Sunday, May 22, 2022

Republic of Ireland slump to home Luxembourg defeat

Gerson Rodrigues scored the game's only goal after 85 minutes
Gerson Rodrigues scored the sport’s solely objective after 85 minutes

The Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying hopes have been dealt an enormous blow as they slumped to a disastrous 1-0 home defeat by Luxembourg.

Gerson Rodrigues struck an excellent Eighty fifth-minute winner from distance for the guests.

James Collins missed the Republic’s clearest probability after 18 minutes with Alan Browne heading broad on 54.

The end result leaves the Republic backside of Group A and already on the again foot with out a level from two video games.

The Irish trigger was not helped by Serbia, who recovered from going 2-0 down to salvage a 2-2 draw towards group favourites Portugal.

Having misplaced to Serbia, there was strain on the Republic to choose up three factors at home towards a facet ranked 56 locations decrease than them.

The recreation additionally seemed a wonderful probability for Stephen Kenny to earn his first win in his tenth recreation as Republic supervisor towards a crew who had solely ever received three away World Cup or European Championship qualifiers.

While it was Luxembourg’s first qualifying win away from home since September 2008, it’s the first time the Republic have began a World Cup qualifying marketing campaign with two straight defeats since their bid to attain the finals in Mexico in 1970.

It turned out to be one of the worst defeats within the Republic’s soccer historical past because the supervisor’s run of video games with out a win since his appointment final yr continued.

Kenny would have hoped to use this recreation to ignite the Republic’s bid to attain a primary World Cup since 2002, however the method of the end result will solely heap strain on the 49-year-old Dubliner, who has failed to breathe new life into the squad after changing Mick McCarthy final April.

Slow begin

After a sturdy begin to the Serbia recreation that noticed them take the lead after 18 minutes, the Republic took longer to settle in Dublin as Luxembourg demonstrated their counter-attacking prowess, primarily via the spectacular Vincent Thill, who examined Gavin Bazunu early on with a left-footed strike after reducing in from the appropriate flank.

The Republic ought to have taken the lead within the 18th minute on the finish of a transfer that bore similarities to the attacking sequence that created the opener in Belgrade on Wednesday.

Enda Stevens discovered Callum Robinson on the left, who burst previous Marvin Martins and crossed for James Collins, who directed his close-range effort straight at Luxembourgian keeper Anthony Moris.

Kenny is winless after 10 games in charge of the Republic
Kenny is winless after 10 video games in cost of the Republic

The Republic largely failed to trend openings in behind the Luxembourg defence till Robbie Brady’s half-time introduction because the Burnley winger raced in behind down the left inside a minute of the restart earlier than failing to pick Collins.

Brady then delivered a pinpoint free-kick for Alan Browne, who failed to preserve his header on track and Collins almost atoned for his earlier miss when his overhead kick flashed narrowly broad after a Brady cross from the appropriate.

Robinson additionally blazed a shot over from a decent angle on an evening when the Republic managed simply three pictures on track and, outdoors of Collins’ probability, by no means actually seemed like scoring.

Bazunu impresses on debut

Kenny’s line-up confirmed three modifications from Wednesday’s defeat in Belgrade with Derby County midfielder Jason Knight drafted in and Collins rewarded for his goalscoring cameo towards Serbia with a spot up entrance in place of the injured Aaron Connolly.

However, the Republic supervisor’s largest choice name undoubtedly was handing a debut to teenage goalkeeper Bazunu – who was 4 months outdated when the Irish final performed within the World Cup in 2002 – with Mark Travers dropping out.

Kenny praised the Rochdale stopper’s distribution expertise in his pre-match feedback and Bazunu lived up to the billing with the previous Shamrock Rovers man spraying passes left and proper – his chip out to Matt Doherty launched the transfer that culminated in Collins’ probability – whereas displaying the boldness to belt out directions to his defenders.

The younger Dubliner answered the most important query requested by the guests within the first half when he rapidly shuffled again to his line to preserve out Rodrigues’ audacious lob from distance, succeeding the place Travers had failed towards Serbia with the Bournemouth keeper having been chipped by Aleksandar Mitrovic.

And whereas he thwarted Rodrigues within the first half, there was nothing Bazunu may do concerning the Dynamo Kiev man’s rasping right-footed drive that flew into the underside nook.

The late objective turned a irritating night time for the Republic right into a disastrous one and delivered a end result that represents the nadir of the Kenny period and one that may immediate a interval of intense soul-searching inside the deflated Irish camp.

What’s subsequent?

The Republic shut out the worldwide window within the Hungarian metropolis of Debrecen on Tuesday towards World Cup hosts Qatar in a pleasant (19:30 BST).


R. of Ireland

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 16Bazunu
  • 2Coleman
  • 20O’Shea
  • 5ClarkSubstituted forMcCleanat 61′minutes
  • 7DohertySubstituted forBradyat 45′minutes
  • 6Knight
  • 17CullenBooked at 80minsSubstituted forMolumbyat 88′minutes
  • 3StevensBooked at 53mins
  • 8Browne
  • 9CollinsSubstituted forParrottat 88′minutes
  • 12RobinsonSubstituted forLongat 73′minutes


  • 1Travers
  • 4Duffy
  • 10Brady
  • 11McClean
  • 13Hendrick
  • 14Horgan
  • 15Molumby
  • 18Long
  • 19Parrott
  • 21Lenihan
  • 22Christie
  • 23O’Hara


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Moris
  • 22Martins da Graça
  • 2Chanot
  • 3Mahmutovic
  • 18JansBooked at 58mins
  • 8Martins Pereira
  • 11ThillSubstituted forDevilleat 79′minutes
  • 15ThillBooked at 13mins
  • 16Barreiro Martins
  • 10Rodrigues
  • 9SinaniBooked at 53minsSubstituted forGersonat 90+2′minutes


  • 5Bohnert
  • 6Rupil
  • 7Gerson
  • 12Schon
  • 13Dzogovic
  • 14Deville
  • 17Pinto
  • 19Skenderovic
  • 20Muratovic
  • 21Thill
  • 23Fox

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Republic of Ireland 0, Luxembourg 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 0, Luxembourg 1.

  3. Attempt saved. Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) proper footed shot from the appropriate facet of the field is saved within the backside proper nook.

  4. Substitution, Luxembourg. Lars Gerson replaces Danel Sinani.

  5. Offside, Republic of Ireland. Enda Stevens tries a via ball, however Troy Parrott is caught offside.

  6. Attempt missed. Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the field is shut, however misses the highest left nook. Assisted by Séamus Coleman with a cross.

  7. Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Troy Parrott replaces James Collins.

  8. Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Jayson Molumby replaces Josh Cullen.

  9. Foul by James Collins (Republic of Ireland).

  10. Anthony Moris (Luxembourg) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

  11. Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Gerson Rodrigues.

  12. Goal! Republic of Ireland 0, Luxembourg 1. Gerson Rodrigues (Luxembourg) proper footed shot from outdoors the field to the underside left nook.

  13. Foul by Shane Long (Republic of Ireland).

  14. Maxime Chanot (Luxembourg) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

  15. Hand ball by Shane Long (Republic of Ireland).

  16. Séamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

  17. Foul by Maurice Deville (Luxembourg).

  18. Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

  19. Foul by Christopher Martins Pereira (Luxembourg).

  20. Corner, Luxembourg. Conceded by Jason Knight.

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