Sunday 25 February 2018

Republic of Ireland player ratings

Republic of Ireland's Ciaran Clark, right, endured a torrid afternoon against Belgium
Republic of Ireland's Ciaran Clark, right, endured a torrid afternoon against Belgium

DARREN RANDOLPH: The West Ham goalkeeper had no chance with any of Belgium's three goals. Made an excellent reflex stop from Yannick Carrasco in the first half, who was offside - 6/10.

SEAMUS COLEMAN: Unable to assert himself offensively and provide any telling crosses - 6.

CIARAN CLARK: At fault for Belgium's third when he committed far too early to a challenge on Eden Hazard, and looked drained of any confidence thereafter - 4.

JOHN O'SHEA: Part of an Irish defence which simply could not cope with Belgium's attacking firepower, and unable to close down Romelu Lukaku when he unleashed the shot for Belgium's first goal - 5.

STEPHEN WARD: Brought into the team due to Jon Walters' injury. A sound first-half display from the Burnley man but Belgium had far too much joy down his flank in the second period - 5.

GLENN WHELAN: Unspectacular midfield shift from the Stoke man - 6.

JAMES McCARTHY: Culpable for Belgium's second after he failed to track Axel Witsel's run into the box. Substituted shortly afterwards - 5.

JEFF HENDRICK: Failed to make the impact he did against Sweden. Pressed and hustled but too often gave the ball away - 6.

ROBBIE BRADY: Moved into midfield owing to the reshuffle caused by Walters' absence. Tracked back well when required and showed some positivity in his play - 7.

WES HOOLAHAN: Unable to exert any influence on the game with the game too often bypassing him - 6.

SHANE LONG: Worked his socks off alone up front and unlucky not to win his team a penalty when on the end of a dangerous high tackle in the box - 7.


JAMES McCLEAN (for McCarthy 62): Offered more attacking threat than McCarthy but was dispossessed for the counter-attack which led to Belgium's third goal - 5.

AIDEN McGEADY (for Hoolahan 71): Missed a chance to grab a late consolation from a Brady cross - 5.

ROBBIE KEANE (for Long 78): The veteran did not have time to make an impact after Long was given a break - 5.

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