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Cyprus Cyprus vs Republic of Ireland Rep Ire

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Irish claim vital win

By Alex Livie.   Last Updated: 08/10/05 7:45pm

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Republic of Ireland kept their World Cup qualification hopes alive with a battling 1-0 win over Cyprus.

Stephen Elliott's first international goal on six minutes was enough to give Brian Kerr's men maximum points and keeps them in the hunt to qualify from Group Four.

It was not all plain sailing for the Irish, as Shay Given was called into action on more than one occasion, but they held firm to claim a crucial victory. 

The travelling army of Irish fans turned the game into a home contest for Brian Kerr's men and they started the game at a rate of knots, with Steve Finnan seeing an early shot charged down and Elliott stabbing an effort wide following a probing cross from Graham Kavanagh.

Ireland's impressive start yielded the opening goal on six minutes, with Elliott lashing home on the turn after a lofted ball from Robbie Keane fell invitingly into his path.

The goal jolted Cyprus into action, with Shay Given called on to make a clutch of impressive saves in a frantic spell.

Yiannakis Okkas was the man frustrated by Given on more than one occasion. The Newcastle shot-stopper made a fine save with his legs on 13 minutes and then pulled off a fabulous penalty stop.

Okkas tumbled in the box under challenge from Richard Dunne and dusted himself down to take the spot-kick, but he was left in a state of bewilderment as Given flung himself to his right to claw the ball away.

Chrysis Michael was the next to call Given into action, with the keeper showing solid handling to pull in a shot at full stretch, while the keeper tipped over a drive from Okkas to keep Ireland in the ascendancy.

Goalmouth action was at a premium after the interval, although substitute Yiasoumis Yiasoumi wasted a gilt-edged chance when slicing wildly off target following an error from Stephen Carr.

At the other end, Kevin Kilbane headed wide and Robbie Keane saw a clipped shot cleared off the line by Lambros Lambrou as the Irish failed to kill off the contest.

The Cypriots forced Kerr's men onto the back foot late on, but they held on to claim the three points which sets them up perfectly for Wednesday's crucial clash with Switzerland.

The Irish may have to take on the Swiss without key winger Damien Duff who limped out of the contest on the hour with a knee complaint.

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CyprusTeam StatisticsRepublic of Ireland
0Goals1
01st Half Goals1
9Shots on Target2
9Shots off Target4
4Blocked Shots1
8Corners6
10Fouls17
4Offsides0
2Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
73.4Passing Success64.4
20Tackles27
60Tackles Success63
47.9Possession52.1
49.1Territorial Advantage50.9

Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Sat 8th Oct - Group F
    Sat 8th Oct - Group E
    Sat 8th Oct - Group A
    Sat 8th Oct - Group C
    • Russia
      5 - 1
      Luxembourg
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    • Slovakia
      1 - 0
      Estonia
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    • Portugal
      2 - 1
      Liechtenstein
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    Sat 8th Oct - Group H
    Sat 8th Oct - Group B
    Sat 8th Oct - Group D
    Sat 8th Oct - Group G

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 and Herzegovina 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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