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Aviva Stadium (ATT 37,741) 29th February 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M de Sousa

Rep Ire Republic of Ireland vs Czech Republic Czech Rep

Rep Ire 1

S Cox (86)


Czech Rep 1

M Baros (50)

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Last Updated at 9:52 pm, February 29th 2012

  1. 90

    We will have a minimum of two minutes added time with McClean having a shot blocked on the edge of the box. What a fairytale that would have been but the whistle goes and ROI extend their unbeaten run to 12 matches.

  2. 89

    Late Czech corner that is headed over by Kolar.

  3. 88

    McClean whips in a great cross that is just too far ahead of Walters before Cech gathers.

  4. 87

    Limbersky flashes in a cross that fizzes across Given's goal before O'Dea clears.

  5. 86

    Pekhart comes on for Rezek.

  6. 85

    GOAL! Cox gets on the end of an Andrews through ball and ghosts past a defender before slipping the ball through Cech's legs at his near post.

  7. 84

    Lafata goes for glory with a 30-yard shot that is high and wide when he had plenty of options for a cross.

  8. 83

    Andrews needlessly gives away a throw inside his own half and the visitors patiently knock it around the halfway line.

  9. 82

    Lafata wastes a good chance for the Czechs when he fires wide from 12 yards after a great run from full-back Rajtoral opened up the home defence.

  10. 81

    There's real purpose about the hosts now and that has belatedly lifted the crowd.

  11. 80

    McClean's first touch is greeted by another massive cheer and he cleverly lays the ball off to Andrews. Hunt gets in a cross but Cox can't get over it and his looping header is taken by Cech.

  12. 79

    ROI build down the right before Cox loses possession and the visitors clear the danger.

  13. 78

    McClean comes on for McGeady to a huge ovation.

  14. 77

    Cox again looks to burst clear but Cech is aware of the danger and dives on the ball as huge cheers greet the imminent arrival of McClean.

  15. 76

    Cox tries to get on the end of Andrews' through ball but Cech races off his line to clear.

  16. 75

    The game has opened up in the last few minutes and we could yet have another twist.

  17. 74

    Plasil shoots wildly over from 30 yards as the Czechs again push forward.

  18. 73

    O'Dea body checks Koler and might well have been booked if this was not a friendly.

  19. 72

    Kadlec goes down after a coming together with Walters, but is encouraged to get back up by the referee.

  20. 71

    Walters' first touch sees him knock the ball down for Green whose low shot is again saved by Cech.

  21. 70

    Still no sign of young McClean and I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking that.

  22. 69

    Walters and Cox on for Keane and Long, with Given now the ROI skipper.

  23. 68

    Better from the hosts and a rare effort on goal for them.

  24. 67

    Andrews lets fly from 25 yards but his low shot is easy for Cech who gets his body right behind it.

  25. 66

    Each side are allowed six changes tonight so there are still potentially more to come.

  26. 65

    Gebresalassie and Petrzela replaced by Rajtoral and Pilar.

  27. 64

    Plenty of activity now on the two benches anmd I might struggle to keep up with all the changes now!

  28. 63

    Bit of a change in formation for ROI with Hunt going to the left wing and McGeady coming to the right.

  29. 62

    Double change for the hosts with Whelan and Duff replaced by Green and Hunt.

  30. 61

    The Czechs have a real purpose about them and obviously want to win this game.

  31. 60

    Keane is flagged offside and there are just a few moans and groans among the crowd.

  32. 59

    It's a surprise Baros has gone off, but Lafatal is the leading scorer in the Czech league this season.

  33. 58

    Double change for the Czechs with Baros and Stajner replaced by Kolar and Lafatal.

  34. 57

    Baros tries a scissor kick in the area that hits O'Shea and breaks to Plasil who tees up Rezek who curls just wide from 20 yards.

  35. 56

    Good work by Long sees him pick out Duff on the edge of the box, but he curls the ball over.

  36. 55

    Duff is fouled just past the halfway line and O'Shea plays it up to the edge of the box but the visitors clear.

  37. 54

    Free-kick to the Czechs inside their own half and it is aimed towards Rezek, but O'Shea heads it back to Given.

  38. 53

    Clever skills by McGeady sees him beat his man but his cross is overhit and goes out for a goalkick at the far post.

  39. 52

    Major setback for the hosts and their unbeaten 11-match run, which contains nine clean sheets.

  40. 51

    GOAL! Rezek's clever reverse pass springs the offside trap with Ward playing Baros on and the former Liverpool and Aston Villa frontman lifts the ball over the advancing Given for his 40th international goal.

  41. 50

    Duff takes the home side's first corner of the night but Cech makes an easy catch.

  42. 49

    O'Shea plays a long ball forward for Long, who gets in down but Kadlec puts it behind.

  43. 48

    ROI have not been able to get out of their own half so far, but they are now in possession and looking to build from the back.

  44. 47

    The sub wins a free kick after being pushed over by Andrews but Baros and Rezek just unbale to get on the end of a fabulous cross by Gebresalassie.

  45. 46

    The Czech Republic, all in red, get the second period under way with Jiracek replaced by Tomas Hubschman.

  46. 45

    We'll have one minute of added time, but it will be more than that as Jiracek goes down in obvious pain after making a pass and leaves the field holding his side.

  47. 44

    That would have been a deflating way to have ended the half for the Irish, but good save by Given.

  48. 43

    The Czechs power downfield and Rezek cuts inside before his dipping 20 yard drive is parried by Given, with the ball just falling out of the reach of Baros.

  49. 42

    Andrews lets fly from the edge of the box after a quickly-taken free-kick but it's blocked.

  50. 41

    More patient pass and movemeny by the visitors, but ROI are tenacious when it comes to closing them down.

  51. 40

    Long is beaten in the air and stays briefly on the ground after a havy landing, but he soon gets back to his feet.

  52. 39

    It's been a while since Keane has had a touch and you feel that he needs to be more involved if ROI are to win this game.

  53. 38

    Great tenacity by Whelan twice sees him win 50/50 tackles, but his through ball for Keane is intercepted.

  54. 37

    Andrews leaves the pitch and appears to be OK.

  55. 36

    The home subs start warming up and I for one am hoping that Sunderland winger James McClean gets some game time.

  56. 35

    A break in play as Andrews stays down after an accidental collision with Jiracek.

  57. 34

    O'Shea gets in a block to stop Plasil down the left.

  58. 33

    The Czechs have come back into the game more, but still Given has only been forced into one routine save.

  59. 32

    The Mexican wave starts which is usually a sign in these games that the crowd are not entirely impressed with what they are watching.

  60. 31

    I can only think he was trying to pull it back so Stajner could have a shot - but it was dreadful delivery.

  61. 30

    Plasil takes it, their fourth of the night, and the referee has a word about pushing. But the kick is poor and is cleared by Keane at the far post.

  62. 29

    Again the Czechs are content to knock the ball around in their own half, before Ward gives away a corner.

  63. 28

    Past the halfway point in the first half and it's the hosts who have certainly created the better chances.

  64. 27

    Whelan had four stitches put in his bottom lip on the edge of the pitch ... rather him then me!!

  65. 26

    McGeady is forced to giveaway a corner as Whelan finally does come back on with Plasil's kick headed over by Sivok.

  66. 25

    Plasil plays a searching ball into the ROI box, looking for the run of Rezek, but Given is off his line to gather.

  67. 24

    Whealn is still getting patched up and it looks as though stitches are being put in his bottom lip.

  68. 23

    The Czechs attempt to relieve the pressure with a spot of passing around the centre circle, before they try to find Baros in the area and it's O'Dea once again who gets in a vital tackle with ROI still down to 10 men.

  69. 22

    Andrews plays an unconventional one-two with Long on the edge of the box but Cech beats him to the return ball.

  70. 21

    Whelan needs some treatment and leaves the field dabbing at his mouth with a tissue - bust lip by the looks of it.

  71. 20

    O'Dea gets in a vital tackle as Baros looked to power into the box, before the ball breaks to Plasil who blasts over from 25 yards.

  72. 19

    Duff picks himself up and takes the kick which is met by O'Shea near the penalty spot and he glances a header just inches wide.

  73. 18

    Duff then gets forward and is fouled by Rezek deep inside the Czech half.

  74. 17

    Given again struggles with his kick after a backpass from St Ledger, but Duff helps him out and gets the ball downfield.

  75. 16

    It's all home pressure at the moment with Keane producing some outrageous touches in the final third in what is his 50th game as ROI skipper.

  76. 15

    Good chance that for Keane who will feel he should have done better.

  77. 14

    A superb ball from inside his own half by Andrews is taken down instantly by Keabe in the box, but he shoots straight at the advnacing Cech from 12 yards and his follow up is also blocked.

  78. 13

    The visitors look happy on the ball, but their passing has been found wanting which has seen them give it away several times.

  79. 12

    Long is having plenty of joy in winning headers and he gets on the end of a long Given punt, but cannot pick out Keane's run.

  80. 11

    The home players look at each other in disbelief that no one put that away - brilliant centre by the Fulham winger.

  81. 10

    A brief lull in play after that fast start before Duff's cross fizzes across the face of goal with no white shirt able to get a decisive touch.

  82. 9

    A good break by Keane sees him run to the edge of the box before he attempts to square the ball to the unmarked McGeady, but the Czechs get it clear.

  83. 8

    The ball breaks to Jan Rezek some 35 yards out and he goes for an ambitious shot which is woeful and it goes high and wide of Given's goal.

  84. 7

    Mistake from Given sees him blast his clearance against Jiracek, but he receovers to grab the ball at the feet of Stajner.

  85. 6

    Keane tries to play in strike partner Long, but he is flagged offside and powers into the box before he realises.

  86. 5

    Very lively start to the game with a chance at both ends.

  87. 4

    Given is forced to make a save with his knees at the near post to keep out a stinging shot from Stajner who had been played in by a clever reverse pass from Baros.

  88. 3

    Jaroslav Plasil corner for the Czechs but it's headed away by John O'Shea.

  89. 2

    Early chance for Ireland with Aiden McGeady lifting a cross to the far post which is met by Shane Long, but it's straight at Cech who makes the save.

  90. 1

    A huddle for the home side and then it's ROi who get us under way in white shirts and green shorts with a very decent and vocal crowd inside the Aviva Stadium.

  91. Teams are FINALLY here - Rep of Ireland: Given, O'Shea, O'Dea, St. Ledger, Ward, Duff, Andrews, Whelan, McGeady, Keane, Long. Subs: Forde, Hunt, Foley, Duffy, Walters, Coleman, McCarthy, Cox, Green, McClean, Henderson. Czech Republic: Cech, Gebre Selassie, Limbersky, Sivok, Kadlec, Petrzela, Rezek, Stajner, Plasil, Baros, Jiracek. Subs: Drobny, Rajnoch, Pekhart, Pudil, Rajtoral, Pilar, Hubschman, Kolar, Lafata. Referee: Manuel de Sousa (Portugal)

  92. James McClean and Shane Duffy are named among the substitutes as Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni relies on his old heads for this evening's friendly against the Czech Republic. Darren O'Dea partners Sean St Ledger in the heart of the defence with Richard Dunne injured, and Shane Long starts in attack with skipper Robbie Keane lining up just behind him. Czech Republic boss Michael Bilek includes Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech and former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Milan Baros in his starting line-up.

  93. Our colleagues at Sky Bet think Republic of Ireland will make advantage count and currently have them 11/8 favourites, with the draw 11/5 and the Czech Republic 2/1.

  94. Good evening and welcome to our coverage of tonight's international friendly between Republic of Ireland and the Czech Republic. In a week where UEFA have promised to reduce the number of friendly games being played during the course of a year, do you think these matches have any real significance? How will the Republic do in Euro 2012? Send your thoughts to and I'll publish the best ones ahead of a 7.45pm start. Team news and line-ups will follow soon ...