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

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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.

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WalesTeam StatisticsRepublic of Ireland 
2Goals2 
11st Half Goals1 
5Shots on Target4 
5Shots off Target11 
1Blocked Shots3 
8Corners6 
12Fouls13 
3Offsides1 
1Yellow Cards1 
0Red Cards0 
79.2Passing Success76.6 
30Tackles13 
80Tackles Success84.6 
46.5Possession53.5 
52.7Territorial Advantage47.3 
    
    
    
    

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Matches

  • European Championship Qualifying

    Sat 17th Nov - Group A
    Sat 17th Nov - Group D
    Sat 17th Nov - Group F
    Sat 17th Nov - Group G
    Sat 17th Nov - Group E
    Sat 17th Nov - Group B
    Sat 17th Nov - Group C

Tables

European Championship Qualifying Group A

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Iceland 3 9
2 Czech Republic 3 9
3 Netherlands 3 3
4 Latvia 3 2
5 Kazakhstan 3 1
6 Turkey 3 1

European Championship Qualifying Group B

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wales 3 7
2 Israel 2 6
3 Belgium 2 4
4 Cyprus 3 3
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 2
6 Andorra 3 0

European Championship Qualifying Group C

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Slovakia 3 9
2 Spain 3 6
3 Ukraine 3 6
4 Macedonia 3 3
5 Belarus 3 1
6 Luxembourg 3 1

European Championship Qualifying Group D

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Poland 3 7
2 Republic of Ireland 3 7
3 Scotland 3 4
4 Germany 3 4
5 Georgia 3 3
6 Gibraltar 3 0

European Championship Qualifying Group E

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 3 9
2 Slovenia 3 6
3 Lithuania 3 6
4 Switzerland 3 3
5 Estonia 3 3
6 San Marino 3 0

European Championship Qualifying Group F

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Northern Ireland 3 9
2 Romania 3 7
3 Finland 3 4
4 Hungary 3 4
5 Greece 3 1
6 Faroe Islands 3 0

European Championship Qualifying Group G

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Austria 3 7
2 Russia 3 5
3 Sweden 3 5
4 Montenegro 3 4
5 Moldova 3 1
6 Liechtenstein 3 1

European Championship Qualifying Group H

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Croatia 3 9
2 Italy 3 9
3 Norway 3 6
4 Bulgaria 3 3
5 Malta 3 0
6 Azerbaijan 3 0

European Championship Qualifying Group I

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Albania 2 4
2 Denmark 3 4
3 Portugal 2 3
4 Serbia 1 1
5 Armenia 2 1

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