Republic of Ireland missed two late opportunities as their friendly against Wales in Cardiff ended goalless.

Shane Long and Paddy Madden both forced good saves from Wales goalkeeper Boaz Myhill in the closing stages.

As the injured Gareth Bale watched from the stands, Chris Coleman's Welsh team registered only their second clean sheet in 15 home games.

And with World Cup qualifiers coming up in September, both managers will be happy not to have conceded goals.

With the Premier League season kicking off in three days, the game lacked the bite normally expected of a match between neighbouring countries.

However, the same could not be said of Wales captain Ashley Williams who played superbly at the heart of the Welsh defence.

He needed to be on form as the Republic had most of the play and the better of the chances after an opening half when neither goalkeeper had to make a save.

The closest Wales came in the opening period was when Cardiff's Craig Bellamy found Swansea's Ben Davies with a quickly-taken corner, but the defender fired wide.

Craig Bellamy's landmark

Craig Bellamy made his 74th appearance for Wales in the 0-0 draw against Ireland - overtaking Peter Nicholas and record goal scorer Ian Rush.

Earlier Long had failed to test his West Brom team-mate Myhill from eight yards with the goal at his mercy.

Bellamy's 30-yard free-kick finally forced a save out of Keiren Westwood in the Republic goal in the 54th minute.

It was the first save by either goalkeeper in the match, but Myhill found himself under pressure as the Republic went for the win in the later stages.

At the other end Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic defence in particular looked untroubled for the most part.

The Irish, still chasing qualification, have important World Cup Group C matches against Sweden and Austria next month.

Wales face Macedonia and Serbia, and while qualification appears to be a forlorn hope, Coleman sees the games as key markers looking ahead to the next qualifying campaign.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Wales manager Chris Coleman told BBC Radio Wales:

"Ireland are a good team, and well organised. You can see why they're there or thereabouts every major championship in terms of qualifying.

"We won't get a tougher test because we want to build from the back through the midfield and they wouldn't let us do that.

"We knew they wouldn't let us do it, we knew they'd press us high, so it was up to us to try and escape. The lads did their best. They did get tired in the second half but overall a great exercise for us. Games don't come much tougher than that."

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni:

"We deserved to win. We had three or four clear chances. The goalkeeper was fantastic.

"It was a friendly game and pre-season but at this moment, I am happy.

"I was worried that after the holiday maybe the team would not have the right mentality and I said to the players to remember what we did before. The performance was good enough."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (11)

Wales

  • 01 Myhill
  • 02 Gunter
  • 03 Davies
  • 05 Ricketts
  • 06 Williams Booked
  • 04 Ledley (King - 60' )
  • 07 Allen (Crofts - 86' )
  • 09 Collison (C Davies - 82' )
  • 10 Williams
  • 11 Robson-Kanu (Taylor - 74' )
  • 08 Bellamy (Vokes - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Hennessey
  • 21 fon Williams
  • 14 Gabbidon
  • 15 Taylor
  • 16 Matthews
  • 17 Vaughan
  • 18 King
  • 22 Crofts
  • 23 Richards
  • 13 C Davies
  • 19 Vokes
  • 20 Church

Rep of Ireland

  • 16 Westwood
  • 02 Coleman
  • 03 Wilson
  • 04 O'Shea (O'Dea - 60' )
  • 22 Clark
  • 06 Whelan (Green - 60' )
  • 08 McCarthy
  • 25 Hoolahan (Madden - 69' )
  • 09 Long Booked (Keogh - 74' )
  • 13 Walters (Sammon - 84' )
  • 21 Brady (McClean - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Randolph
  • 30 Henderson
  • 12 Kelly
  • 14 O'Dea
  • 17 McShane
  • 11 McClean
  • 15 Green
  • 20 Meyler
  • 26 Hendrick
  • 07 Keogh
  • 19 Madden
  • 24 Sammon
Ref: Kralovec
Att: 20,000

Match Stats

Shots

7 13

On target

3 5

Corners

7 3

Fouls

2 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:07 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

88:14

Paddy Madden takes a shot.

87:21

Corner taken by Jonathan Williams.

85:10 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Crofts comes on in place of Joe Allen.

83:31 Substitution

Substitution Conor Sammon replaces Jonathan Walters.

81:40 Substitution

Substitution Craig Davies on for Jack Collison.

80:57

Paddy Madden takes a shot. Boaz Myhill catches the ball.

80:33

James McClean takes a shot. Blocked by Samuel Ricketts.

80:19

Paddy Madden takes a shot. A parry by Boaz Myhill prevents the goal.

77:45

Sam Vokes takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.

73:15

Ashley Williams takes the free kick.

73:15 Substitution

Substitution (Rep of Ireland) makes a substitution, with Andy Keogh coming on for Shane Long.

73:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by James McCarthy on Jonathan Williams.

73:04 Substitution

Substitution Hal Robson-Kanu leaves the field to be replaced by Neil Taylor.

69:33

Shane Long takes a shot. Boaz Myhill parries the ball away.

68:54

Shane Long is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

67:31 Substitution

Substitution Paddy Madden on for Wes Hoolahan.

67:31

Andy King fouled by Ciaran Clark, the ref awards a free kick. Jack Collison has a shot from the free kick which hits the wall. Jonathan Williams takes a shot.

59:43 Substitution

Substitution John O'Shea goes off and Darren O'Dea comes on.

59:43 Substitution

Substitution Glenn Whelan goes off and Paul Green comes on.

59:07 Substitution

Substitution Andy King is brought on as a substitute for Joe Ledley.

58:37 Substitution

Substitution Craig Bellamy goes off and Sam Vokes comes on.

56:43

Shane Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts. Samuel Ricketts takes the free kick.

56:08

Corner from the right by-line taken by James McClean. Header at goal by Shane Long goes over the frame of the goal.

54:59

James McCarthy takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Williams.

53:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Williams by Glenn Whelan. Strike comes in from Craig Bellamy from the free kick. Keiren Westwood safely holds on.

52:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Ben Davies. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.

49:50

The offside flag is raised against Shane Long. Ashley Williams takes the free kick.

48:51

Corner taken by James McClean from the left by-line. Marc Wilson takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.

47:25

Corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the right by-line.

46:42

Corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the right by-line. Clearance by Glenn Whelan.

45:47

Corner from the right by-line taken by James McClean. Boaz Myhill safely holds on.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Robbie Brady leaves the field to be replaced by James McClean.

45:00 +0:15 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

44:57

Ben Davies takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

44:18

Craig Bellamy decides to take the corner short.

39:26

Shot by Robbie Brady went wide right of the net.

37:21 Booking

Booking

37:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Shane Long. Shane Long is shown a yellow card. Samuel Ricketts takes the free kick.

35:35

Ashley Williams is given a yellow card.

35:35 Booking

Booking

35:05

Jonathan Williams takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

33:10

Corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line. Seamus Coleman manages to make a clearance.

32:51

Craig Bellamy takes a shot. John O'Shea gets a block in.

30:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on Joe Allen. Free kick taken by Samuel Ricketts.

28:01

Jonathan Walters takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

25:01

Shane Long takes a shot.

24:19

Robbie Brady takes a shot.

22:57

Shane Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Davies. Ben Davies takes the free kick.

22:17

James McCarthy takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

20:10

Unfair challenge on Boaz Myhill by Shane Long results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

19:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Samuel Ricketts on Wes Hoolahan. James McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.

15:40

Craig Bellamy is caught offside. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.

14:58

Corner from the right by-line taken by Craig Bellamy. Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.

14:17

Corner taken by Craig Bellamy. Clearance made by John O'Shea.

12:29

James McCarthy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Bellamy. Free kick taken by Craig Bellamy.

10:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by James McCarthy on Joe Ledley. Jonathan Williams takes the free kick.

10:42

Foul by Glenn Whelan on Jonathan Williams, free kick awarded. Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.

6:59

The ball is crossed by Wes Hoolahan.

5:30

The ball is crossed by Shane Long.

0:00

The match begins.

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