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Live Reporting

Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight

    That's the end of this live text now. Thanks for joining us today. It ended on a high at least.

    Bye now.

    World Cup qualifier result: Republic of Ireland 1-1 Serbia
  2. Post update

    Irish boss Stephen Kenny to Sky Sports: "Serbia were excellent. They have improved since we played them last.

    "For our players it was a third game in six days, they showed tremendous spirit. We played a lot of good football and got a break we didn't get earlier in the week. We could have had four points out of six coming into this.

    "I thought the players gave everything tonight. They have given everything of themselves. It was a good point in the end. We don't want to celebrate draws at home but with the context of the week it was good to come back.

    "The fans were amazing. Floodlit match in front of the city, passionate crowd - the players responded. They had to dig deep.

    "We hung in there and kept believing. Shane Duffy nearly won it. There were a lot of good individual performances.

    "We're not against crossing the ball. We want to score more goals. It's been a problem since before I was here. We look forward to the October window now. It's amazing how the supporters made such a difference.

    "We've had one defeat in six games, in the 97th minute against Portugal. We just need to turn draws into wins.

    "We blooded 13 players in six months. We'll see the benefits of that over the next year."

  3. Post update

    "Great feeling. We pushed on for the last 25 or 30 minutes," says Shane Duffy.

    "We soaked up the pressure a lot. They dropped off us more. They're a very good team and that's a good point.

    "We're a dangerous team when we get the ball in the box. It's been a tough week."

  4. Post update

    Republic of Ireland 1-1 Serbia

    "It gives me more fire to push onto the next level," says Irish hero Gavin Bazunu.

    "We had a tough night defensively but my job is to be there and make saves.

    "It's just a point but we continue to show as a group how we're developing."

  5. France back to winning ways

    FT: France 2-0 Finland



    All over and France are back to winning ways thanks to Antoine Griezmann's two goals.

    The reigning world champions had not won their previous five games inside 90 minutes, surprisingly being knocked out of Euro 2020 during that run, and after back-to-back World Cup qualifying draws this was a much-needed win.

    Griezmann will also return to his former club Atletico Madrid in fine scoring form. He has three goals in his last three international appearances.

  6. Post update

    Time to build a statue of Gavin Bazunu in Dublin. The Manchester City goalkeeper, on loan at Portsmouth in League One, is only 19.

  7. Some big scores around Europe...

    Cengiz Under scored a conciliatory injury-time goal but a whopping six goals for the Netherlands secured their 6-1 win over 10-man Turkey.

    A last minute goal in Denmark gave them a 5-0 win over Israel, taking their goal tally in this campaign to 22 having conceded NONE.

    Erling Braut Haaland bagged a second goal in injury time, just for good measure, as Norway beat Gibraltar 5-1.


    Republic of Ireland 1-1 Serbia

    It's all over. The best result of the Stephen Kenny era.

    World Cup qualifier result: Republic of Ireland 1-1 Serbia
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    Republic of Ireland 1-1 Serbia

    The keeper punches away and gets fouled. That might be that.

  10. Post update

    Republic of Ireland 1-1 Serbia

    Another corner. Seconds left.

  11. Post update

    Republic of Ireland 1-1 Serbia

    What a moment that would have been! Andrew Omobamidele strolls forward and forces a save with a 30-yard drive. Corner.

  12. Post update

    Republic of Ireland 1-1 Serbia

    It's all Ireland now. Can they create one final chance? Can Serbia finish it for them...

  13. Post update

    Republic of Ireland 1-1 Serbia

    The corner comes to nothing per se, but everyone stays up and Shane Duffy heads wide from Callum Robinson's cross.

    Free out anyway for a foul.

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    Republic of Ireland 1-1 Serbia

    No way this is going short. Shane Duffy is up.


    Republic of Ireland 1-1 Serbia

    Three minutes added on as Ireland chase a winner.

    And they have a corner. The roof comes off.


    Republic of Ireland 1-1 Serbia

    Oh my word. Serbia almost win it.

    Nemanja Gudelj whips in a 45-yard free-kick - it's surely a cross. It flies over Gavin Bazunu's head - he was beaten - and hits the angle of bar and post.


    Republic of Ireland 1-1 Serbia

    Republic midfielder Jayson Molumby is out of the Azerbaijan game because he's booked for a foul challenge.