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Friday 13 December 2019

Player Ratings

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Shay Given 6

Ponderous with an early kick, but was otherwise unable to do much about the keynote incidents of the match. Did well to palm an early free-kick from Adriano over the bar, but was powerless to prevent Andrews own goal and became increasingly irate with his defenders amid second half chaos.

Stephen Kelly 5

Fulham defender made positive start, trying to supplement the attack before showing defensive prowess to get in the way of an Adriano strike which would have really tested Given. Quiet enough thereafter as Brazilians took control and Robinho continually slipped away from his marker.

Kevin Kilbane 6

Considering Kilbane has spent most of the winter on the subs bench, he performed reasonably well compared to some of his struggles in the World Cup campaign. First Brazilian goal did come from his side of the park, but arose from quick break that caught midfield napping. Spent most of second half chasing.

Paul McShane 5

After a competent opening, he started to become prominent for the wrong reasons by felling Kaka to start an ongoing battle with the Real Madrid star that was a sideshow to the opening goal. Had a fierce second half row with Given as well before ponderous nature almost gifted Brazil a present.

Sean St Ledger 6

A test for St Ledger in that his Irish education has primarily come alongside the steady hand of Richard Dunne. Has been consigned to Championship football since Paris and did well in the first half, but was increasingly exposed as game developed, with one second half howler to gift a chance to Dani Alves.

Glenn Whelan 6

Stoke man was prominent in the first half, although he gave the ball away on a couple of significant occasions -- particularly annoying Robbie Keane with one sloppy touch that brought a promising move to a conclusion. Combative enough before being called ashore early in the second half.

Liam Lawrence 5

Preferred to Aiden McGeady and Stephen Hunt after his fine play-off displays, even though he has been largely under-utilised at club level. Showed a degree of rustiness on the night and faded out of the game after the interval, compared to the first half when he was industrious enough in terms of his output.

Keith Andrews 5

Physical as ever in a difficult midfield battle, and began brightly as the Brazilians endured a difficult start. Unfortunate to find himself in the wrong place to open the scoring in the worst manner possible and was over-run after the interval when the opposition owned the ball and Whelan departed.

Kevin Doyle 7

The Wolves striker was given a resounding vote of confidence by Trapattoni before the game and proved that he can be a handful for defenders with his bustling energy and physical prowess. The closest he came to end product was a first half header that Julio Cesar was alert to palm away.

Robbie Keane 6

The Irish skipper started the game deeper than usual, roving in an attempt to offer creativity and support the midfield. Competent in that respect. However, he suffered a frustrating evening in and around the penalty box and seemed a bit more agitated than usual, dishing out a few bollockings to both team-mates and opponents.

Damien Duff 6

Probably the form player of this Irish side at club level and looked confident in his early involvement, when providing Maicon with a few hairy moments and producing some decent crosses from set-piece situations -- although it was a poor attempt that led to the Brazilian goal when a pass to Lawrence looked to be the better alternative.


Aiden McGeady (5) for Duff 56 -- Celtic man came on just as the Brazilians were beginning to dominate.

Darron Gibson (5) for Whelan 56 -- The Manchester United midfielder was caught napping with first touch and failed to impose himself.

James McCarthy (6) for Lawrence 69 -- Huge roar after introduction, but exciting star spent his senior bow on the defensive.

Leon Best (6) for Doyle 76 -- Late arrival forged one opening for Keane with spirited break and stung gloves of Cesar in dying stages.

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