Last Updated at 1:26 pm, September 6th 2011
It's Ireland 0 - 0 Slovakia. The visitors looked much more comfortable in possession but Ireland managed to create two fantastic chances in the second-half and will need something incredible in Russia on Wednesday if they're to win this group and avoid the play-offs.
Sean St. Ledger will miss Ireland's game in Russia having fouled Karhan as Slovakia attempted to break. That could be huge.
Aiden McGeady replaced by Stephen Hunt, a move which goes down very well with the fans.
Ireland win a throw-in thanks to good work from O'Shea. Meanwhile Kucka is replaced by Karim Guede.
Out of nothing, Ireland should be ahead. Slovakian 'keeper Mucha is booked for time-wasting while the Irish rue a missed opportunity.
Given is grateful to collect after Slovakia fail to get a clean contact on the ball. However, he then throws the ball and picks it up again, breaking one of the strangest rules in football, for which he gives away an indirect free-kick in the box and gets booked too. Danger.
Frustration for Ireland who can't take advantage and Dunne is booked for protesting after they concede a cheap free-kick.
Slovakia play it nicely across to Stoch but his ball is poor and Ireland can break with McGeady, who is fouled. Kucka picks up a yellow for what was a cynical challenge.
Kevin Doyle is replaced by Simon Cox. He's worked hard, the Wolves striker, but to no avail against a solid Slovakian side.
Omar's analysis: Well so far the boys in green aren't looking confident, the passing has been poor and the Slovaks are very fast and dangerous. We need to hold on to the ball instead of sending the ball up hopefully as the Slovaks are looking dangerous in possession. Ward has impressed me. I can now maybe see a 1-0 match by maybe a penalty to Ireland or maybe even a goal by Slovaks, a possible scorer of Vladimir Weiss who is looking strong.
Sky Bet go 11/10 about Ireland winning from here with the draw 11/8. Having started the game as 7/2 shots, Slovakia are out to 4/1 despite having the better of the first 45 minutes.
HT Ireland started the first half well but Slovakia dominated after the first 10 minutes, looking a big threat down the right in particular. One real chance apiece for the sides but Slovakia will go in happiest with their efforts.
Omar from Dublin writes: "Hi Ben! I'm expecting a 2-1 or 2-0 win for Ireland. Don't know much about the Slovak keeper so maybe a 20 or 30 yarder from Doyle or Whelan. Thanks!"
Eric says: "Benjamin, sad to hear of Kilbane being injured ending a run of 66 consecutive games for Ireland, I'm sure Ward will do well though!"
Sky Bet go 5/6 Republic of Ireland, 23/10 the draw and 7/2 Slovakia with kick-off little over half-an-hour away.
Eric says: "Hi Benjamin, bit worried about our centre midfield but I'm going for an Ireland win, 1-0 with Robbie Keane getting a second-half winner"
John writes: "Hi Ben, I feel that the Slovakia team are a knocking bet tonight at 9/2. Don't forget they have won away to group favourites Russia. Of course Ireland will huff and puff as they usually do and Keane will miss five sitters and hold his head up with his hands. 2-0 Slovakia to win - get on!"
Paddy asks: "What's the Slovakia lineup?"
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