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Moldova - Republic of Ireland
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 9 October 2016
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It ends Moldova 1-3 Republic of Ireland in Chisinau, thanks to a brace from James McClean in the second half, after Igor Bugaev had cancelled out Shane Long's opener. Ireland go second in Group D, on goal difference behind Serbia, who beat Austria 3-2 in Belgrade.
A second corner for Moldova, but from the second ball Walters clears. Meyler tries to hook it on to O'Dowda.
No surprise that the Irish Messi is named the man of the match.
Four minutes of additional time. If it stays like this, Ireland go second behind Serbia in the group on seven points from three matches.
Walters clashes with Dedov, and it all threatens to spill over. O'Neill comes on the pitch to calm the Ireland striker. Dedov gets a yellow card for his troubles, and Walters does as well.
Duffy seems to have hurt his lower back as he competes for a ball with Bugaev. On comes the Irish physio Ciaran Murray to work his magic.
Bugaev gets a yellow card for a pull on Coleman. The Danish referee lost patience for his persistent fouling, I think.
McClean, on a hat-trick, sees his free-kick effort drill against the wall.
- OffWes HoolahanRepublic of Ireland
- OnEunan O'KaneRepublic of Ireland
Eunan O'Kane is on for his competitive debut, for the inspirational Hoolahan. Meyler wins a free-kick following an nice move involving O'Dowda.
- OffGheorghe AndronicMoldova
- OnEugen SidorencoMoldova
Eugen Sidorenco is on for Andronic as Moldova make their final change, by the way.
Meyler tries to wriggle though a host of red shirts. Moldova win the ball back and try and start an attack.
- OffJames McCarthyRepublic of Ireland
- OnDavid MeylerRepublic of Ireland
Hull City's David Meyler comes on for the final nine minutes, in place of McCarthy.
- Yellow cardAndrei CojocariMoldova
Cojocari catches McClean, who reacts furiously. Whelan tries to calm McClean, and the referee shows a yellow card. Serbia now lead Austria 3-2.
Just looking at the goal again. Hoolahan's pass was through the legs of the Moldova full-back to set up the run and cross for Coleman. And Duffy then fails to get an effort on target from another free-kick from Hoolahan.
- GoalJames McCleanRepublic of Ireland
GOAL: Moldova 1-3 Ireland. McClean nets his second of the night, from a Hoolahan pass which allows Coleman a run and a cross for the West Brom winger to drill home. Perhaps McClean may start smiling now!
Ireland win a free-kick in the Moldova half, as Walters is taken down. McClean is moaning away - Ireland's body language is not great. Coleman and Duffy do not look happy either.
CHANCE: Duffy is unable to angle a header from a Hoolahan cross on target.
That goal was coming, as Moldova tired. McClean's finish was a good one - that's the Derryman's sixth goal for his country.
- GoalJames McCleanRepublic of Ireland
GOAL: Moldova 1-2 Ireland. Hoolahan sets up McCarthy, whose cross gets caught in the feet of Walters, but McClean is able to sweep home the loose ball.
Gatcan breaks up a Hoolahan run on the edge of the area, but there are some tired Moldavian players now.
Bugaev plays it in field, but Cebotaru is unable to find a red shirt and Ireland win the ball back.
CHANCE: O'Dowda crosses from the left, but McClean is unable to get any pace on the ball with his header and Calancea makes an easy save.
It is now Serbia 2-2 Austria in Belgrade - so if Ireland can nick this, they could take a two-point lead at the top of Group D.
- OffWes HoolahanRepublic of Ireland
- OnEunan O'KaneRepublic of Ireland
Callum O'Dowda comes on - he will go to the left flank, with McClean going to the right and Walters moving up front.
- OffEugen ZasavitchiMoldova
- OnEugeniu CebotaruMoldova
Eugeniu Cebotaru comes on for his 49th cap for Moldova, replacing the exhausted Zasavitchi.
Shane Long is waving to the bench - he had a knock against Georgia, remember. There are not many attacking options on the bench. Adam Rooney?
Coleman and Randolph fail to communicate properly, and the West Ham goalkeeper concedes the corner. Duffy clears Andronic's corner and Ireland have the chance to break.
Clark overhits a pass from the back. This is really sloppy now from Ireland.
Hoolahan has a fresh-air kick on the edge of the area. Even the Irish Messi is starting to struggle now!
Ireland fans pay tribute to their Glorious Leader, FAI chief executive John Delaney!
Randolph is slightly winded taking a cross under pressure from Posmac.
CHANCE: Walters feeds Hoolahan, who shoots but the sting is taken off the Norwich playmaker's shot by Cojocari's tackle.
CHANCE: McClean heads into the ground from Walters' cross from the right. Posmac did just enough to put the West Brom winger off.
Just looking at the replay, Duffy clattered into Dedov and that would have been a penalty had the linesman not had his flag up. Duffy's head seems to have gone here.
Randolph misjudges the Andronic free-kick, and is relieved that Ward blocks Zasavitchi's shot.
- Yellow cardSeamus ColemanRepublic of Ireland
Coleman is left isolated from a Walters pass, and Dedov is able to nick the ball off him. Coleman then gets a yellow card for dissent.
Gatcan tries to take on Coleman down the left. The home side seem buoyant now.
CHANCE: Dedov has an effort that is easily saved by an alert Randolph.
- 2nd Half
Off we go, as Moldova kick off the second half. And you do wonder what Martin O'Neill had to say at half-time. Ireland have an early free-kick from his own half from Duffy, who overhits a long ball to Long.
- End of 1st Half
The Danish referee blows the whistle, and it is Moldova 1-1 Ireland. But what was Duffy doing pressing up? He was the last man, and he steps up from the halfway line and allows Bugaev a clear run.
- GoalIgor BugaiovMoldova
GOAL: Moldova 1-1 Ireland. Bugaev breaks and outpaces the defence, as Gatcan flicks on as Duffy over commits and beats Randolph.
Two minutes of additional time following the injury to Armas.
McClean tries an effort which tamely floats over Calancea's goal. That was a waste of a good opportunity.
Good chance for Ireland, as Gatcan fouls Walters 25 yards from goal and dead central. Hoolahan territory?
CHANCE: Ireland break through McClean and Long, and Hoolahan then finds McClean with a lofted pass, but the West Brom winger shoots into the side netting when a cross to Long may have been the better option.
Andronic's corner evades everybody and McClean has to clear at the far post.
Moldova have seen plenty of the ball in the past ten minutes. Hoolahan does well to block a cross to concede a corner.
Bugaev is penalised for a dangerous kick with an overhead effort from Andronic's free-kick.
The first yellow card of the game for Posmac's challenge on Long. Ward's free-kick towards Duffy is overhit and the chance is wasted.
- OffIgor ArmasMoldova
- OnVictor GolovatencoMoldova
75-time capped Victor Golovatenco replaces the injured Armas at right-back.
Hoolahan plays the ball square to Whelan, whose effort from the edge of the area is charged down.
Armas goes in from behind on Long, and the Moldova defender comes off the worse. The stretcher is on, and Armas is taken off.
Gatcan plays the ball up to Dedov, but captain Coleman is again across to clear.
Long is penalised for a handball. The Moldova defenders are annoyed, as they feel the Danish referee should have also shown a yellow card for the offence.
Whelan is soon back on - holding his nose but apart from that the Stoke midfielder is OK.
Whelan goes off after being cracked on the head following a challenge with Cojocari. Serbia now lead Austria 2-1 in Belgrade.
Hoolahan finds Whelan, the ball finds Coleman, and though Moldova clear, Hoolahan sets up Whelan on the edge of the area, whose effort flashes wide.
Andronic and Bordian link up, but Bordian's cross from the corner flag goes behind Randolph's goal.
Andronic is trying to drift in from the right, and if he starts to link up with Bugaev, Moldova could be a threat here.
McClean skips away from Bordian down the left, but his cross is too high for Walters and Moldova can clear.
Ward and Hoolahan link down the left, and Ward wins a throw off Bordian. But from the throw, Hoolahan overhits a pass down the line to the Burnley defender.
Good play from Walters and Long down the right, then Hoolahan threads a lovely pass through to Coleman, but the Ireland skipper has strayed offside.
Good news from Belgrade. It is Serbia 1-1 Austria, and if it stays like this then Ireland go top of Group D.
Ireland win a corner, as McClean's shot from Coleman's cross is blocked. Duffy is penalised for a push from Hoolahan's deep corner.
Coleman does well to deal with a Zasavitchi through ball towards Dedov, and Ireland can clear.
Clark does well to deal with a Dedov cross under pressure from Zasavitchi, then Dedov fouls Coleman down by the corner flag.
Coleman gets down the right, beats Bolahan and crosses for Long, who heads a weak effort when a shot may have been the better option.
Bordian comes out and tries to thread a pass from the right, but Clark is able to clear comfortably.
McCarthy feeds McClean for a snapshot, but the West Brom winger snatches at the shot and there is no danger for Calancea in the Moldova goal.
McClean and Ward link well down the left, and Ward's cross just evades Walters, though that was good covering of Walters' run by Bolahan.
Serbia lead Austria 1-0 in Belgrade. Posmac clatters into McClean, and Moldova clear down the pitch, but Duffy tidies up back to Randolph.
Debutant Zasavitchi is late with a challenge, which could have been a yellow card. Hoolahan and Long really linking well so far.
Armas brings the ball out of defence, Bordian tries to clip the ball down the line but Ireland, and Whelan, can clear.
Tonight's referee Jakob Kehlet is from Denmark, and his sister is a professional ballroom dancer. Just thought you'd like to know that!
Bugaev runs at Duffy, but his cross just evades Dedov. Gatcan then overhits the second ball back into the area.
1,092 minutes of a drought comes to an end for Shane Long, and it was such a cool finish. The 350 Ireland fans here are making some noise now.
Hoolahan already bossing play. He sets up McClean, who sees a cross from the left cleared by the Moldovan defence.
- GoalShane LongRepublic of Ireland
Goal: Moldova 0-1 Ireland. Shane Long breaks a 18-game goal drought with a side-footed finish from Hoolahan's inch-perfect pass.
Coleman does well to stop a barrelling run by Dedov down the left from a Eugen Zasavitchi pass, who then fouls the Ireland captain.
- 1st Half
And we are off, with Hoolahan kicking off for Ireland. A crisp but chilly evening in the Moldavian capital.
The anthems are done, and we are almost ready to go in this far-from-full Zimbru Stadium.
Stoke forward Jon Walters says Ireland need six points from the two matches against Georgia and Moldova to keep them in contention in the group. "You look at the last qualifying campaign,” he said. There are going to be ups and downs and twists and turns, I don’t think it’s ever straightforward. Hopefully we’ll get lots of positive results and keep ourselves right up there because qualifying for a major tournament... the most important thing is the result.”
Ireland are winless in four away World Cup qualifiers (D2-L2), since the 4-1 victory in Faroe Islands on 16 October 2012. The last time they had a longer winless run in away World Cup qualifiers was a ten-game run between 1980 and 1989.
Ireland have remained unbeaten in their opening three matches in five of the last six World Cup qualifying campaigns. The exception in that run was qualification for the 2014 tournament when they lost their second fixture 6-1 at home against Germany.
O'Neill was disappointed by his side's failure to close down Georgia in Dublin, but delighted that his players kept their focus to secure the three points. "Whatever the team lacks, they’ve shown over the last two years that they keep going. We drive on. They don’t give in and don’t give up on what might be a difficult cause. I’m delighted with that," he said.
Ireland have a chance to go top of Group D tonight, following Georgia's 1-1 draw with Wales in Cardiff. Wales top the group with five points from three matches, with Serbia, Austria and Ireland, all on four points from two matches. So if Serbia and Austria draw in Belgrade, and Ireland win, Martin O'Neill's side go top. Though the Derryman is taking nothing for granted, going by this interview to Irish broadcaster RTE.
Dobrovolski also called on the country's supporters to get behind his players, and hinted he may quit if his side suffer a third defeat of the campaign against the Irish. "I can resign but I want to say that our team deserves some appreciation as they do their best,” he said. There are many negative people, even when our team won matches they were unhappy, so how can we deal with such an attitude?”
Moldova boss Igor Dobrovolski has made five changes from the side that lost 3-0 to Serbia, with captain and goalkeeper Ilie Cebanu dropped to the bench, and Nicolae Calancea, Igor Armas, Vitalie Bordian, Veaceslav Posmac and Eugen Zasavitchi all coming in. Cebanu was slammed by an anonymous team-mate in the press on Friday, prompting Dobrovolski to claim there is "a rat" in his ranks.
Moldova were 37th in the world rankings in 2008, but have tumbled down to 161st after a disappointing Euros campaign that saw them finish bottom in a group topped by Austria and Russia.
Moldova, who lie 130 places behind Ireland in the Fifa world rankings, are bottom of Group D after the first two matches following a 4-0 defeat to Wales in Cardiff and a 3-0 home defeat to Serbia on Thursday.
Southampton striker Shane Long starts the game in Chisinau despite limping off late in Thursday's game with a leg muscle injury. Daryl Murphy, Keiren Westwood, Harry Arter, Stephen Quinn, Kevin Doyle, Aiden McGeady, Anthony Pilkington and Marc Wilson are all absent through injury.
MOLDOVA: Calancea; Bordian, Posmac, Armas, Bolohan; Gatçan, Cojocari; Andronic, Zasavitchi, Dedov; Bugaev. Subs to follow.///REPUBLIC OF IRELAND. Randolph; Coleman, Duffy, Clark, Ward; Whelan, McCarthy; Walters, Hoolahan, McClean; Long. Subs: Lawlor, Rogers, O'Shea, Keogh, O'Dowda, O'Kane, Rooney, Christie, Meyler, McShane, Hayes, Pearce.
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has made two changes to the side that started Thursday's 1-0 win over Georgia at Lansdowne Road. Robbie Brady did not travel to the Moldavian capital as he is undergoing concussion protocols following a clash of heads, while Jeff Hendrick is suspended, so Wes Hoolahan and Glenn Whelan start.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's live commentary from the World Cup Group D Qualifier between Moldova and the Republic of Ireland. This is Nick Royle (@nickaroyle) taking you through all the action from the Stadionul Zimbru in Chisinau.