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Ortalyk Tsentralnyi Stadium (ATT 9,500) 7th September 2012 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: Ionut Avram

Kazakhstan Kazakhstan vs Republic of Ireland Rep Ireland

Kazakhstan 1

K Nurdauletov (38)

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Rep Ireland 2

R Keane (pen 89)
K Doyle (90)

Republic leave it late

Keane and Doyle snatch dramatic 2-1 win over Kazakhstan

Last Updated: 07/09/12 10:09pm

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Robbie Keane: Scored a late equaliser for Republic of Ireland in Kazakhstan

Robbie Keane: Scored a late equaliser for Republic of Ireland in Kazakhstan

Republic of Ireland staged a dramatic late comeback to beat Kazakhstan 2-1 away from home in their opening World Cup qualifier.

Giovanni Trapattoni's men, looking to push on to Brazil after reaching Euro 2012, appeared set to start with a surprise defeat when Kairat Nurdauletov broke the deadlock in the 38th minute.

It was a frustrating second half until Robbie Keane equalised with a penalty in the 89th minute after being brought down in the box.

Kevin Doyle then snatched a last-gasp winner to give the Irish three points at the beginning of their Group C campaign.

Horror show

There was no indication that the Republic were going to put on such a first-half horror show in the opening minutes as they started strongly.

James McCarthy, making his first competitive start, saw his low, curling shot tipped wide and John O'Shea's deflected header just missed the target.

The Kazakhs started to settle in to their rhythm, however, and threatened through Tanat Nusserbayev.

The FC Astana forward drove at the Republic defence, but his threaded pass to Alexandr Kirov went to waste after the full-back mis-timed his run.

Panic spread in the Republic defence moments later when a cross trickled through to the back post where Ulan Konysbayev was lurking, but Keiren Westwood sprang off his line to come to the rescue.

The Republic were struggling to make any impact on the game and often resorted to lumping the ball to Jon Walters - a tactic that failed almost every time.

The one time the Stoke man did look effective in the first half was when he played a neat one-two with Simon Cox, but the Nottingham Forest man, playing out of position on the wing, fired in to the side-netting.

Keane had a quiet first half, with his only contribution of note a darting run which led to a penalty appeal that was turned down after a challenge by Mikhail Rozkhov.

The 300 travelling fans bellowed at their team, but they did very little, with Sean St Ledger's weak header summing up the visitors' limp first-half performance.

The opening goal that had been coming for a while arrived shortly before half-time when Genrikh Shmidtgal swung in a wicked corner and Nurdauletov glanced home from 10 yards.

It was almost 2-0 moments later. Westwood parried Konysbayev's shot in to the path of Nusserbayev but he could only hit a post.

Despite their sub-par performance in the opening 45 minutes, Trapattoni did not make any changes at half-time.

Still on top

Worryingly for the Italian, the Kazakhs remained on top. Shmidtgal probed the Republic defence with a foraging run and Nusserbayev powered a volley over the bar as the away side struggled to get in to the game.

Trapattoni finally made a change just before the hour when the ineffective Cox was replaced by Doyle.

The Wolves man scurried straight in to the box and went down under a challenge but his penalty appeal fell on deaf ears.

Trapattoni nervously checked his watch on the touchline as his team kept failing to trouble the hosts.

Nusserbayev fired a low shot just wide of Westwood's goal before being substituted to a standing ovation from the home crowd.

Glenn Whelan tried a long shot that summed up the Republic's desperation as the clock ticked on with no equaliser.

Baurzhan Jolchiyev managed to wrestle his way through a dormant Republic back four but Westwood pulled off a terrific save to deny the substitute what surely would have been the winning goal.

The away side plugged away and were handed a way back in to the tie three minutes from time when Keane was bundled over in the box by Rozhkov and the referee pointed to the spot.

The former Tottenham striker showed nerves of steel to calmly dispatch the spot-kick to the Kazakh goalkeeper's right.

The Republic completed their stunning comeback in the final minute when Doyle latched on to Stephen Ward's knock down and volleyed home from close range.

KazakhstanTeam StatisticsRepublic of Ireland
1Goals2
11st Half Goals0
3Shots on Target5
4Shots off Target7
3Blocked Shots9
1Corners9
15Fouls16
5Offsides1
1Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
67.8Passing Success76.8
15Tackles12
60Tackles Success91.7
38.2Possession61.8
43.9Territorial Advantage56.1
286Total Passes461
6Total Crosses29
169Lost Balls183
40Recoveries53
40.61st Half Poss.59.4
35.92nd Half Poss.64.1

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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