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Vincent Hogan: System gamble brings risk but little reward

Published 30/03/2011 | 05:00

The hunch is that Giovanni Trapattoni will pick up the scattered pieces of all this, trim them at the edges, place them in plastic, lock them in a drawer and throw away the key.

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This was a night of wilful, impetuous football, full of blood-rushes and bad choices. While it lasted, it was wonderful. Ireland's skeleton crew punched way beyond their weight and a Uruguay team that briefly scented slaughter ended the night with the humility of men lathered in sweat.

If anything, Trap's boys deserved a draw, though that was always a big ask. Uruguay started nine of the team that played in a World Cup semi-final last summer and, given the depletion of their hosts, you might have thought it a bit like taking heavy artillery to a fish on a harbour wall.

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