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Turkey 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Republic debutant Scott Hogan's heavy touch as he rounded Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Babacan meant his first-chance chance was squandered
Debutant Scott Hogan missed a great Republic chance in the first half in Antalya

The Republic of Ireland's first game since failing to qualify for the World Cup finals saw them going down to a 1-0 away friendly defeat against Turkey.

Mehmet Topal volleyed in the winner on 52 minutes after slack Republic marking as they failed to defend a corner.

Debutant Scott Hogan missed the best Irish chance in the first half as a heavy touch left him a tight angle.

But the Turks, who also missed out on World Cup qualification, created the majority of the openings in Antalya.

West Ham defender Declan Rice, along with Aston Villa striker Hogan, was a debutant in Republic boss Martin O'Neill's starting line-up.

Captain Seamus Coleman was welcomed back after his double leg-break, as the team showed eight changes from the 5-1 World Cup play-off thumping by Denmark in November.

Rice, 19, performed well as he started in a three-man Republic defence before switching to midfield in the second half.

Wolves full-back Matt Doherty was also handed a debut as he replaced Coleman midway through the second half with Preston forward Sean Maguire making his first start before being withdrawn in the 62nd minute.

Republic struggle for fluency in Antalya

Rice started alongside Shane Duffy and Kevin Long in a three-man defence, with Coleman and James McClean operating as wing-backs - but for the most part, the Republic's playing method was typically direct.

Granted, Jeff Hendrick's defence-splitting pass did set up Hogan's great chance in the 18th minute but the striker could only hit the side-netting after pushing the ball too far as he rounded Turkey keeper Volkan Babacan.

The Irish also had a penalty shout before the break after Maguire appeared to be clipped by Hasan Ali Kaldirim but Turkey largely dominated in the first half as both Emre Akbaba and Everton striker Cenk Tosun tested Colin Doyle on a couple of occasions.

After the break, the Republic were handed a warning as Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu missed a glorious chance from a corner.

Five minutes later, Doyle, earning his second cap almost 11 years after his debut, was beaten as totally unmarked Turkey skipper Topal volleyed to the net from eight yards after Yusuf Yazici's cross following a short corner.

The Republic rarely threatened to equalise with one McClean dart into the penalty on 75 minutes their most dangerous moment as the Turks held on with the minimum of fuss.

'Pleased with what we did'

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill: "From our viewpoint, it was a good game to play in because Turkey demonstrated their ability on the ball.

"We had the best chance in the first half and restricted Turkey to a number of shots outside the penalty area, and we might have had a penalty.

"We conceded from a set-piece, a corner kick, which is disappointing, but considering a number of our players haven't played and we had a system we haven't really played together, I was pleased with a lot of what we did.

"But obviously there's a lot still to work on.

"Considering it was Declan Rice's debut, and he's 19 years of age, it was an impressive performance from an impressive young man."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Babacan
  • 7Gönül
  • 4AzizSubstituted forAyhanat 82'minutes
  • 13SöyüncüBooked at 90mins
  • 3Ali Kaldirim
  • 5Yokuslu
  • 15Topal
  • 11YaziciSubstituted forPotukat 87'minutes
  • 18AkbabaSubstituted forMalliat 69'minutes
  • 10CalhanogluSubstituted forKahveciat 80'minutes
  • 9TosunSubstituted forÜnalat 64'minutes


  • 2Demirok
  • 6Gurler
  • 8Inan
  • 12Kirintili
  • 14Tekdemir
  • 16Ünal
  • 17Ünder
  • 19Malli
  • 20Potuk
  • 21Kahveci
  • 22Ayhan
  • 23Kocuk
  • 24Bayram
  • 25Zeki Celik
  • 26Omur

R. of Ireland

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Doyle
  • 2ColemanSubstituted forDohertyat 63'minutes
  • 21Long
  • 5Duffy
  • 10Rice
  • 11McClean
  • 25HourihaneSubstituted forClarkat 69'minutes
  • 14BrowneBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMeylerat 68'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 13HendrickSubstituted forJudgeat 80'minutes
  • 8MaguireSubstituted forLongat 62'minutes
  • 19HoganSubstituted forHorganat 75'minutes


  • 3Christie
  • 4Clark
  • 6Doherty
  • 7O'Kane
  • 9Long
  • 12Lenihan
  • 15Horgan
  • 16O'Hara
  • 17Judge
  • 18Meyler
  • 20Pearce
  • 22Stevens
  • 23McCarey
  • 24Williams
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Turkey 1, Republic of Ireland 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Turkey 1, Republic of Ireland 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Enes Ünal.

  4. Booking

    Caglar Söyüncü (Turkey) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Mehmet Topal (Turkey) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Alan Judge (Republic of Ireland).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Turkey. Alper Potuk replaces Yusuf Yazici.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daryl Horgan (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Declan Rice.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Turkey. Kaan Ayhan replaces Serdar Aziz.

  10. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  11. Post update

    Delay in match Yunus Malli (Turkey) because of an injury.

  12. Booking

    David Meyler (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Yunus Malli (Turkey) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by David Meyler (Republic of Ireland).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Irfan Kahveci (Turkey).

  16. Post update

    Alan Judge (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Turkey. Irfan Kahveci replaces Hakan Calhanoglu.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Alan Judge replaces Jeff Hendrick.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Declan Rice (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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