Sunday 20 May 2018

game at a glance

Man of the match

Damien Duff

Industrious, and provided Ireland's only real spark. He was a constant menace, especially when he switched to the right, winning free-kicks and showing a few touches worthy of Lionel Messi.

Talking point

If the FAI can't attract a full house for the first international game at their new stadium, with the world's best player present and the rugby out of season, what kind of attendances can we expect for the lesser friendlies here such as November's visit of Norway?

Referee watch

It seems that old Irish sense of being screwed over just won't go away, almost nine months after that night. But with refereeing decisions like Peter Rasmussen and his officials', which resulted in the only goal last night, how could we not feel hard done by?

Manager watch

With the dug-out deep in the West stand, completely out of view of the press box, the stand-in manager's exact movements cannot be documented here. However, what we can tell you is that TV co-commentator Ray Houghton (48) still sports a very healthy head of hair.

And finally... 'boo, oh,

but not at you' moment

Poor old Johnny Giles must have wondered what he had said wrong on the RTE panel during the summer as he got lumped into a big-screen shot with FAI chief executive John Delaney and UEFA president Michel Platini, who were greeted with a chorus of loud boos. But as a means of reassurance, the camera man panned over to the revered former Ireland legend all by himself, to the unanimous cheers and applause of the 45,200 present -- who took each camera shot on its merits.

Match stats

Yellow cards: Ireland 0; Argentina 1

Red cards: Ireland 0; Argentina 0

Shots on target: Ireland 1; Argentina 4

Shots off target: Ireland 6; Argentina 2

Corners: Ireland 4; Argentina 1

Offsides: Ireland 1; Argentina 4

Possession: Ireland 32pc; Argentina 68pc


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