ireland need to inject some pace into this game. It's being played at a pedestrian pace

  • 32'

    Staunton plays the corner in, but again it's poor and goes over the heads of everyone

  • 31'

    Kelly looks to get past Zubromawi on the right wing, but Zubromawi does well to get the challenge in. Corner

  • 30'

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  • 30'

    Harte plays the ball to the back stick for Holland, but the header flys way over the bar

  • 29'

    Takar stops Duff from getting to the ball down the line from Harte, and that's a free-kick in a dangerous area for Ireland. 25-yards from goal

  • 28'

    Al Jahani finds himself with space on the right and plays a fine ball into the box to Al Shahrani. Finnan just does enough to hold off the Saudi player and Given goes gown to claim

  • 27'

    Duff loses the ball and tries to chase back to make up for his mistake, but only succeeds in fouling al-Khathran

  • 26'

    The corner is floated in high, there's a lot of shirt pulling - but the cross is too deep anyway

  • 25'

    Al Temyat shows some pace to get into the Irish box, but Holland tracks back with a great tackle. Corner

  • 24'

    Duff is pulled up for a foul on Al Jahani. Free-kick

  • 23'

    Some neat play by Saudi Arabia here, and al-Khathran decides to try an ambitious shot from 30 yards. It's straight into Shay Given's hands, but not a bad effort

  • 22'

    Takar brings Keane to the ground in centre field. Free-kick, taken short

  • 21'

    Keane does well to feed the ball through to Kilbane on the edge of the box, but his control lets him down and Takar clears

  • 20'

    It's 0-0 between Germany and Cameroon at the moment. As it stands, Germany and Ireland will progress

  • 19'

    Kilbane brings the ball forward in a central area and tries a shot from 25 yards, but the ball skids harmlessly through to Al Daeyea

  • 18'

    It's raining now here in Japan - after we saw that torrential down pour in the Portugal-Poland game last night

  • 17'

    Duff does just that and turns Zubromawi, he crosses into the box bu Al Daeyea is there to claim at the second attempt

  • 16'

    If Duff can start running at this defence it can only be a matter of time before the goals start to flow

  • 15'

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  • 15'

    Kilbane feeds in Duff, who shows great skill to get a cross in from left, and Takar has to stretch himself to prevent the ball getting through to Keane once again

  • 14'

    Al Owairan tries a shot from distance, but it's well wide

  • 14'

    It hasn't been the best of games so far, Ireland seem happy to bide their time and take the chances when they come along

  • 13'

    Staunton clips Al Temyat in the centre circle. Free-kick

  • 12'

    Saudi responded well at first, but now we have concerted pressure again from Mick McCarthy's men

  • 11'

    Again it's Harte with the set-piece and this time Al Deayea punches away.

  • 11'

    Corner to Ireland again. Harte delivers from the right and Sulimani is forced to head behind

  • 10'

    Gary Kelly looks to have picked up a knock, just limping around at the moment

  • 10'

    Saudi Arabia come back strongly, playing in the Irish half

  • 9'

    An early lead for Ireland. Keane's low volley was too powerful for Al Daeyea - he got a hand to the ball but saw it spin into the back of the net. Ireland are half-way there! 1-0

  • 8'


  • 7'

    The ball quickly comes back to Kelly on the right wing, and he crosses a low ball to Keane on the penalty spot...

  • 7'

    Harte floats in a high corner but it evades everybody

  • 7'

    Keane links up well with Kilbane, and the Sunderland winger burts into the box. He tries to cut the ball back but Al Shari knocks it behind

  • 6'

    The Yokohama Stadium is a huge area, which effects the atmosphere somewhat

  • 5'

    A quiet start to the game, no sign of goalmouth action as the sides size each other up

  • 4'

    Harte plays the ball down the wing for Kilbane, and Al Shahri is on hand again to clear into touch

  • 4'

    Harte's free-kick is easily cleared into centre-field

  • 3'

    Keane has the ball on the left wing, but a rash tackle by Al Shari conceeds the free-kick

  • 2'

    The Saudi's, with nothing to play for, look the start with a nice passing game, but keep giving the ball away

  • 2'

    Gary Kelly looks to nip the ball over the top to Keane, but the Leeds forward just can't take the ball in his stride and the Saudi defence sweeps up

  • 1'

    Ireland get the game underway


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    Republic of Ireland to win, with bet365  


    Goalkeeper Mohammed Al Daeyea becomes the most capped played in world football today - this is his 171st cap for Saudi Arabia


    Remember, Ireland need a victory by two goals to guarantee a place in the round of 16


    The national anthems are played as the two nations prepare for the group decider

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Saudi Arabia

  • 9(5)

  • -

  • 12

  • 0%


  • Republic of Ireland

  • 9(5)

  • -

  • 12

Republic of Ireland

POS No Name


1 Shay Given


2 Steve Finnan


3 Ian Harte
17 Niall Quinn


5 Steve Staunton


14 Gary Breen


18 Gary Kelly
7 Jason McAteer


8 Matt Holland


11 Kevin Kilbane


12 Mark Kinsella
22 Lee Carsley


9 Damien Duff


10 Robbie Keane
POS No Name
M 7 Jason McAteer
M 22 Lee Carsley
F 17 Niall Quinn

Match Stats

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Republic of Ireland
9(5) Shots (on goal) 9(5)
12 Fouls 12
1 Corner kicks 5
3 Offsides 1
0% Time of Possession 0%
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 5

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