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The game at a glance

Key man

Keith Andrews

Tidy, efficient throughout. Worked the central role very well with his regular partner Glenn Whelan and later Paul Green. Despite a first-half injury, he kept going for the duration and set up Simon Cox's goal.

Magic moment

Up until Cox's 86th-minute equaliser, it was the romantic cameo at half-time when Martina Connolly did a Leap Year proposal to boyfriend Derek McGill. Thankfully, Derek said 'yes'.

Talking point

How hard are the Irish to beat? The answer is: very. Trapattoni takes a very solid, honest and hardworking squad to Euro 2012 and he has decent cover in virtually every position.

Referee watch

Manuel Jorge Neves Moreira de Sousa from Portugal, aka, "aw, ref" for not awarding Shane Long a couple of first-half frees, gave a tidy enough performance.

Manager watch

The big question was would Trap give youth its head and throw James McClean in. Just when it looked as if he would leave him on the bench, Trap broke the habit of a lifetime.

Crowd watch

Commendable enthusiasm from the fans who boosted the atmosphere with some Mexican waves and some bursts of cheering and revved up the atmosphere in the second half as the home side battled for an equaliser.

Match stats

Frees: Ireland (6 ) 8; Czech Rep (4) 8

Corners: Ireland (0) 1; Czech Rep (4) 5

Offsides: Ireland (2 ) 2; Czech Rep (0) 1

Shots on target (inc goals): Ireland (1) 3; Czech Rep (4) 5

Shots off target: Ireland (2) 3; Czech Rep (4) 10

Headers on target: Ireland (1) 2; Czech Rep 0

Headers off target: Ireland (1) 1; Czech Rep (1) 2

Attendance: 37,741

Liam Kelly

Irish Independent