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Republic of Ireland - Switzerland
Euro Qualifying - 5 September 2019
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FULL TIME: David McGoldrick's late equaliser rescues a point for Republic of Ireland who maintain their unbeaten record to consolidate their place at the top of Group D.
- OffDavid McGoldrickRepublic of Ireland
- OnAlan BrowneRepublic of Ireland
Ireland sub: McGoldrick leaves the pitch to a rousing reception and is replaced by Alan Browne
Mehmedi comes on for Freuler, and there will be FIVE minutes of added time to play!
As it stands, Ireland will maintain their unbeaten record in Group D and consolidate their place at the top.
- OffBreel EmboloSwitzerland
- OnAlbian AjetiSwitzerland
Switzerland sub: Albian Ajeti comes on for Embolo. Is there one last sting in the tail here?
- GoalDavid McGoldrickRepublic of Ireland
GOAL! Ireland 1-1 Switzerland: McGoldrick levels the scores! Ireland are level! McClean drives down the flank, his cross is deflected into the box and McGoldrick simply wants it more than anyone else, generating enough power in his header to beat Sommer!
Ireland win a corner but Judge's delivery is punched clear by Sommer. Time is running out but this is much better from the hosts.
- OffConor HourihaneRepublic of Ireland
- OnScott HoganRepublic of Ireland
Ireland sub: Scott Hogan comes on for Hourihane as McCarthy goes for broke...
Into the last 10 minutes now. Ireland look rather toothless in attack, but have they a surprise up their sleeve?
Is there any way back for Ireland now? They have played for a draw from the first whistle. Has McCarthy got a Plan B?
- Yellow cardKevin MbabuSwitzerland
Yellow card! Mbabu is left exposed on the left and fouls McClean, going into the book.
- GoalFabian SchärSwitzerland
GOAL! Republic of Ireland 0-1 Switzerland: A quality goal to break the deadlock! It has been coming. Lovely, one-touch football from the visitors sees Ireland's defence carved open, Embolo rolls it to Schar - now playing in midfield - who side-foots the ball into the corner of the net.
Duffy lands awkwardly and the referee stops play to allow the defender to receive treatment. The Swiss are fuming - they clearly feel Ireland are deliberately wasting time.
Stevens is caught on the ball, Embolo whips it to the back post but it's excellent awareness from Coleman who nips in and heads it over his bar.
Set-pieces represent Ireland's most likely avenue to a goal but that was a poor delivery.
Some much needed respite for Ireland, as McGoldrick forces a corner. The ball is delivered behind Hendrick, however, and Switzerland are able to clear their lines.
Ireland are under huge pressure right now. With Rodriguez lurking at the far post, Judge makes a crucial headed intervention.
A let off for Ireland! Freuer sets up Embolo on a plate with a beautiful first-time pass but with just the goalkeeper to beat the Swiss forward loses his feet at the crucial moment and the chance is gone!
There was some concern over Keogh, who was grimacing while sat down on the surface, but action resumes and it appears the Derby defender is going to continue.
Switzerland are cranking up the pressure now, as Whelan heads another dangerous cross clear. Ireland have half an hour to hang on...
- OffCallum RobinsonRepublic of Ireland
- OnAlan JudgeRepublic of Ireland
Ireland sub: Alan Judges replaces Robinson to provide some fresh legs for the hosts in midfield.
Effective defending from Ireland's forward McGoldrick as he heads the delivery clear. After a slow start to the half, Switzerland have now settled and look quite threatening once more.
McClean commits a needless foul on Mbabu, close to the by-line. Xhaka's delivery is decent but Keogh rises highest to head over his own bar. Switzerland now have a corner.
Important defending! Switzerland defend an Ireland free-kick and break through Embolo, attacking menacingly through the middle. He almost slips it through to Seferovic but for an important intervention by Stevens.
Schar goes on a mazy run from defence and then blasts a shot well over the bar from 30 yards. Ireland have restricted them to half chances so far this evening.
Despite the fact Switzerland dominated possession in the first half, Ireland arguably created the better opportunities and with a little more quality in the final third, would have been ahead at the break.
The hosts have started on the front foot, throwing plenty of bodies forward in the early stages of the second half. Stevens swings in a cross but no one in green can get on the end of it.
- 2nd Half
Ireland get the second half underway. They would take this at the final whistle, wouldn't they, McCarthy's side?
- End of 1st Half
HALF-TIME: An encouraging first period from the hosts comes to a close, it's Ireland 0-0 Switzerland.
One minute of added time will be played.
Hugely positive play from McGoldrick as he makes progress down the left, opening up the space, before rolling a ball to the far post. It has too much pace, however, Robinson just can't get there.
Oh, that is a delightful cross by Hourihane. He bends a free-kick across the face of goal, it's begging to be finished, but no one gambled and Switzerland breathe a sigh of relief.
Five minutes until half-time and McCarthy will be satisfied with Ireland's firm defending.
Randolph makes a huge stop to block Seferovic's angled shot from point-blank range. It was all in vain, however, as the offside flag was raised.
That's better from Ireland! Coleman gets forward from full-back, feeds Hendrick in the middle who gets his pass to McGoldrick. He swivels on the edge of the box but doesn't get a clean connection on his strike and it's an easy save for Sommer.
Switzerland are in complete control of the contest now, bossing possession. McClean has dropped back in defence and Ireland are currently playing five at the back.
Randolph is comfortably behind Zakaria's 30-yard shot.
Ireland are living dangerously. Randolph fumbles a corner delivery, it falls to Schar who shoots wildly over the top of the bar.
The Ireland wall does its job as Xhaka's shot from the free-kick is deflected away from Randolph's goal.
Schar is striding forward from defence before he's taken down by Whelan, who is extremely fortunate not to receive a yellow card. Switzerland have a free-kick 30 yards from goal.
Risky defending by Ireland, as Duffy can only partially clear from a Swiss set-piece. His header falls straight to Rodriguez on the edge of the penalty area but he doesn't strike his volley cleanly and it sails well wide of goal.
A decent spell for Switzerland sees them pepper the home side's goal. Xhaka's through-ball starts the chaos, and Ireland have to be alert defensively, as Duffy makes a last-ditch block moments before Randolph is forced into a good save.
The Swiss work the ball through the middle and Xhaka would have been through only for an inch-perfect tackle by Keogh.
There's that high-press again, as McGoldrick nicks the ball from the last defender Akanji. Fortunately for Switzerland, the referee feels the challenge was a foul, otherwise the Irish forward was through on goal.
- Yellow cardEnda StevensRepublic of Ireland
Yellow card! Stevens goes into the book for a high foot, meaning he will miss Ireland's trip to Georgia in October.
Lovely move by Ireland! Started by Whelan, the ball is worked centrally to Hendrick whose quick-feet takes him past a static defender. It breaks to McClean who is through on goal but Elvedi comes out of nowhere to make a crucial last-ditch block!
A shot from distance is drifting harmlessly wide but tell that to Keogh who slices his clearance, gifting the Swiss a corner. The delivery is badly over-cooked by Rodriguez and it comes to nothing.
Important defending! The Swiss play the ball in behind the Irish defence all too easily, with Zakaria standing up a cross into the penalty area. Duffy misjudges the flight of the ball, allowing Embolo to control, but the centre-back recovers to make a crucial lunging block.
To the surprise of absolutely no one, Denmark have taken the lead in Gibraltar. The Danes came into the game five points behind Ireland, though they have a game in hand over McCarthy's side.
If the opening five minutes are anything to go by, it is going to be a very physical encounter. Neither side holding back in the tackle.
In a bid to stem attack from Switzerland's midfield, Ireland are playing with a three in the middle of the park.
Ireland's high-press forces an error in the Swiss defence and the hosts win a corner after just 40 seconds! The set-piece, however, comes to nothing, but that will be source of encouragement for McCarthy.
KICK-OFF! Switzerland get the ball rolling.
It's Republic of Ireland against Switzerland, it's in Dublin, and it's LIVE, next!
What will concern Petkovic is the manner in which Switzerland surrendered a comfortable lead to Denmark last time out, conceding three times in the last 10 minutes to draw 3-3. McCarthy, who said it was "carnage all round", will hope his team can cause more chaos in the Swiss defence, particularly from set-pieces.
The Swiss have had problems of their own in attack and the absence of Shaqiri - who opted to stay at home - is a huge blow to their chances of victory in Dublin. Swiss boss Vladimir Petkovic, however, stressed: "We have a style of play which doesn't depend on one single player. We have shown the past several times that we can replace missing players."
The Southampton forward hasn't kicked a ball in the Premier League this season...
Republic of Ireland have won three of their four games in Group D, scoring just five times, despite having already played minnows Gibraltar twice. Their success has been built on having a solid foundation in defence, conceding only once so far - a respectable 1-1 draw in Denmark.
McCarthy has responded to claims made by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer that Ireland are an 'unpleasant team' to play against. "I hope he's sat in the dressing room afterwards and he's thinking it's more unpleasant, and he doesn't want to see us in October. We won't be changing the way we play. We'll be playing our usual brand even though some people find it unpleasant."
McCarthy makes just one change to his Ireland team that overcame Gibraltar last time out, with Glenn Whelan coming into midfield and Scott Hogan dropping to the bench. Jeff Hendrick wins his 50th cap. Meanwhile, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka and Newcastle defender Fabian Schar start for the Swiss, but Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri made himself unavailable for the match.
Here's how the teams are lining out... Ireland XI: Randolph, Coleman, Duffy, Keogh, Stevens, Robinson, Hourihane, Hendrick, Whelan, McClean, McGoldrick. /// Switzerland XI: Sommer, Schar, Akanji, Elvedi, Mbadu, Zakaria, Xhaka, Rodriguez, Embolo, Freuer, Seferovic.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of the Euro 2020 qualifier between the Republic of Ireland and Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Mick McCarthy's lead Group D with 10 points from a maximum of 12 although Switzerland are six points behind and have two games in hand. Victory for the home side tonight would put them tantalisingly close to the finals.