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Millennium Stadium (ATT 24,619) 17th November 2007 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: O Oriekhov

Wales Wales vs Republic of Ireland Rep Ireland

Wales grab late draw

Late leveller denies Ireland victory

By Graeme Bailey.   Last Updated: 17/11/07 5:38pm

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Koumas: On target

Koumas: On target

Wales scored a last-minute penalty to seal a 2-2 draw with Republic of Ireland in their Euro 2008 qualifier at The Millennium Stadium.

Ireland had looked like finishing their qualifying campaign on a high as Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle had put them 2-1 up after Jason Koumas had headed Wales in front.

However, in the final minute substitute David Cotterill broke clear and was hauled down by Paul McShane and referee Oleg Oriekhov pointed straight to the spot.

Koumas stepped up to send Shay Given the wrong way and deny Ireland the victory they just about deserved.

Welsh hopes were hardly helped inside a Millennium Stadium that was little more than a third full.

Neal Eardley found himself up against Celtic's flying winger Aiden McGeady and he had tough baptism early on. McGeady's run and cross presented Keane with a great chance, but his header was saved by Wayne Hennessey, who was again tested by the Irish skipper just moments later from 20 yards.

Koumas, skipper Simon Davies and Carl Fletcher combined well to allow Chris Gunter a run and cross from the left, but Joe Ledley miskicked from six yards out.

First blood

Wales then drew first blood on 23 minutes. Ledley got past Steve Finnan after with a clever change of pace before cutting back to lift a fine cross into the box where Koumas headed down and away from a stranded Given.

Three minutes later it was Ledley again creating the danger with a cross which deflected off Kevin Kilbane straight into Fletcher's path, but the midfielder held his head in his hands after blazing over from 10 yards.

The Irish responded with the equaliser after 31 minutes. Doyle threaded a pass through to Keane who raced clear and lifted his effort over Hennessey.

Wales put Ledley into a more central role after the break, with Koumas on the left, and they seemed intent on reclaiming the initiative they had slowly lost to the Irish in the first period.

It took a fine Given tip-over two minutes into the half to stop a deflected Eastwood header dropping into the net. Then Davies saw a 20-yard shot deflected inches over.

The Irish soon replaced Liam Miller with Stephen Hunt and the Reading midfielder made a huge difference.

WIth his first touch Hunt set up the Republic's second goal. He got away down the left and sent in a curling, low cross for his club-mate Doyle to slide in off the far post.

Wales looked for a leveller and Given had to make a flying save to turn away a 25-yard shot from Koumas.

Wales sent on Cotterill for Eardley with 10 minutes left and, as with Ireland, the substitute created the second goal.

Late drama

Into the final minute Cotterill chased down a long ball and got ahead of McShane and as the pair reached the box the Sunderland defender hauled Cotterill back.

Ukrainian referee Oriekhov gave the penalty and Koumas stepped up to blast it past Given.

Ireland have now finished their disappointing campaign on 17 points - well behind the top two of Germany and Czech Republic, whilst Wales complete their fixtures on Wednesday with a trip to Munich.


WalesTeam StatisticsRepublic of Ireland 
11st Half Goals1 
5Shots on Target4 
5Shots off Target11 
1Blocked Shots3 
1Yellow Cards1 
0Red Cards0 
79.2Passing Success76.6 
80Tackles Success84.6 
52.7Territorial Advantage47.3 

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  • European Championship Qualifying

    Sat 17th Nov - Group A
    Sat 17th Nov - Group D
    Sat 17th Nov - Group F
    Sat 17th Nov - Group G
    • Bulgaria
      1 - 0
    • Albania
      2 - 4
    • Netherlands
      1 - 0
    Sat 17th Nov - Group E
    Sat 17th Nov - Group B
    Sat 17th Nov - Group C


European Championship Qualifying Group A

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 30
2 Turkey 10 17
3 Belgium 10 15
4 Austria 10 12
5 Azerbaijan 10 7
6 Kazakhstan 10 4

European Championship Qualifying Group B

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 23
2 Republic of Ireland 10 21
3 Armenia 10 17
4 Slovakia 10 15
5 Macedonia 10 8
6 Andorra 10 0

European Championship Qualifying Group C

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 26
2 Estonia 10 16
3 Serbia 10 15
4 Slovenia 10 14
5 Northern Ireland 10 9
6 Faroe Islands 10 4

European Championship Qualifying Group D

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France 10 21
2 Bosnia 10 20
3 Romania 10 14
4 Belarus 10 13
5 Albania 10 9
6 Luxembourg 10 4

European Championship Qualifying Group E

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 27
2 Sweden 10 24
3 Hungary 10 19
4 Finland 10 10
5 Moldova 10 9
6 San Marino 10 0

European Championship Qualifying Group F

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Greece 10 24
2 Croatia 10 22
3 Israel 10 16
4 Latvia 10 11
5 Georgia 10 10
6 Malta 10 1

European Championship Qualifying Group G

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 8 18
2 Montenegro 8 12
3 Switzerland 8 11
4 Wales 8 9
5 Bulgaria 8 5

European Championship Qualifying Group H

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Denmark 8 19
2 Portugal 8 16
3 Norway 8 16
4 Iceland 8 4
5 Cyprus 8 2

European Championship Qualifying Group I

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 24
2 Czech Republic 8 13
3 Scotland 8 11
4 Lithuania 8 5
5 Liechtenstein 8 4