Republic of Ireland are nonetheless searching for their first win within the UEFA Nations League after taking part in out a colorless 0-0 draw with Wales in Dublin.
Three days after their hopes of reaching the European Championship finals have been resulted in Slovakia, Stephen Kenny’s aspect have been dealt a extreme blow on the eve of their conflict with Wales on the Aviva Stadium when 5 gamers have been dominated out after one in all them examined constructive for coronavirus.
But the hosts rallied to have the higher possibilities of an affair that lacked depth with Shane Long lacking the very best alternative with a wayward second-half header.
Republic of Ireland have been diminished to 10 males with seven minutes remaining as James McClean was despatched off for a second bookable offence on Ethan Ampadu however Wales have been unable to make their numerical benefit rely.
The outcome leaves the guests prime of Group B4 on seven factors from their three video games whereas Ireland stay third on two factors.
Rep Ireland: Randolph (6), Doherty (7), Stevens (7), Duffy (8), Okay Long (6), Hourihane (6), Molumby (6), Hendrick (6), McClean (5), Brady (6), S Long (6).
Subs: Horgan (6), Maguire (6), Cullen (n/a), Christie (7).
Wales: Hennessey (6), C Roberts (6), Ampadu (7), Rodon (7), B Davies (7), Morrell (6), Smith (5), Ramsey (6), Wilson (6), James (5), Moore (6).
Subs: N Williams (6), Levitt (6), Brooks (n/a).
Man of the match: Shane Duffy.
More frustration for depleted hosts
Ireland have been with out seven gamers in whole resulting from coronavirus-related points and have been in a position to identify solely seven substitutes together with ‘keepers Mark Travers and Caoimhin Kelleher.
Wales have been anticipated to make adjustments to the crew that have been defeat 3-0 by England at Wembley on Thursday, and so they have been boosted by the return of Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
The FAI chief government Gary Owens confirmed the constructive take a look at of an unnamed participant was obtained late on Saturday night time to severely disrupt the hosts’ preparations, and Kenny was compelled into an early change throughout a tepid opening interval.
Kenny made 4 adjustments to his coronavirus-hit crew for Sunday’s Nations League conflict with Wales. After one unnamed participant examined constructive and 4 others – Egan, Robinson, O’Dowda and Browne – have been withdrawn as shut contacts, Kenny drafted in Kevin Long, Robbie Brady, Jayson Molumby and Shane Long.
Wales boss Ryan Giggs additionally made 4 adjustments, one in all them signalling Aaron Ramsey’s return as captain after he missed the pleasant defeat by England because of membership Juventus’ Covid-19 restrictions. Ramsey, Harry Wilson, Daniel James and Matt Smith have been included as Chris Mepham, Rabbi Matondo, Jonny Williams and Tyler Roberts made manner.
Central defender Kevin Long, who had earlier been caught by Kieffer Moore’s elbow, needed to go away the pitch with a badly swollen eye and was changed by Cyrus Christie. Wales immediately seemed to accentuate Ireland’s issues as Harry Wilson performed a give-and-go with Ramsey earlier than forcing a sensible save low down by Darren Randolph.
But the West Ham goalkeeper was lucky to not then concede a penalty when he dropped the ball from Wilson’s nook and collided into the again of Ampadu just for referee Tasos Sidiropoulos to award a free-kick to the hosts.
Moments later, Ireland seemed to take full benefit of the fortunate escape as Robbie Brady’s shot from distance flashed simply extensive – and the hosts ended the half strongly as substitute Christie was subsequent to see his rising shot simply clear the crossbar.
Ireland’s issues in entrance of objective continued simply 10 minutes into the second interval as Shane Long rose unmarked to fulfill Enda Stevens’ cross however may solely head over from shut vary.
In reality, neither aspect did sufficient to say all three factors however Ireland have been within the ascendancy after they have been diminished to 10 males. McClean collected his first reserving for catching the again of Connor Roberts, and inside minutes he was receiving his marching orders after a wild problem on Ampadu.
The Stoke City winger claimed he did not join with the centre-back, however the match official brandished a second reserving adopted by a purple, the primary in his 75 worldwide appearances for Republic of Ireland.
But regardless of seeing out the remaining seven minutes plus stoppages with relative ease, the outcome implies that Republic of Ireland stay winless in seven Nations League matches, scoring simply two targets throughout these video games.
Man of the match – Shane Duffy
It hasn’t been a simple few days within the Ireland camp, however offered you’ve captain Duffy match and on the coronary heart of this defence, they’re unlikely to ever concede too many probabilities and so it transpired on Sunday.
Despite comparatively few disruptions in comparison with their Irish counterparts, Wales may solely muster two makes an attempt on the right track and that was largely because of the Celtic centre-back making important blocks to disclaim Aaron Ramsey a transparent sight of objective.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Duffy mentioned afterwards: “I really feel either side cancelled one another out once more, and it is a comparable story to Thursday in that we did not take our probabilities. It’s disappointing in that regard, however I believed we performed some good soccer.
“We needed to dig collectively to get the purpose and we have proven good crew spirit having been quick on our bodies. We made some extent and really feel sorry for the lads who weren’t concerned. The level is for them and clearly our followers.”
Stingy Wales keep unbeaten – Opta stats
- Wales have stored 5 consecutive clear sheets in aggressive matches, their finest such run since September 2015 after they stored 5 in a row in qualifying for EURO 2016.
- This was Republic of Ireland’s fourth goalless draw with Wales; solely towards Poland (5) have that they had extra nil-nil stalemates of their historical past.
- Wales are unbeaten in eight aggressive video games (W5 D3), conceding simply three targets on this run.
- James McClean was the primary Irish participant to be despatched off in a house match since Kevin Doyle towards Armenia in October 2011.
Republic of Ireland journey to tackle Finland on Wednesday, reside on Sky Sports Football; kick-off 5pm.
In their fourth UEFA Nations League Group B4 encounter, Wales journey to face Bulgaria on the Vasil Levski National Stadium on Wednesday, reside on Sky Sports Football; kick-off 7.45pm.