Ireland stretch their unbeaten run at Lansdowne Road to ten games with a 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland, thanks to Ciaran Clark's second-minute goal.
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Republic of Ireland - Switzerland
International friendlies - 25 March 2016
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Coleman sends the ball down for McClean and Sommer is smartly out to hack clear.
McClean lays the ball back to Hayes, but Widmer makes the challenge and it is a throw to Ireland.
Three minutes of additional time at the Aviva Stadium. McClean clears a Switzerland corner.
CHANCE: Eunan O'Kane bends a shot wide after seizing on an error by Kasami. He had more time than he thought....
Fernandes slides in to check a run from McClean, with Hayes on the overlap and calling for the ball.
Some nice combination play between McCarthy and Hoolahan in the past few moments.
Judge is almost to flick the ball through but Switzerland are back to clear. Schar then tidies up a Duffy pass under pressure from McClean.
McClean will play up front (!). Judge and Hoolahan combine but McClean cannot get on the end of the pass.
Cheers for Long as he is replaced by James McClean. O'Kane and Duffy are also on the pitch, so that is three Derrymen on for the last six minutes.
CHANCE: Coleman gifts possession and Tarashaj is just wide with his effort after it deflects off Kasami.
Embolo sends the ball forward to Kasami but Hayes is back to nick the ball back.
Xhaka recovers to keep hold off the ball under pressure from Hoolahan - then wastes a crossfield ball. Silvan Widmer replaces Lang for Switzerland.
Duffy clears a cross from Lang, then Embolo is caught offside from the second ball.
J-Francois Moubandje replaces Rodriguez, while Wes Hoolahan replaces Murphy. Ireland have a free-kick in the centre circle following a foul on Long.
Randolph comes out to catch Steffan's corner and clear downfield. from second phase, Embolo is unable to get on the ball.
Corner to Switzerland following good work by Kasami and Embolo.
Murphy cuts inside the box following a pass from Judge, but the Ipswich striker shoots well wide.
Sommer gathers a cross from Hayes from the left following a one-two with Long.
Lang angles a high cross towards Kasami but he overhits the centre and it is a goalkick to Ireland.
Risky football in their own box by Switzerland, until O'Kane fouls Kasami.
Shani Tarashaj, Pajtim Kasami and Gelson Fernandes come on for Switzerland.
Embolo tries to flick it through to Dzemaili, but Duffy gets a touch to divert the ball back to Randolph.
This may explain why there seem to be so few fans in the ground in the second half!
McCarthy switches play, and Brady wins a corner down the left, but Judge's set-piece is cleared.
Murphy is dropping back to stop at Xhaka at source, so Ireland are playing 4-4-1-1 at the moment.
CHANCE: Dzemaili heads straight at Randolph under pressure from Duffy and Coleman.
Old-fashioned winger Hayes, wearing orange boots, loses out to a Switzerland challenge on the left flank.
Brady shows good strength to hold off Mehmedi following a one-two on the edge of the area.
I think Randolph made his debut while at Motherwell...
Eunan O'Kane makes his first start, replacing Meyler, while also on is James McCarthy and another debutant Johnny Hayes of Aberdeen, with Quinn and McGeady coming off. Renato Steffan replaces Seferovic for Switzerland.
Quinn is caught on the halfway line and beats the floor in frustration, following a heavy tackle from Xhaka.
Mehmedi cuts inside but his cross squirts out for a goal-kick for Ireland.
Schar tries a hopeful punt to Randolph. The West Ham goalkeeper again hits long rather than allow his defence to build from the back.
Great challenge by Clark to deny Embolo following a good pass from Dzemaili.
Ireland send the ball long to Long, following a period of controlled possession from Switzerland.
Mehmedi makes a crossfield pass following a long period of Ireland possession but Schar is unable to gather.
Doyle is in hospital, but it may be good news for the former Cork City striker...
Rodriguez swings the ball in left-footed and Randolph is able to make a comfortable header.
Lang goes to ground following Xhaka's long ball and Switzerland have a free-kick as Brady takes him down.
Murphy does well with a cross but the centre is just over Long, and McGeady sees his follow-up muscled away by Behrami.
Mehmedi manages to get the ball back to Rodriguez under pressure - some good pressure from Ireland at the start of the second half.
And we are off as Ireland kick off the second half. No changes at half-time for either side, though Murphy is on already for Doyle from the first half.
Half-time at the Aviva, and Ireland lead 1-0 thanks to Ciaran Clark's early goal. Shane Long almost made it 2-0 but his header hit the crossbar.
This has been a very low-key match so far. Lang tries to find Embolo, but Ireland clear.
Judge does well to support his defence and concede a throw down the Switzerland left.
Four minutes of additional time for the injury to Doyle. Meyler heads clear Dzemaili's corner for Switzerland.
Dzemaili beats Quinn and Meyler but his shot floats way over Randolph's goal.
CHANCE: Judge heads into the side netting from Brady's deep corner.
Meyler slips the ball through to Murphy following good link up play with McGeady, but Klose clears for a corner under pressure from the Ipswich striker.
Dzemaili gets a yellow card for a dive in the area as he runs on to another poor Brady pass across his own area. Behrami berates the referee, insisting that it was a trip.
Brady beats Embolo to a high ball, but from second phase, the 19-year-old in unable to cross the ball back to Rodriguez following Seferovic's threaded pass beyond Duffy.
HITS THE BAR: Long hits the crossbar with a header following a great cross from Coleman on his left foot, then Sommer nicks the ball off the Southampton striker from his second attempt.
Klose gets the ball back to his goalkeeper after Meyler is unable to make anything with the ball on the edge of the area.
Long is unable to control a long ball from the back from Clark.
CHANCE: Randolph adjusts and saves from Mehmedi's shot, which clipped off Seferovic's back.
Schar knocks the ball out of play near the penalty area under pressure from Long. Klose snuffs out the threat of Judge from the second throw.
Brady's corner is over everyone and is cleared upfield. Coleman almost puts in Embolo after a mistake on the halfway line.
Behrami manages to tidy up Brady's free-kick, but McGeady wins a corner off Rodriguez from the second phase possession.
Behrami pushes over Long and Ireland have a free-kick 20 metres inside the Swiss half.
Dzemaili tries to thread a pass through to Embolo but the 19-year-old Basel star in unable to control and that is a goal-kick to Ireland.
Play still held up as doctor Alan Byrne treats Doyle on the pitch. He is then stretchered off to a huge ovation, to be replaced by Murphy.
Eunan O'Kane and Daryl Murphy are warming up. Murphy is coming on, but that could be the end of 32-year-old Kevin Doyle's international career.
Doyle is down in a heap after clutching his knee following that challenge on Schar. He signifies that he needs to come off. And this is a stretcher job. Oh dear.
Doyle charges the ball down but Fabian Schar is quickly back to recover and clear for Switzerland.
Dzemaili tries to thread through Embolo but Duffy clears at the second attempt.
Coleman concedes a corner down the Switzerland left. Lang heads a free header from Rodriguez's corner straight at Randolph after losing Coleman in the area.
Low-key atmosphere in the Aviva at the moment. Coleman clears Dzemaili's free-kick into the Ireland box.
CHANCE: Seferovic's header from Dzemaili's outswinger drops just over Randolph's bar.
Embolo puts Brady under pressure and the Dubliner is forced into conceding a corner.
Ireland have a free-kick halfway in their own half following a foul on Duffy. Randolph will swing it forward, but Doyle catches Lang as the pair compete for the ball.
Randolph sees a goal-kick bounce all the way to his opposite number Sommer in the Swiss goal.
Mehmedi feeds Haris Seferovic, but he is unable to get any purchase on his turn and shot.
Doyle sees a flick from McGeady's corner deflect for another corner. Switzerland are able to clear the second McGeady corner.
Embolo breaks down the right and tries to feed Mehmedi but Duffy is back to intercept.
Ireland win a corner, but Brady's corner has too much air on it and then Judge loses out to Rodriguez.
Blerim Dzemaili feeds Admir Mehmedi who shoots wide after Switzerland win the ball in midfield.
And here's the goal for Clark, in all its glory.
Judge is coming in and making a narrow four in midfield - more defensive a role than he is used to at Brentford.
Lang clears a cross from the left following a quick corner.
Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer is out to grab Judge's fine cross from the right following Brady's quick free-kick.
Well, that is quite a start for Ireland, who are playing a 4-4-2 at the Aviva Stadium, as Clark nets his second international goal. Coleman is fouled by Klose in midfield.
GOAL: Republic or Ireland 1-0 Switzerland. Duffy heads Brady's cross back for Clark to head past Rodriguez and goalkeeper Sommer on the line.
Breel Embolo tries to go through but Shane Duffy blocks the run. Brady then breaks down the left and wins a corner off Michael Lang. Good link-up play in the build-up by Doyle.
We kick off, Ireland in their usual green shirts and white shorts, with Switzerland in white shirts and red socks. Switzerland kick off from left to right in front of a 3/4 full Aviva Stadium.
Blimey - the FAI are going all out for it on the weekend of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, with a reading from the Proclamation of the Irish Republic before the national anthem!
Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic has dropped captain Gökhan Inler from his squad because of his lack of game time at Leicester City. The 31-year-old has started just three matches for the Premier League leaders since his €7 million summer move from Napoli.
Switzerland reached the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup and qualified for this summer's European Championships after finishing as the runners-up to England in Group E, a group that also included Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino.
"So you’re asking whether people are coming to the game because it is one of the only places where they can get a drink?” O’Neill joked in his news conference. “I was wondering why my family wanted to come."
The sale of alcohol is banned in the Republic of Ireland on Good Friday, but Dublin's Aviva Stadium is one of the few places in the country one can buy a drink on the religious holiday. Most matchdays, supporters arrive maybe ten minutes before kick-off. Today? They were queueing at 5.30pm to enter the ground.
"Let's be fair about it, the players who are coming in late here have a bit to do, I must admit. Everything would probably have to go pretty well for them individually,” the 64-year-old said. "But it's not impossible and it's happened before, and that's why I'd like to open the door for them, to feel as if they have got a chance.”
O'Neill said during the week that he would use the two Dublin international friendlies against Switzerland and against Slovakia on Tuesday to allow his squad's fringe players a run-out. However, O'Neill warned that players like Blackburn defender Duffy and Brentford midfielder Judge are more likely to be fighting for places for the upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign that for this June's Euro 2016 finals.
"Robbie's still sore," manager Martin O'Neill said at his pre-match news conference on Thursday. "He got a bit of a knock and he's taking a little bit longer to get over it than he expected. He probably won't be available for Friday but we'll look at it again over the weekend."
So here is the team-sheet. Just the 15 substitutes for Ireland, although Jon Walters (hamstring), Robbie Keane (knock) and Anthony Pilkington (knee) miss the game, although they could return for Slovakia on Tuesday, while Harry Arter and Jeff Hendrick are sidelined for both games.
Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland's top scorer in qualifying with four, misses the game with a hamstring problem.
Watford’s Valon Behrami captains the Switzerland side and will start in midfield alongside Borussia Monchengladbach's Granit Xhaka, whose recent form has alerted interest from Arsenal.
Five of the starting eleven started their careers in the domestic league, the League of Ireland. Shane Long, Kevin Doyle, David Meyler, Seamus Coleman and Stephen Quinn.
Shane Coleman captains an experimental Ireland team against Switzerland at Lansdowne Road tonight. Shane Long and Kevin Doyle start up front, while there is a debut start in midfield for Brentford's Alan Judge and a second cap for Blackburn defender Shane Duffy.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's live commentary from the international friendly between the Republic of Ireland and Switzerland. This is Nick Royle (@nickaroyle) taking you through all the action from the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.