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Aviva Stadium 10th August 2011 - Kick off 19:45

Rep Ire Republic of Ireland vs Croatia Croatia


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Last Updated at 9:46 pm, August 10th 2011

  1. 90+4

    It comes to nothing and that's that at the Aviva.

  2. 90+3

    Cox wins a free-kick on the half-way line and the hosts have one last chance to hoof forward and hope for the best.

  3. 90+2

    A couple of towering headers from Dunne keeps Croatia at bay, but they're still on the ball in the closing minutes.

  4. 90+1

    One goal was enough for Ireland to beat Croatia the last time they met in Ireland, Robbie Keane was the hero that day, is there something still in store in this one?

  5. 90

    Three minutes will be added for stoppages.

  6. 89

    The crowd is starting to disperse now, they don't think we're going to find a winner here.

  7. 88

    Treacy opts to deliver early but too early for Keane and Cox.

  8. 87

    Dunne slices a clearance into touch. Meanwhile, Vukojevic makes way for Dujmovic in Croatia's latest change.

  9. 86

    First big test for Westwood and he's up to it as Kalinic forces him down low towards the near post and the Sunderland keeper looked comfortable.

  10. 85

    Srna's latest delivery is headed clear by St Ledger, who has had a really good day at the back today.

  11. 84

    Treacy and Cox come on for Long and Duff respectively.

  12. 83

    Srna drags a shot wide of the far post in a reminder of the Croats ability.

  13. 82

    Keane is narrowly flagged offside, a yard behind and he would have been through on goal.

  14. 81

    Simunic heads clear Duff's corner and the visitors look to break, but Kalinic's run is unspotted by his teammates.

  15. 80

    Duff tries his luck from range and it deflects wide for an Ireland corner, that's got the crowd going too.

  16. 79

    Westwood collects a through ball for his first touch of the match.

  17. 78

    Long does extremely well to play in Duff, who looks for Keane in the centre but the captain is crowded out by huge Croatian defenders.

  18. 77

    Gibson does well to win possession and passes to Long, whose cross is way beyond Keane. Goal-kick to Croatia.

  19. 76

    The Croats are taking control now, they look fitter than the Irish.

  20. 75

    Modric can't quite get on the end of a teasing cross.

  21. 74

    Mandzukic makes way for Kalinic and for Ireland O'Dea comes on for Whelan.

  22. 72

    Simunic clears but St Ledger flights it back in and Dunne rises high, almost too high, and heads wide from around 10 yards.

  23. 71

    Keane wins a free-kick at Srna's expense, the Croatian deemed to have handled.

  24. 70

    Keogh streams forward but runs into traffic and can't pull the trigger.

  25. 69

    Play resumes with both players ok to continue.

  26. 67

    Ledger and Vukojevic clash heads in a nasty incident and both players need treatment.

  27. 66

    Duff gets on the ball and flights in a cross aimed for Long, but it's way too deep and Croatia have a throw at the far side.

  28. 65

    For Croatia, Kranjcar makes way for Ilicevic.

  29. 64

    Given makes way for Westwood and Keogh comes in for Hunt.

  30. 63

    Croatia earn a corner and there's some action on the Republic bench, with the hosts starting to fade.

  31. 62

    Ireland counter the Croats but it ends as Keane and Hunt can't complete a one-two.

  32. 61

    Srna continues to put in poor deliveries from open play, but from set-pieces he is a deadly threat.

  33. 60

    A double effort on goal from Mandzukic first strikes Hunt en route to goal before his follow up is blasted well wide.

  34. 59

    Keane, working as hard as ever, forces the Croat defence to concede a deep throw-in.

  35. 58

    The visitors have had 70% of possession in the second half, but are lacking a cutting edge up front.

  36. 57

    Ireland remain under pressure with the Croats stepping up their game.

  37. 56

    Srna delivers to the back post where Lovren is left completely unmarked but, inside the six-yard box, he gets his volley all wrong.

  38. 55

    Gibson flies in on Olic and gets a yellow card, the Croats are furious giving what their compatriot has been through with injuries over the past 12 months.

  39. 54

    Croatia are upping their game and forcing Ireland into clumsy fouls.

  40. 53

    Modric attempts the spectacular with an overhead kick, but his connection isn't a great one and it trickles wide.

  41. 52

    Kelly is again penalised this time for tugging at Olic.

  42. 51

    Vukojevic goes into the book for a shove in the back on Keane.

  43. 50

    Olic can't get on the end of yet another overhit cross from Srna.

  44. 49

    Kelly gives away a free-kick for barging into the back of Stinic, needlessly.

  45. 48

    Gibson is invited to shoot but sees his effort blocked from close range.

  46. 47

    Srna overhits a cross as Croatia start the second half with more urgency.

  47. 46

    Croatia's Olic replaces Eduardo in the only change at half-time and we're underway once more in the Aviva.

  48. Half-time in the Aviva Stadium.

  49. 45+1

    St Ledger rises highest from Duff's delivery, but he can't quite guide it on target and that may be that for the half.

  50. 45

    One minute will be added and Ireland have a corner, which Duff will take after earning.

  51. 44

    Excellent movement from Keane, who shows great balance as he dribbles past two Croatia defenders but as he shapes to bend into the far bottom corner, the veteran can't quite adjust his feet enough and shoots straight at Pletikosa.

  52. 43

    Vukojevic shoots from all of 40 yards, much to the disgust of his teammates, who watch as his effort sails into the stands.

  53. 42

    Duff and Hunt appear to have swapped sides. The crowd are in full voice, they want an opener for Ireland before half-time.

  54. 41

    Duff is turning on the style now, twisting and turning as he used to in his heyday.

  55. 40

    Ireland are showing more desire, but you sense that flair and technique the Croats possess could prove the difference as we approach the interval.

  56. 39

    Ireland break through Keane, Gibson and Hunt, but it breaks down when Ward runs out of grass on the over-lap.

  57. 38

    Srna picks out the onrushing Kranjcar in the box but, leaning back and on the half volley, the winger skies his effort towards row z.

  58. 37

    Croatia have regained possession and are happy to hang on to it having just suffered a spell of pressure from the Republic.

  59. 36

    Kelly attacks it but misses with his jump, and St Ledger can't react in time to turn the ball goalwards. Goal-kick to Croatia.

  60. 35

    Croatia tries to play Long offside but it fails to work and the striker earns a corner, which Hunt will take.

  61. 34

    Keane wins a free-kick for his side inside his own half.

  62. 33

    Strinic skips to the byline before pulling back, but Kelly intercepts, putting the ball into touch for a Croatia throw.

  63. 32

    The hosts have been encouraged by a handful of half chances in the last few minutes and are on the ball again.

  64. 31

    Long beats the offside trap but is forced wide and has little in support in the centre upon collecting. Ireland eventually lose possession.

  65. 30

    Whelan bundles over Lovren around 30 yards from Croatia's goal. Half an hour gone and Ireland are just starting to settle, still nothing between the sides though.

  66. 29

    Given boots a goal-kick up field following an off-target long-ranger from Kranjcar.

  67. 28

    Ward makes a last ditch tackle to deny Croatia an opener, that'll do his confidence the world of good.

  68. 27

    Old favourites Keane and Duff combine on the flank but the latter's delivery is too low and Croatia clear. Good spell for Ireland this though.

  69. 26

    Keane closes down a backpass and forces Pletikosa to boot into touch. He's still got his awareness has Keane.

  70. 25

    It was a great header from Long, outjumping two Croatia defender, but the header lacked the power to beat Pletikosa.

  71. 24

    First meaningful shot on target for Ireland and it come from Long's head around 12 yards out, with Whelan picking him out through a fantastic delivery.

  72. 23

    Croatia are back on the ball with keeper Pletikosa, following a minor spell of possession by the hosts.

  73. 22

    Srna delivers a dangerous ball to the near post and, under pressure from Croatian strikers, Given opts to punch and he does so effectively.

  74. 21

    Hunt almost squeezes through on goal before being forced wide, the winger has retained possession for his side, though.

  75. 20

    The referee overlooks Eduardo's fall and the former Arsenal striker looks confused as to why having been sandwiched by St Ledger and Dunne.

  76. 19

    The Croats have had 61% of possession so far, with Ireland struggling to cope with Modric's distribution from the centre.

  77. 18

    St Ledger almost runs himself into trouble before Given offers him an escape route.

  78. 17

    Corluka has options in the centre but opts to shoot from range and it's wayward as he slices well wide.

  79. 16

    The Croats are denied a penalty once more and this time there was no doubt about it - Modric floats a ball over the top and Strinic controls inside the box before being bundled over by Kelly, quite why the referee overlooked it is beyond me.

  80. 15

    Having just seen the replay, Whelan was left for dead by Eduardo on that chanceand the Ireland midfielder, on another day, may have conceded a penalty for obstructing the Croatia striker.

  81. 14

    Eduardo gets a toe on the delivery but St Ledger is on the line to poke clear the tame effort.

  82. 13

    Dunne concedes a corner under pressure from Eduardo and the visitors have some big men forward for the delivery.

  83. 12

    Modric looks for Kranjcar with a short exchange but their forgotten club team-mate Robbie Keane intercepts to the delight of the home crowd.

  84. 11

    Ten minutes have passed and the Croats are starting to see all of the play.

  85. 10

    Long's cross evades everyone and sails out of play for a Croatia throw on the opposite flank.

  86. 9

    Kelly halts the counter-attack by booting into touch, great covering by the full-back.

  87. 8

    Whelan wants a free-kick but the referee waves play on and Croatia stream forward with the ball...

  88. 7

    Croatia string together their first attack of the game - Modric sprays the ball wide for Corluka, who cuts back for Srna on the edge of the box, but the winger's cross is too deep and goes out of play for a throw-in.

  89. 6

    Hunt requires some treatment following that earlier clash with Srna, he got a poke in the eye by the looks of things and is struggling for sight.

  90. 5

    The first meaningful attack of the match sees Duff play inside for Gibson, whose first touch is an excellent one in teeing himself up for a shot, but he scuffs his effort towards the target, failing to trouble Pletikosa.

  91. 4

    Long can't control the ball as he'd have liked, and an early half chance goes begging for the Republic.

  92. 3

    Srna catches Hunt with an elbow, which goes unpunished, before being knocked to the floor by a legitimate St Ledger tackle.

  93. 2

    St Ledger earns a goal-kick, which Given punts long up field.

  94. 1

    The visitors get the ball rolling in the Aviva.

  95. The sides are out on the field and taking up their positions, kick-off is moments away.

  96. Republic of Ireland XI: Given, Kelly, Dunne, St Ledger, Ward, Duff, Whelan, Gibson, Hunt, Long, Keane.

  97. Croatia XI: Pletikosa, Strinic, Simunic, Lovren, Corluka, Vukojevic, Modric, Srna, Kranjcar, Eduardo, Mandzukic.

  98. Having won their last four games, the Republic are aiming to keep up the momentum ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifying double-header against Slovakia and Russia next month with a positive performance against the Croatians, whose starting line-up includes Tottenham trio Luka Modric, Niko Kranjcar and Vedran Corluka.

  99. Although a string of players have withdrawn from his squad due to injury in the build-up to the game, Trapattoni is able to name a relatively strong side, featuring the likes of Shay Given, Richard Dunne and Damien Duff.

  100. So, Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni pairs captain Robbie Keane with new West Brom striker Shane Long in attack for this evening's friendly against Croatia at the Aviva Stadium.

  101. Updates will appear here from 1945 BST...