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Poland 0-0 Republic of Ireland

Lukasz Szukala and Shane Long in aerial combat
Lukasz Szukala and Shane Long in aerial combat

The Republic of Ireland played out a largely uninspiring goalless draw with Poland in a game of few chances.

Defender Stephen Kelly squandered the best opening of the first half when he headed over when well placed.

Aiden McGeady looked lively throughout as the Republic showed plenty of endeavour and organisation.

Lukasz Szukala and Tomasz Jodloweic created opportunities for the Poles in the second half but Martin O'Neill retains his unbeaten record as manager.

The Irish came into the game hoping to build on the mood of optimism generated by the appointment of O'Neill and assistant Roy Keane, followed by the 3-0 win over Latvia in Dublin.

In contrast, the Poles lost their opening fixture under new boss Adam Nawalka, a 2-0 defeat away to Slovakia.

Both sides enjoyed their fair share of possession in the early stages but it took 21 minutes before the first clear-cut chance of the game fell to Kelly - the full-back's downward header from a corner bouncing off the turf and looping over the bar.

Soon after, Sunderland defender John O'Shea was perhaps fortunate to escape with a yellow card for a deliberate handball in his own half after being introduced as a substitute for the injured Sean St Ledger.

Most of the Irish attacking threat emanated from a rejuvenated McGeady, and the livewire winger saw his left-foot shot saved by Wojciech Szczesny in the 59th minute.

With Borussia Dortmund dangerman Robert Lewandowski substituted, the Poles struggled to create a credible goalscoring chance until David Forde was forced to gather a Szukala header.

A superb low cross from James McClean just failed to find an Irish shirt and then Jodloweic fired over the bar for the hosts.

The visitors had to withstand some late pressure but, overall, it was a solid rather than spectacular performance from O'Neill's charges, with goalmouth action at a premium.

Next up for the Irish is a home friendly against Serbia on 5 March, 2014, but before then attention will turn to the draw for Euro 2016 qualifying which takes place in Nice on 23 February.

Line-ups

Poland

  • 12Szczesny
  • 19Celeban
  • 17Marciniak
  • 24PazdanBooked at 65mins
  • 4Szukala
  • 26Kowalczyk
  • 7CwielongSubstituted forOlkowskiat 81'minutes
  • 11MaczynskiSubstituted forJodlowiecat 59'minutes
  • 9LewandowskiSubstituted forTeodorczykat 59'minutes
  • 16BlaszczykowskiSubstituted forRobakat 89'minutes
  • 5SobotaSubstituted forBrzyskiat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Boruc
  • 2Brzyski
  • 3Jedrzejczyk
  • 6Jodlowiec
  • 8Krychowiak
  • 10Nowak
  • 13Holota
  • 14Olkowski
  • 15Kosznik
  • 18Mierzejewski
  • 20Robak
  • 22Tyton
  • 23Teodorczyk

R. of Ireland

  • 1Forde
  • 12Kelly
  • 17Ward
  • 8McCarthySubstituted forPearceat 62'minutes
  • 5St LedgerSubstituted forO'Sheaat 32'minutesBooked at 36mins
  • 3WilsonSubstituted forWhelanat 76'minutes
  • 13Walters
  • 15Green
  • 9LongSubstituted forHoolahanat 73'minutes
  • 14StokesSubstituted forDoyleat 68'minutes
  • 7McGeadySubstituted forMcCleanat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Coleman
  • 4O'Shea
  • 6Whelan
  • 11McClean
  • 16Westwood
  • 20Hoolahan
  • 21Doyle
  • 23Elliot
  • 24Pearce

Match Stats

Home TeamPolandAway TeamR. of Ireland
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Poland 0, Republic of Ireland 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Poland 0, Republic of Ireland 0.

Offside, Republic of Ireland. Kevin Doyle tries a through ball, but James McClean is caught offside.

Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukasz Szukala (Poland).

Foul by Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland).

Michal Pazdan (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tomasz Brzyski (Poland).

Attempt saved. Pawel Olkowski (Poland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tomasz Jodlowiec.

Substitution

Substitution, Poland. Marcin Robak replaces Jakub Blaszczykowski.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) because of an injury.

Foul by John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland).

Lukasz Teodorczyk (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Poland. Tomasz Jodlowiec tries a through ball, but Tomasz Brzyski is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Poland. Tomasz Brzyski replaces Waldemar Sobota.

Substitution

Substitution, Poland. Pawel Olkowski replaces Piotr Cwielong.

Corner, Poland. Conceded by Jonathan Walters.

Attempt blocked. Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lukasz Teodorczyk.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Glenn Whelan replaces Marc Wilson.

Attempt blocked. Waldemar Sobota (Poland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Piotr Cwielong.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Wes Hoolahan replaces Shane Long.

Paul Green (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Piotr Cwielong (Poland).

Foul by Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland).

Marcin Kowalczyk (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Kevin Doyle replaces Anthony Stokes.

Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Waldemar Sobota (Poland).

Attempt missed. Tomasz Jodlowiec (Poland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jakub Blaszczykowski.

Attempt blocked. Piotr Cwielong (Poland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lukasz Teodorczyk.

Foul by Stephen Kelly (Republic of Ireland).

Piotr Cwielong (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Michal Pazdan (Poland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jonathan Walters (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michal Pazdan (Poland).

Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Piotr Celeban (Poland).

Attempt saved. Lukasz Szukala (Poland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jakub Blaszczykowski with a cross.

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