Saturday 20 January 2018

Game at a glance

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

Key man

Shane Long

Kicked and elbowed in the head on Saturday and, with two fingers strapped, the Reading striker did superbly to head Ireland's first goal and then drive his way into the Uruguay box and deliver the cross which led to the penalty from which Keith Fahey scored. The Tipperary man never stopped grafting all night long.

Magic moment

This was the moment that, sadly, never came -- an Irish equaliser which would have been well deserved for overall effort and commitment, especially in the second half.

Talking point

The fans who stayed away missed an entertaining game and a chance to see some fine football from both sides. The FAI need to take the risk of selling matches on their own merits and at realistic prices -- but full marks for bringing this attractive Uruguay side to Dublin.

Referee watch

Said Ennjimi of France didn't have a blood and thunder game on his hands. Gave a competent and tidy performance and didn't hesitate to award the Irish penalty from which Fahey scored.

Manager watch

Trapattoni sent out Ireland 'B' to face a team containing nine World Cup semi-finalists, but wouldn't have expected to see his defensive system torn apart three times in the first half. Happily for his blood pressure, it got better in the second period.

Crowd watch

The crowd was thinly spread around the stadium, but fair play to the crew in the 'Singing Section' who gave it their all. In a lull period during the first half they got hold of a ball kicked over the bar and got great craic as the stewards attempted to reclaim it.

Match stats

Frees: Ireland 12 (4); Uruguay 19 (8)

Penalties: Ireland 1 (0); Uruguay 0

Corners: Ireland 7 (5); Uruguay 4 (1)

Offsides: Ireland 2 (0); Uruguay 2 (0)

Shots on target (inc goals): Ireland 4 (1); Uruguay 7 (4)

Shots off target: Ireland 5 (1); Uruguay 4 (4)

Headers on target (inc goals): Ireland 1 (1); Uruguay 1 (0)

Headers off target: Ireland 1 (0); Uruguay (1)

Yellow cards: Ireland O'Dea (55); Uruguay: Cavani (65), Lugano 79

Red cards: Ireland 0; Uruguay 0

Attendance: 20,200 (official)

Irish Independent

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