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  1. International friendlies - Wales and Ireland draw blanks in Cardiff

    International friendlies - Wales and Ireland draw blanks in Cardiff

    Wales and Republic of Ireland played out a goalless draw in an international friendly of few chances in Cardiff. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Wales
    • Republic of Ireland
    • 90'+3 That is full-time at the Cardiff City Stadium, and it ends Wales 0-0 Republic of Ireland. Wales will be pleased to record their first clean sheet in 12 games. For Ireland, Paddy Madden did well on his debut and could have won the game in the 80th minute.
    • 90'+2 The game is definitely drifting out to the draw now. Neither side looking that keen on snatching a late winner.
    • 90'+1 Williams and Vokes look to break but Ireland soon have seven men behind the ball.
    • 90' Three added minutes at the Cardiff City Stadium.
    • 89' Myhill makes a mess of a cross from the left, but Madden hurries the chance and shoots over the Wales goal.
    • 88' Wales win a corner thanks to more good work from Neil Taylor. Johnny Williams' corner is too long and McClean clears.
    • 87' Taylor has a chance on the edge of the box but Wilson does well to block, then Green makes a fine covering tackle on the loose ball.
    • 86' Wales skipper Ashley Williams is named man-of-the-match.
    • 85' Andrew Crofts of Brighton replaces Allen.
    • 84' Keogh is fed by Sammon down the right but Davies makes a good tackle.
    • 83' Connor Sammon replaces Jon Walters for Ireland.
    • 81' Bolton's Craig Davies replaces Collison.
    • 80' Madden is then denied by another good save from Myhill.
    • 79' Myhill makes a great save from Madden after Walters cuts the ball back from the left, then Williams does well to deny McCarthy.
    • 78' Madden gets in another header to set up McClean, but the Derry man's first touch is horribly heavy and Myhill fields.
    • 77' Davies gets on the ball in the area from an Allen long pass, but Vokes drags the cutback wide.
    • 76' This game is ambling out to a draw. It is pretty turgid stuff now. We have had two shots on target in 76 minutes.
    • 75' Vokes heads on a long ball but Taylor is unable to reach the flick on the edge of the area.
    • 74' Jon Walters takes the Irish captaincy armband.
    • 72' Another substitution, with Neil Taylor replacing Robson-Kanu. Andy Keogh comes on for Long for Ireland.
    • 71' McClean beats his defender down the left but Myhill catches his cross at the near post.
    • 70' That is Ireland's first shot on target after eight previous attempts.
    • 69' Myhill produces a superb block to deny Long from close range, after the Ireland striker barges past Ricketts to get on the end of Madden's header.
    • 68' Madden replaces the ineffectual Hoolahan.
    • 67' Collison's free-kick is straight at the wall, and Johnny Williams shoots the loose ball wide.
    • 66' Paddy Madden is coming on for his debut. King wins a free-kick after being fouled by Walters on the edge of the area.
    • 65' This is a nothing game, but Long is still putting himself about with a meaty challenge on Ashley Williams.
    • 64' Ashley Williams tries a ball from the back towards Vokes, but he puts the pass straight out of play.
    • 63' Green comes in with an emphatic boot to clear a Robson-Kanu flick.
    • 62' The game has lost its fluency now with that plethora of substitutions. Not that there was much fluency in the first place.
    • 60' Vokes looks like he will give Wales an aerial option, and the Welsh look a little more engaged now.
    • 59' Vokes replaces Bellamy. Andy King comes on for Ledley. Paul Green comes on for Whelan, while Darren O'Dea replaces O'Shea.
    • 58' Johnny Williams finds Bellamy down the right but O'Shea clears. Collison then overhits a pass to Bellamy.
    • 57' Lots of movement on the benches. Sam Vokes is likely to replace Bellamy. Paul McShane is also getting stripped.
    • 56' McClean's corner is met by Long, who heads over.
    • 55' Walters wins the ball after a mistake by Joe Allen, but Ashley Williams clears for a corner.
    • 54' Bellamy lines up the free-kick and has Westwood scrambling to save. That is the first effort of the game on target!
    • 53' Ireland have started the half as brightly as they did the first. Johnny Williams wins a foul off Whelan 35 yards from goal.
    • 52' Hoolahan almost finds Long down the right channel, but Ashley Williams manages to get a boot on the ball. Davies then wins the ball from Walters in the area. Walters gets a blow to his head for his troubles.
    • 51' McCarthy tries to find Long with an expansive crossfield ball, but Myhill gets to the ball first.
    • 50' McClean's outswinging corner is met by Wilson, but the Stoke defender heads over.
    • 49' Ricketts stretches to clear from Hoolahan as the Norwich player looks to get on the end of Long's low ball from the left.
    • 48' Williams can only get a glancing header on Bellamy's corner, then the Wales captain is unable to get onto an Allen cross from the left.
    • 47' Joe Allen almost finds a Wales shirt with a scuffed pass, but Wilson is able to clear. Whelan clears for a corner.
    • 46' Williams clears Coleman's low cross from the right, and Myhill easily deals with the corner.
    • 46' Wales kick off the second half. No changes for them.
    • - James McClean replaces Robbie Brady for Ireland.
    • - Alan Kelly is talking through tactics with James McClean on the touchline, so expect the Wigan winger on soon.
    • 45' Bellamy finds Davies with a short low corner, but the Swansea full-back snatches his shot wide. And that is HALF-TIME.
    • 44' Bellamy fnds Williams down the left channel, but Coleman is quickly back to concede the corner.
    • 43' Ireland look really comfortable on the ball, though the final pass is still lacking.
    • 42' Coleman is unable to run onto a one-two behind Davies. In truth, it was a heavy pass from Walters.
    • 41' Hoolahan breals down the right, but his pass to Long is poor.
    • 40' Brady shows great footwork to beat Ricketts on the edge of the box from a Long touch, but his curling shot is just wide of Myhill's goal.
    • 38' Long also receives a yellow for his part in the Williams' incident.
    • 37' Whelan fouls as he looks to run onto the second ball following a poor clearance of Coleman's cross from the right.
    • 36' Ashley Williams has been shown a yellow card, for unsporting behaviour.
    • 35' Ledley breaks down the left but is easily marshalled by O'Shea. Johnny Williams then slices a shot from 30 yards wide of Westwood's goal.
    • 34' The TV cameras zone in on Bale just as they are plugging their La Liga coverage. Careful now!
    • 33' Whelan easily heads Bellamy's corner away at the near post.
    • 32' Bellamy tries a shot after being set up by Williams, and wins a corner off O'Shea.
    • 31' Johnny Williams hurries Hoolahan outside the area, but the ball goes back to Westwood, who clears.
    • 30' Walters and Brady have swapped wings, with Brady now on the right and Walters the left.
    • 29' Walters gives away a cheap foul by the corner flag. He complains to referee Pavel Kralovec, who rightly is having none of that nonsense.
    • 28' Long sets up Walters on the edge of the box, and the Stoke City forward drops the shoulder on Ricketts, but his snapshop is wide of Myhill's goal.
    • 27' Collison and Robson-Kanu try to bulldoze their way through a packed Ireland defence, and O'Shea clears.
    • 25' Ireland look like they have a little more creativity than the Welsh. Long and Brady look particularly sharp.
    • 24' Long gets his feet all wrong after the ball is crossed low by McCarthy from the right, and he shoots over the bar. The WBA striker knows that was bad miss.
    • 23' Ireland break with Brady, who is set up by a flick from Long, but the Hull winger shoots high over the ball.
    • 22' At last, a chance. Robbie Brady controls the second ball in the area and sets up Glenn Whelan, who drags his shot wide to the right of Myhill's goal.
    • 21' Williams creates space and feeds Bellamy, who feels that he is pushed by O'Shea on the edge of the box.
    • 20' Ledley almost combines with Johnny Williams on the edge of the box, but the Crystal Palace player is unable to feed the Celtic midfielder.
    • 19' Ireland win a free-kick in midfield. Coleman's cross is well caught by Wales goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, under pressure from Long.
    • 18' Allen tries a pass in the left hand channel but Wilson is well positioned to clear.
    • 17' Bellamy, tight on the touchline, sets Robson-Kanu free down the left with a deft backheel which just evades the Reading winger.
    • 16' Williams claims he is impeded as Long wins the header on the right-hand area of the box, but no free-kick is given and Ricketts clears anyway.
    • 15' Bellamy drops off the shoulder of O'Shea on the edge of the area, but is rightly judged offside.
    • 14' Bellamy wins a corner, and Westwood doesn't look convincing on the set-piece, but O'Shea heads clear under pressure from Williams.
    • 13' Williams almost finds Bellamy but the ball hits the heels of Coleman on the right hand edge of the area.
    • 12' More good possession from Wales, with Gunter down the right, but the Irish midfield stays strong and the ball is forced back to Ricketts on the halfway line.
    • 11' Coleman intercepts a cross-field ball from Joe Allen, but is immediately tackled by Davies on the left.
    • 10' Joe Ledley fouls Hoolahan, and the free-kick finds Coleman on the right, but he is unable to beat his defender on the edge of the area.
    • 9' Johnny Williams looks very sharp for Wales, but he is immediately fouled by Ciaran Clark.
    • 8' Hal Robson-Kanu breaks down the left for Wales but McCarthy wins the ball.
    • 7' The ball possession stats at the moment are, and I'm guessing here, about 70-30 in Ireland's favour.
    • 6' Walters is coming in from the right to link up with Long in the early stages. Ireland look comfortable on the ball and Wilson finds Hoolahan on the left, but his cross to the far post is poor.
    • 5' Long is found by Walters on the right, but his cross from the right does not find Hoolahan. A good moment for Long though, in finding space on the right.
    • 3' Westwood tries a long ball down the centre. Ben Davies deals with the ball comfortably.
    • 2' There is not a lot happening in the opening minutes. Wes Hoolahan looks busy for Ireland, trying to chase down Ashley Williams.
    • 1' Ireland in black kick off, and the ball almost immediately goes back to Westwood.
    • 19:46 A rousing rendition of the anthem by Wyn Davies. We are almost ready for kick-off now.
    • 19:44 The Irish national anthem is met with warm applause. Then the PA play it again instead of Land of My Fathers, to jeers from the crowd.
    • 19:41 The Ireland team are waiting for the Welsh in the tunnel. Finally the Wales players arrive, wearing what seems to be the Melchester Rovers kit of 1984.
    • 19:40 Right Here, Right Now by Fat Boy Slim is blaring out over the PA. The only problem is that there is hardly anyone Here, Right Now. Vast numbers of empty seats five minutes ahead of kick off.
    • 19:35 Gareth Bale is in the ground and will be watching the game from the stands, by the way.
    • 19:30 Craig Bellamy wins his 74th cap for Wales tonight, going past Ian Rush and Peter Nicholas in the all-time appearances' list. It is the 13th meeting between the sides. Wales and Ireland have each won five games, with two draws.
    • 19:25 The Republic of Ireland face Sweden in Dublin on 6 September, then Austria away four days later in World Cup qualifying group C. Ireland, Austria and Sweden are all on 11 points from six games. Wales are fourth in Group A, ten points behind second placed Croatia. They face Macedonia on 6 September followed by a home tie with Serbia.
    • 19:20 There are very few people in the stadium just 25 minutes before kick-off. Fewer than 10,000 are expected at the Cardiff City Stadium in the absence of Bale, and at the moment the Irish fans are outnumbering the Welsh supporters.
    • 19:15 WALES: Myhill, Gunter, Ricketts, A Williams (c), Davies, Allen, Collison, J Williams, Ledley, Bellamy, Robson-Kanu....Subs: Hennessey, Craig Davies, Gabbidon, Taylor, Matthews, Vaughan, King, Vokes, Church, Crofts, Richards, Fon Williams.///REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Westwood, Coleman, Clark, O'Shea (c), Wilson, Walters, McCarthy, Whelan, Brady, Hoolahan, Long. Subs: Randolph, Kelly, O'Dea, McShane, Green, Hendrick, Andy Keogh, McClean, Meyler, Sammon, Madden, Henderson
    • 19:10 Wales manager Chris Coleman feels that Ireland are a good model for his country to follow, and thinks that success in qualifying for major tournaments creates a certain momentum. "We spoke about Ireland today. Until they qualified under Jack (Charlton), they'd never done it. They got over that hurdle, and they've been there or thereabouts consistently and kept that momentum. We have to break that barrier,"
    • 19:05 Ireland skipper John O'Shea wins his 90th cap tonight and feels the squad has improved in the last year. "You can see the development, with players winning promotion. But they've had other experiences too. From the young players' point of view, they've tasted both highs and lows internationally and it's not always from the good times that you learn more about yourself.," he said.
    • 19:00 Robbie Keane misses this game due to LA Galaxy commitments, but Trapattoni insists that he is still a first-choice starter ahead of Hoolahan. When asked whether Hoolahan could start in the World Cup qualifier against Sweden, Trap replied: "At the moment, no. Robbie scored a goal last week and Robbie has the experience. I have said many times that Robbie can play a little bit behind the striker."
    • 18:55 Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has selected a team which includes 10 players that are likely to play regularly in the Premier League this season. Wes Hoolahan will start as the attacking midfielder in a 4-4-1-1 formation, behind Shane Long and in front of Glenn Whelan and James McCarthy. Sunderland's Keiren Westwood starts in goal in the absence of the injured David Forde.
    • 18:50 Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale has been ruled out of the Wales side with a foot injury despite being named in the squad, while Aaron Ramsey (ankle) and James Collins (knee) also miss the match. Wales manager Chris Coleman has had to talk at length in the pre-match news conferences about Bale's rumoured move to Real Madrid. "Whatever is going to happen is up to Tottenham and Gareth. We have picked the squad, and he is in it."
    • 18:45 Hello and welcome to Eurosport's coverage of the international friendly between Wales and the Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium. This is Nick Royle (@nickaroyle) taking you through the night's action.
  • Summary

    • 38' Long also receives a yellow for his part in the Williams' incident.
    • 36' Ashley Williams has been shown a yellow card, for unsporting behaviour.

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