Aviva Stadium
UEFA Nations League • Group 4
  • 2nd Half
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Finland
  • PukkiKarjalainen
  • O'Shaughnessy
  • Arter
  • HamalainenUronen
  • ConnollyMcClean
  • Molumby
  • IdahMcGoldrick
  • Jensen
  • PohjanpaloJensen
  • O'DowdaRobinson

Republic of Ireland - Finland

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That's it, Finland have beaten the Republic of Ireland 1-0 in Dublin.


McGoldrick leads a break for Ireland and cuts in from the left to the edge of the Finnish area, but can only toe poke a shot straight at Hradecky.


There will be a minimum of four minutes added time, as Pukki is replaced by Rasmus Karjalainen.


WHAT A MISS! Brady plants his corner straight onto the head of Duffy at the back post. From six yards out he puts it over the bar, that was a huge chance.


Arter tries a long shot, but it catches a deflection and goes a yard past the far post for a corner.

  • Harry Arter
    Yellow cardHarry ArterRepublic of IrelandArter is booked for an attempted foul on Pukki in the previous move.

Arter is booked for an attempted foul on Pukki in the previous move.


EXCELLENT SAVE! Pukki rides a couple of challenges and scoops a pass to Ahlo on the right of the Irish area. Ahlo cuts back onto his left foot and Randolph tips his looping drive onto the roof of the net at full stretch.


Finland are comfortable in possession here, deep in the Irish half. Have the home side got anything left?


CLOSE! More good, intricate play from Finland here. Jensen finds Kamara near the edge of the area, and a lovely little flick opens up a shooting chance for Pukki, who drags his shot inches wide with Randolph beaten.


A change for Finland as Jere Uronen replaces Hamalainen.


The final substitution for Ireland as James McClean replaces Connolly.


Jensen holds the ball up well and feeds it to Taylor. He runs it all the way into the Irish area and clubs a shot at the near post, which Randolph turns around the post for a corner.


Finland break and Kamara tries to play Pukki through on goal, but an excellent sliding challenge from Egan clears the danger.


A spell of possession for Finland now as they try to take the sting out of these frantic recent minutes.


CHANCE! End to end stuff now. Ahlo's low cross finds Pukki in the area, but he flicks a first time shot straight at Randolph from 12 yards out.


GOOD SAVE! A stunning pass from the outside of Doherty's foot puts Robinson through on the right of the Finnish area. He blasts an angled drive at Hradecky, who parries the ball away to safety.


Connolly cuts in from the left, and shoots low from the edge of the area but straight at Hradecky.


CHANCE! Ireland rob FInland as they try to play out again and only a superb recovery tackle blocks a shot from McGoldrick from 12 yards out.


CHANCE! Robinson swings in a beautiful ball from the right, but McGoldrick misses the ball completely with his head and then Connolly air shots a volley behind him from six yards. What a chance.

  • David McGoldrick
    OffAdam IdahRepublic of IrelandMolumby has been booked for Ireland, as David McGoldrick replaces Idah for the Irish. It took Jensen just 18 seconds to come on and score here.
  • David McGoldrick
    OnDavid McGoldrickRepublic of Ireland

Molumby has been booked for Ireland, as David McGoldrick replaces Idah for the Irish. It took Jensen just 18 seconds to come on and score here.

  • Fredrik Jensen
    GoalFredrik JensenFinlandGOAL! Republic of Ireland 0 Finland 1 (Jensen 64) What an impact! Jensen wins the ball from a throw-in and it breaks to Pukki. He splits the Irish defence with a lovely pass to Taylor, who in turn squares the ball across the six-yard box. Jensen had continued running, and slides in at the back post to put Finland ahead!

GOAL! Republic of Ireland 0 Finland 1 (Jensen 64)

What an impact! Jensen wins the ball from a throw-in and it breaks to Pukki. He splits the Irish defence with a lovely pass to Taylor, who in turn squares the ball across the six-yard box. Jensen had continued running, and slides in at the back post to put Finland ahead!


A change for Finland as Fredrik Jensen replaces Pohjanpalo.


Robinson gets the ball 25 yards from goal. He has a pop, but it sails high over the bar.

  • Callum Robinson
    OffCallum O'DowdaRepublic of IrelandCallum Robinson replaces O'Dowda.
  • Callum Robinson
    OnCallum RobinsonRepublic of Ireland

Callum Robinson replaces O'Dowda.


A lull here as O'Dowda has gone down, and will need to go off as it looks like a muscle injury.


O'Dowda has a go now. He cuts in from the right past two players, but curls his shot a yard wide of the far post from the edge of the area.


Better from Ireland, as Brady wins the ball as Finland try to play out. Idah then finds Connolly, who bursts into the penalty area on the right but puts his shot into the side-netting from a tight angle.


Molumby gets away down the right for Ireland, but his low cross catches a deflection and trickles into the hands of Hradecky.


Ahlo step-overs his way into the Irish area, but his cross is deflected by Stevens and headed away by Egan.


Brady finds a lovely pass to release Stevens on the left, but he stands up a disappointing cross straight into the hands of Hradecky.


Kamara pulls back O'Dawda as he breaks past him. A free kick for the Irish and Kamara is lucky not to see yellow there.


Brady lofts the ball to Egan at the back post, but it's too high for a meaningful purchase and Finland clear the second ball.


Connolly wins a free kick in a useful position on the left of the Finnish area.

  • 2nd Half

Finland kick-off and we're back underway.

  • End of 1st Half

That's half-time.


Idah is doing some amount of running off the ball in the channels here, and wins a throw-in sown the right.


Kamara puts Taylor into space in the inside right channel, but Taylor then inexplicably puts a simple wide ball to Ahlo straight out for a throw-in. Poor.


It's been a half of shadow boxing so far. Both teams are comfortable in possession but with very little end product. Bar the Pukki chance early on there's been very little action in the penalty areas.


Brady tries to pick out Egan, whose header is deflected behind for a corner.


A long bout of patient possession by Ireland, which eventually leads to a free kick in the bottom left corner.


Kamara has been impressive so far. He robs Brady deep in his own half and Finland break. Hamalainen eventually gets it on the right and crosses for Puhjanpalo, who can only manufacture an air shot as the ball flies past him near the penalty spot.


Doherty finds Idah with a lovely ball down the right. Idah gets to the byline and hooks a cross in, but it clears everyone and drifts away from danger.


A nice spell of possession for Ireland, but it keeps breaking down as soon as they reach the Finnish area.


A lovely move from Finland. Kamara releases Ahlo down the right, and his first time cross finds Pohjanpalo ten yards out. He tries to hook a volley at goal from an awkward height, but shanks it well wide of goal.


O'Shaughnessy, who has an enormous long throw-in, launches one into the Irish area but it's gathered comfortably by Randolph.


A half chance for Pukki after good work by Kamara, but he scuffs a shot from the edge of the area and it's comfortably gathered by Randolph.


Ireland work a short corner to Brady on the right, but he puts his cross straight into the hands of Hradecky again.


Pukki tries a reverse pass to Puhjanpalo in the Irish area, but it's just behind his striking partner and a promising opportunity disappears. He was completely free then.


Arter gets in a good crossing position in the inside right channel, but launches it out hopelessly for a goal kick.


Taylor, who's looked lively so far for the Finns, tries to play a quick one-two to get into the area but is sandwiched and dispossessed as he goes for the return ball.


Arter launches a shot at goal from 25 yards out but it's straight into the hands of Hradecky.


Pukki gives Molumby the runaround in the corner near the Irish area, but then shins his pass straight out for a throw-in.


BIG CHANCE! Ireland's defensive line is all over the place and a simple through pass leaves Pukki one on one with Randolph. Pukki tries to slide it into the far corner but Randolph throws out a leg to divert the ball away.


Connolly goes down under a heavy challenge but again Maresca waves play on. He's letting a lot go here.


Finland have settled into a bout of possession here, but Taylor loses the ball on the right as he tries to cut past Brady and into the area. That looked a foul, but it wasn't given.


An early corner for Finland that Taylor whips in viciously, but Duffy glances the ball away from danger.


Ireland work Brady into a crossing position on the left, but he puts it straight into the hands of Hradecky.


We're underway in Dublin.


We’re about ready to go here in Dublin. Your referee today is Fabio Maresca.


Ireland manager Stephen Kenny here, on the thinking behind his team today:


In the other game in this group earlier today, Neco Williams nodded in an injury time winner for Wales against Bulgaria in Cardiff. The Welsh have won their opening two games and have control of group B4.


This is the fifth time that the two countries have faced each other, with Finland yet to register a win in this fixture. The Republic of Ireland have won three, with two draws.


The rescheduling of Euro 2021 means that the greatest experience in Finnish football history is still on hold. Finland qualified for their first ever international tournament last autumn; just prior to that campaign, they served notice that they were on the rise in international football by winning their League C group in the 2018/19 Nations League to earn promotion to their current level. Today they’ll be looking to bounce back from their opening game defeat to Wales in Helsinki on Thursday.


The Republic of Ireland come into this buoyed by Shane Duffy’s late equaliser in Sofia, which salvaged a point in their opening group match with Bulgaria. It’s a busy autumn for them; alongside their fixtures in the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League, they have a semi-final from the 2018/19 competition to play against Slovakia in October. That represents the road map to qualifying for the now rebranded 2021 European Championship.


There are three changes for the Finns from the team that faced Wales on Thursday. Robert Taylor, Nikolai Alho and Nicholas Hamalainen replace Joni Kauko, Jere Uronen and Ilmari Niskanen.


The Republic of Ireland make three changes from the team that started against Bulgaria three days ago. Harry Arter, Robbie Brady and Jayson Molumby come into the side in place of Jeff Hendrick, James McCarthy and Conor Hourihane.


Your visitors today, Finland:


Your genial hosts, the Republic of Ireland:


Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of the Republic of Ireland versus Finland in Group B4 of the UEFA Nations League. Teams to follow shortly.