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Torsvollor Stadium (ATT 4,400) 16th October 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Lorenc Jemini

Faroe Islands Faroe Islands vs Republic of Ireland Rep Ireland

Faroe Islands 1

A Hansen (68)

ft

Rep Ireland 4

M Wilson (46)
J Walters (53)
P Justinussen (og 73)
D O'Dea (88)

Republic of Ireland ease pressure on Giovanni Trapattoni with win over Faroes

Last Updated: 16/10/12 9:43pm

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Republic of Ireland put their drubbing by Germany behind them with a 4-1 victory away to Faroe Islands to ease the pressure on manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

After a goalless first period, the breakthrough finally arrived with less than a minute of the second half gone, and it did so in spectacular fashion.

Full-back Marc Wilson picked up possession wide on the left and cut inside before shooting right-footed from 30 yards with the ball clipping full-back Jonas Naes on the head as it flew into the top corner.

Robbie Keane had a hand in his side's second goal three minutes later as Wilson's left-wing cross was headed towards goal by Jon Walters and Keane's efforts to get there before Gunnar Nielsen put the keeper off and the ball ended up in the back of the net, with the Stoke man credited with the goal.

The Faroes hit back with 22 minutes remaining when Jonas Tor Naes was given time to cross from the right and delivered the perfect cross for substitute Arnbjorn Hansen to climb high and head firmly past Keiren Westwood.

But the Republic eased any nerves with further goals as Pol Johannes Justinussen put through his own net and Darren O'Dea added a fourth with time running out.

It had been a tumultuous few days for Trapattoni and there was another twist even before kick-off when it was confirmed that the post-match de-brief he usually holds with the media a day after a game, and which had been planned for Wednesday evening in Dublin, had been cancelled with the manager due to fly straight back to Milan.

Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney refused to discuss the matter as he sat stony-faced in the crowd before kick-off and as he left after the final whistle having applauded the team off the pitch.

Crucial

The Republic ran out knowing the 90 minutes ahead might prove crucial in more than one way with their hopes of World Cup qualification facing significant damage if they did not emerge with three points, and Trapattoni's future hanging in the balance.

Having ordered his players to forget the horrors of Friday evening, Trapattoni handed 20-year-old Manchester United winger Robbie Brady the task of improving the supply lines to returning skipper Keane and his strike-partner Walters.

Brady certainly added some vigour down the right and might have unlocked the Faroese defence on several occasions during the early exchanges.

Having picked out O'Dea with an early corner the defender could not direct at goal, the midfielder cut inside to curl a left-foot shot just wide of the far post, and he was also involved in the move which should have led to Ireland taking a 13th-minute lead.

Brady played a corner short to Aiden McGeady, who clipped it in to Keith Andrews, who had lost Rogvi Baldvinsson at the near post, but failed to hit the target with the goal at his mercy.

The Bolton midfielder clasped his head in his hands, knowing a glorious opportunity had come and gone and although several more arrived before the break, none was better than the one which had just gone begging.

Walters headed over from McGeady's 22nd-minute cross and then forced a save from keeper Gunnar Nielsen six minutes later after Andrews had flicked on Keane's cross.

However, as the half wore on without the deadlock being broken, the home side grew in confidence and exerted genuine pressure.

Keeper Keiren Westwood had already had to claw away Daniel Udsen's cross as it threatened to drop over him and under the crossbar when he saw O'Dea throw himself into the path of Joan Edmundsson's 38th-minute shot after Christian Holst had opened up the Irish defence.

Unexpected

Trapattoni withdrew Brady at half-time and replaced him with striker Simon Cox, and although the opening goal arrived just 43 seconds after the restart, it did so from an unexpected source.

Wilson picked up possession wide on the left and cut inside before unleashing a 30-yard effort which flicked the head of full-back Naes and flew past the helpless Nielsen and into the top corner.

In an instant, the tension lifted and Ireland began to play with the confidence of knowing their qualifying campaign was back on track, and they increased their lead within seven minutes.

On this occasion, Wilson turned provider, crossing from the left for Walters to head firmly towards goal, where Keane did enough to put off Nielsen, but not enough to justify his claims that he had got the final touch.

The LA Galaxy striker might have added his name to list of scorers with 56 minutes gone, but dragged his left-foot effort just wide of the far post with the Faroes buckling.

But just as it looked as though the Republic had the points wrapped up, they allowed Naes to make ground down the right and cross for Hansen to climb above John O'Shea and head firmly past Westwood.

However, hopes of a fightback were dashed within five minutes when, with the Faroes pushing for an equaliser, Walters broke into space down the left and sent in a cross which McGeady could not reach, but Justinussen turned into his own net.

O'Dea's 88th-minute header capped a comprehensive victory and perhaps - but only perhaps - gave Trapattoni a little breathing space.

Faroe IslandsTeam StatisticsRepublic of Ireland
1Goals4
01st Half Goals0
1Shots on Target5
4Shots off Target8
4Blocked Shots5
8Corners7
12Fouls11
0Offsides1
1Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
73.3Passing Success78
11Tackles10
63.6Tackles Success90
42.7Possession57.3
51.3Territorial Advantage48.7
344Total Passes481
20Total Crosses22
168Lost Balls160
49Recoveries52
40.21st Half Poss.59.8
43.12nd Half Poss.56.9

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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

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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

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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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