Saturday May 31, 2014 Friendlies Finished Craven Cottage

  1. World Cup - Ireland and Italy draw in Craven Cottage friendly

    World Cup - Ireland and Italy draw in Craven Cottage friendly

    Italy midfielder Riccardo Montolivo suffered a broken leg in the Azzurri's goalless draw with the Republic of Ireland. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Italy
    • Republic of Ireland
    • 90'+1 Full-time at Craven Cottage, and it ends Italy 0-0 Republic of Ireland despite 30 shots on goal. Some good stuff from Ireland, some injury worries for Italy and Riccardo Montolivo in particular.
    • 90+2' Prandelli and O'Neill prowl the technical area for the final minute of the game.
    • 90'+1 Italy build from the back, as the Irish fans cockiy sing "You'll Never Beat the Irish" with two minutes still to go. Ward concedes a corner, which Pearce clears for a second corner. Cerci then shoots over following a short corner.
    • 90' De Sciglio has plenty of time to cross from the left, but overhits the ball and it goes out for a goal kick. Three additional minutes at Craven Cottage.
    • 89' McClean's cross towards Cox is cleared, then after good work from McGeady, Sirigu saves Cox's cross to the near post.
    • 88' Ireland have had 16 shots on goal from 36% possession.
    • 87' De Sciglio clears McGeady's corner at the second attempt. Ignazio Abate comes on for Darmian, who has cramp.
    • 86' De Rossi blocks McClean by the corner flag and Ireland win a corner.
    • 85' McClean is annoyed that the assistant referee ruled that a throw should be given to Italy. Cerci's through ball down the middle is watched by Pearce and gathered by Forde.
    • 83' Cox fouls Bonucci and Italy have the free-kick, but no-one is at the far post to get on the end of Darmian's cross. Paul Green is coming on for Meyler.
    • 81' Cassano's cross to Cerci is knocked back but Marchisio blazes over.
    • 80' Ireland fans are singing the name of their (Celtic-bound?) assistant manager Roy Keane now.
    • 79' Cerci and Cassano are ruled offside from an Italy break down the left.
    • 78' Quinn hits the bar from McClean's low cross from the left, then Sirigu saves McGeady's follow-up effort. Chance of the game so far.
    • 77' Ireland fans are in good voice now - the first chorus of 'The Fields of Athenry', the song that sounded so amazing when sung against Spain in that 4-0 thumping at Euro 2012.
    • 76' Cassano has looked really good since he came on. The game is starting to drift a bit now though - but it has been entertaining enough for a scoreless draw.
    • 75' McClean is pulled down by Verratti and Ireland win a free-kick. The crowd at Craven Cottage is announced - 22,879.
    • 74' Parolo's shot from Coleman's clearance is deflected for a corner. O'Shea heads clear Cassano's corner.
    • 73' McClean's cross from the left finds McGeady, but the Everton winger fails to get a true connection with his header and Paletta is able to clear.
    • 72' Shane Long is replaced by Simon Cox up front for Ireland.
    • 71' Italy win the ball back, but Pearce and Ward between them cut out Cassano's cross towards Cerci.
    • 70' O'Shea at full stretch cuts out Marchisio's cross into the six-yard box. Coleman then breaks for Ireland.
    • 69' An ambitious volleyed cross from De Sciglio sails well over Forde's bar. Rossi comes off to be replaced by Torino's Cerci.
    • 68' Ireland have a few men in the area but McClean's cross is too near to Sirigu.
    • 67' Coleman and McGeady break, and Darmian at the far post clears under pressure from McClean.
    • 66' Quinn replaces Hoolahan, who gets warm applause from the Ireland fans.
    • 65' Cassano's wall pass sets up Marchisio but the Juventus midfielder shoots weakly at Forde.
    • 64' Simon Cox and Stephen Quinn are warming up for Ireland. De Sciglio does well to keep out McClean, but then McGeady's shot from the second phase is well over.
    • 63' Cassano sets up De Sciglio down the right but the cross evades a blue shirt in the area.
    • 62' The ball almost breaks to Marchisio in the six-yard box but Forde is again quick to gather.
    • 61' Daniele De Rossi comes on for Motta.
    • 60' Cassano drops the shoulder and shoots but Pearce blocks and concedes a corner. Bonucci then heads over Verratti's corner at the near post.
    • 59' Antonio Cassano is on for his first appearance since the Euro 2012 final. His corner is headed clear at the near post.
    • 58' Computer crashed there. You've missed a chance from Long after a good break by Hoolahan, and a couple of substitutions. Immobile is off after a quiet match, and James McClean is on for Pilkington.
    • 52' McGeady wins the corner off De Sciglio after a one-two with Long. It comes to nothing though.
    • 51' More news on Montolivo...
    • 50' This is a very good start to the second half for Ireland. But Italy break through Marchisio, then Motta's shot is charged down.
    • 49' Hoolahan nicks the ball off Motta and sets up Long, but Sirigu does well to save to his left. Pilkington then has a snapshot wide.
    • 48' Long breaks and tries to put in McGeady, but Bonucci is able to intercept.
    • 47' The flag is up against Pilkington, who has moved to the left flank.
    • 45+5' That is half-time. Some good stuff from Ireland but for Italy, there could be World Cup heartache for Montolivo.
    • 45+4' Hoolahan breaks and tries a 40-yard chip as there is no-one to pass to but it goes well wide.
    • 45+3' Marchisio's cross towards Immobile is headed clear by O'Shea.
    • 45+2' Some good possession football from Italy but Ireland now have 11 men behind the ball.
    • 45+1' Long breaks down the right but then Hoolahan misplaces a pass to Pilkington and the impetus is lost.
    • 45' Five minutes of additional time, as Darmian's volleyed cross deflects straight at Forde.
    • 44' Immobile drops off Pearce but he is unable to get a connection on the ball and Forde is able to block.
    • 43' Long nicks the ball off Bonucci but Italy soon have men behind the ball and Hendrick's shot is optimistic and over the bar.
    • 42' Aquilani got injured when he banged his head while going for a challenge with Ward. He looks quite upset on the bench.
    • 41' Hendrick hacks at the ankles of Verratti and concedes a free-kick.
    • 40' O'Shea does well to hold up Immobile in the area after Pearce had been beaten by a long ball over the top.
    • 39' Rossi's corner is cleared by Meyler then Immobile's volley is blocked on the edge of the area.
    • 38' Marchisio sets up Darmian down the right, but O'Shea clears then McGeady concedes a corner.
    • 37' Marco Parolo comes on for Aquilani.
    • 36' Rossi tries a one-two on the edge of the box but Pearce tackles.
    • 35' Ireland have been sprightly so far - Pilkington in particular has looked sharp.
    • 34' Aquilani is in real trouble with his eye here - he is getting treatment on the pitch now.
    • 33' McGeady skips past Paletta to the byline and his cross to Long at the far post is perfect, but Sirigu does well to punch the header clear.
    • 32' Aquilani fouls Ward down the left, but Motta is able to clear under pressure from Meyler.
    • 31' Aquilani fouls Hoolahan on the halfway line, and the ball finds Coleman down the right, then Ward's cross from the left is dangerous but there is no Ireland shirt in the six-yard box.
    • 30' Long runs at Paletta down the left and wins the corner. Hoolahan's corner is cleared and Hendrick's second ball shot is wide of the Italy goal.
    • 29' McGeady runs across the area but cannot find Long, then Pilkington sees a shot blocked from 18 yards. Good passage of play from Ireland.
    • 28' Aquilani seems to have something in his eye, which the Italy physio is trying to sort out on the touchline.
    • 27' McGeady does a couple of fancy turns down the left then loses the ball. McGeady's career in microcosm...
    • 26' David Meyler tries a snapshot from 35 yards on the left after good work from Coleman and Hoolahan.
    • 25' Marchisio loses the ball on the edge of the Ireland area following a poor De Sciglio pass.
    • 24' Coleman tries to find Long but again the Italy defence are able to clear.
    • 23' Coleman intercepts a ball from Motta and concedes a throw. Italy are seeing plenty of the ball here.
    • 22' Hendrick brings down Rossi after a mistake by Coleman. Nothing comes of the Italy free-kick, however.
    • 22' Darmian controls the ball and takes out Ward 30 yards from goal, but his shot is skewed and screwed wide.
    • 21' The referee actually gives a free-kick for an earlier foul in the build up on Hendrick, and Pilkington's dipped free-kick is saved well by Sirigu.
    • 20' Offside - when that could have been a penalty! Hendrick sets up Long who is pulled down by Sirigu.
    • 19' Ward's deep cross to the far post is overhit and Long is unable to recycle the ball.
    • 18' The ball is pinged into the box but Long is unable to control. The first chorus of 'Ole, Ole' from the Ireland fans is heard.
    • 17' Wrong tweet from Ken..this is the one I meant to post.
    • 16' Marchisio is just unable to keep a Verratti chip in play and it is a throw in for Ireland.
    • 15' Oh dear - this does not look good.
    • 14' Before Italy fans start abusing Pearce, by the way, it was a fair tackle from the Reading centre-back.
    • 13' Montolivo's leg is now in a brace - is this a precaution or is this his World Cup over?
    • 12' Fiorentina's Alberto Aquilani is coming on for Montolivo.
    • 11' Prandelli turns away in frustration as Montolivo is going to have to come off. You really hope the Milan midfielder's World Cup hopes are not over.
    • 10' McGeady gets to the by-line an De Sciglio concedes the corner. Pilkington's header at the near post is straight at Sirigu.
    • 9' Hoolahan handballs Verratti's free-kick and Italy have a free-kick 30 yards out. Ward heads clear the second free-kick.
    • 46' No changes at the start of the second half, as Martin O'Neill runs to the dug out after coming late out of the dressing-room.
    • 7' Coleman boots the ball long but it is too long for..erm..Long and Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu gathers.
    • 6' Italy are playing a very high line and Immobile almost nicks the ball off Forde on the edge of the area. This is a good start from Prandelli's side.
    • 5' Immobile seems to be the point of the attack with Rossi in the withdrawn role. Claudio Marchisio then breaks and shoots from 35 yards but Forde does well to tip over.
    • 4' Forde's clearance is poor and the ball back in from Verratti eventually drops to Immobile but the Torino striker's first touch is poor and Forde is out quickly to gather.
    • 3' Pilkington makes a good tackle on Darmain down the left to concede a corner. Rossi's corner is volleyed by Immobile but Ward clears.
    • 2' Early pressure from Ireland, but McGeady loses the ball deep in the Italy half and Motta is able to break.
    • 1' Ireland are in black, Italy in blue shirts and white shorts. And we are off.
    • 19:45 Gianluigi Buffon on the bench has his arms around Andrea Pirlo, and is belting out the anthem.
    • 19:44 A very understated chorus of Amhran na bhFiann - Ireland fans are definitely outnumbered by the Italians tonight. Now here we go with the jaunty Il Canto degli Italiani.
    • 19:39 Stephen Ward and Aiden McGeady are the only players to have started all five games under Martin O'Neill.
    • 19:35 John O'Shea captains Ireland in Robbie Keane's absence, and he will be joined in defence by Alex Pearce, with Seamus Coleman on the right and Stephen Ward on the left. David Meyler and Anthony Pilkington are given rare starts in midfield, while Wes Hoolahan is in the hole behind strker Shane Long.
    • 19:34 There could be a big crowd here on the banks of the Thames tonight. The Italy fans are noisy, the Ireland fans aren't in the ground yet.
    • 19:33 The England management team are at Craven Cottage tonight to watch their World Cup opponents Italy, who they face in Manaus on 14 June. Either that or...
    • 19:30 Italy's Under-21s certainly seem to be doing the business for senior team manager Cesare Prandelli.
    • 19:20 Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile is joined up front by Fiorentina's Giuseppe Rossi, who suffered a knee injury in January that ruled him out for four months.
    • 19:18 Paris St-Germain's Salvatore Sirigu in goal for Italy, with Gianluigi Buffon rested. Gabriel Paletta, Leonardo Bonucci and Mattia De Sciglio are joined in defence by Torino's Matteo Darmian. PSG's Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta are joined in midfield by Claudio Marchisio and Riccardo Montolivo.
    • 19:15 This is the second of four end-of-season friendlies for Ireland. Martin O'Neill's side were beaten 2-1 at home to Turkey on Sunday, and they travel to the United States next week to face Costa Rica and Portugal.
    • 19:10 Italy have failed to win any of their last five games in all competitions since a 2-1 victory over Czech Republic in a World Cup qualifier in September 2013.
    • 19:05 Though, given the number of substitutes Italy have, half of that crowd may actually be sitting on the bench tonight!
    • 19:00 There were a lot of Italy fans outside Craven Cottage earlier to await the Azzurri team bus.
    • 18:55 ITALY: Sirigu; Darmian, de Sciglio, Paletta, Bonucci; Motta, Verratti, Montolivo, Marchisio; Rossi, Immobile...Subs: To Follow./// REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Forde, Coleman, O'Shea, Pearce, Ward, McGeady, Hendrick, Meyler, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Long...Subs: To Follow.
    • 18:50 Hello and welcome to Eurosport's coverage of the international friendly between Italy and the Republic of Ireland from Craven Cottage, London. This is Nick Royle (@nickaroyle) bringing you all the action from Fulham.
  • Summary

    • 18:55 ITALY: Sirigu; Darmian, de Sciglio, Paletta, Bonucci; Motta, Verratti, Montolivo, Marchisio; Rossi, Immobile...Subs: To Follow./// REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Forde, Coleman, O'Shea, Pearce, Ward, McGeady, Hendrick, Meyler, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Long...Subs: To Follow.

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