World Cup Qualifying - European - Group C
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John O'Shea is congratulated after putting the Republic 2-1 ahead

Republic of Ireland finished fourth in their World Cup qualifying group after a low-key home victory over Kazakhstan.

A stunning strike from Dmitriy Shomko put the visitors ahead but the hosts hit back with a Robbie Keane penalty and John O'Shea's close-range finish.

Republic midfielder Darron Gibson was carried off with a knee injury before the Irish took control.

Shomko turned a cross into his own net as Noel King ended his brief stint as Republic interim boss with a win.

King, who has stepped in following the sacking of Giovanni Trapattoni, made four changes from the 3-0 defeat by Germany including the return of skipper Keane and Andy Reid's first international appearance since 2008.

In front of a sparse Aviva Stadium crowd, the Kazakhs were first to threaten when Maksat Baizhanov beat keeper David Forde to a cross but the midfielder headed over.

It was brief reprieve for the Irish as Shomko, taking advantage of poor Seamus Coleman clearance, struck a superb angled shot into the net from 25 yards after 13 minutes.

But the Republic's response was impressive, Keane equalising from the spot three minutes later after Aleksandr Kislitsyn's clear handball from a Reid free-kick.

The hosts moved in front on 26 minutes, with keeper Andrei Sidelnikov failing to hold Richard Dunne's header from a Reid corner and O'Shea was perfectly placed to stab home his first international goal for 10 years.

Everton midfielder Gibson left the field off eight minutes from the break with suspected knee ligament damage after landing awkwardly when making a tackle.

The Republic dominated the opening stages of the second half without turning their possession into clear-cut chances.

Glenn Whelan, who replaced the injured Gibson, saw his 25-yard volley fly just wide after 59 minutes.

Kazakhstan rarely threatened although Igor Yurin flashed a long-range effort wide before Reid spotted Sidelnikov off his line and attempted an audacious 35-yard chip which found the roof of the net.

Aiden McGeady set up Ireland's third on 77 minutes, the substitute bursting into the box and Shomko, Kazakhstan's scorer, turned the ball into his own net as he attempted to clear the winger's low cross with Keane ready to pounce.

The Republic started and finished the campaign with victory over the Kazakhs, but it was poor results in between, particularly a hammering by Germany and two defeats in five days last month, which ended their hopes of making the finals and also resulted in the departure of manager Trapattoni.

A new manager will be place well before the Euro 2016 qualifiers with former Republic boss Mick McCarthy and Martin O'Neill among the contenders.

Line-ups

R. of Ireland

  • 1Forde
  • 2Coleman
  • 3Wilson
  • 14GibsonSubstituted forWhelanat 37'minutes
  • 18Dunne
  • 5O'Shea
  • 21Doyle
  • 8McCarthy
  • 10Keane
  • 19ReidSubstituted forMcGeadyat 75'minutes
  • 13StokesSubstituted forHoolahanat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Clark
  • 6Whelan
  • 7McGeady
  • 9Long
  • 11McClean
  • 12Kelly
  • 15Green
  • 16Elliot
  • 17Delaney
  • 20Hoolahan
  • 22O'Brien
  • 23Henderson

Kazakhstan

  • 22Sidelnikov
  • 14Engel
  • 5KislitsynBooked at 16minsSubstituted forFinonchenkoat 32'minutes
  • 4KarpovichSubstituted forShabalinat 84'minutes
  • 2Gorman
  • 8Dmitrenko
  • 9ShchetkinSubstituted forYurinat 61'minutes
  • 15Baizhanov
  • 20Khizhnichenko
  • 21Korobkin
  • 18Shomko

Substitutes

  • 1Mokin
  • 3Muldarov
  • 7Yurin
  • 10Zhumaskaliyev
  • 13Shabalin
  • 16Finonchenko
  • 17Akhmetov
  • 19Bogdanov
  • 23Logvinenko
Referee:
Vadims Direktorenko

Match Stats

Home TeamR. of IrelandAway TeamKazakhstan
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Republic of Ireland 3, Kazakhstan 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 3, Kazakhstan 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Konstantin Engel.

  4. Post update

    Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Pavel Shabalin (Kazakhstan).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland).

  7. Post update

    Dmitriy Shomko (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Pavel Shabalin (Kazakhstan).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Richard Dunne (Republic of Ireland).

  11. Post update

    Maxat Baizhanov (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Igor Yurin (Kazakhstan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Wes Hoolahan replaces Anthony Stokes.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland).

  15. Post update

    Valeri Korobkin (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Kazakhstan. Pavel Shabalin replaces Andrey Karpovich.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andrey Finonchenko (Kazakhstan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Kazakhstan. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Stokes.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland).

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