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SHAY GIVEN - 5/10

Tournament has been a traumatic experience for the netminder. Hard to believe that Ireland's finest 'keeper has proved to be a weak link, yet that's the depressing reality. Caught out badly on the first occasion he was called into action. This would be a terrible way to end his Irish career.

JOHN O'SHEA - 5/10

Defended well in the early resistance, stopping one Italian break with a well-timed interception. But the distribution failed to match the awareness, and he cut the momentum from some decent situations by needlessly punting the ball away. Won't be happy with role in second goal.

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SHANE LONG - 6/10
Came on up front and then switched to the right side of midfield. Aggressive, without ever really wriggling into room in the final third

JON WALTERS - 6/10
Brought on to provide physical outlet and won free kick that almost led to equaliser. Will be fighting for start in September.

SIMON COX - 5/10
Late in the day when he was brought into the fold. No time to impact.

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