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The game at a glance

Man of the match: Stephen Hunt: Auditioning for a role on the left in Damien Duff's absence next weekend, he did a fine job. He created a number of chances, got under his opponents' skin as usual and covered back well.

Talking point

Robbie Keane is often not as well loved as his record suggests he could be, but the captain became only the second to lift a trophy in an Ireland jersey and made history with his 49th international goal. Not a bad evening.

Referee watch

Mark Whitby will have quieter nights refereeing non-competitive games: he booked six players in a full-blooded affair. The Scots felt they should have had at least one penalty, but neither looked clear-cut.

Crowd watch

It wasn't hard to improve on the previous three games' attendance and the large band of visiting Scots gave life to the stadium, but there were still plenty of empty seats at the Aviva, which looked, at best, half full.

And finally. . .

Ireland's defence looked far from watertight towards the end and will need some surgery ahead of the trip to Skopje. Scotland should have scored at least once and John O'Shea's return is much needed.

Match stats

Yellow cards: Ireland 4 (McShane 42, Fahey 48, Foley 73, Andrews 93); Scotland 2 (Adam 62, Miller 76)

Red cards: Ireland 0; Scotland 0

Shots on target: Ireland 4; Scotland 5

Shots off target: Ireland 8; Scotland 7

Corners: Ireland 5; Scotland 1

Possession: Ireland 49pc; Scotland 51pc.

Attendance: 25,100

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