World Cup Qualifying - European - Group C
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World Cup qualifier: Republic of Ireland 3-1 Kazakhstan

John O'Shea is congratulated after putting the Republic 2-1 ahead

Republic of Ireland finished fourth in their World Cup qualifying group after a low-key home victory over Kazakhstan.

A stunning strike from Dmitriy Shomko put the visitors ahead but the hosts hit back with a Robbie Keane penalty and John O'Shea's close-range finish.

Republic midfielder Darron Gibson was carried off with a knee injury before the Irish took control.

Shomko turned a cross into his own net as Noel King ended his brief stint as Republic interim boss with a win.

King, who has stepped in following the sacking of Giovanni Trapattoni, made four changes from the 3-0 defeat by Germany including the return of skipper Keane and Andy Reid's first international appearance since 2008.

In front of a sparse Aviva Stadium crowd, the Kazakhs were first to threaten when Maksat Baizhanov beat keeper David Forde to a cross but the midfielder headed over.

It was brief reprieve for the Irish as Shomko, taking advantage of poor Seamus Coleman clearance, struck a superb angled shot into the net from 25 yards after 13 minutes.

But the Republic's response was impressive, Keane equalising from the spot three minutes later after Aleksandr Kislitsyn's clear handball from a Reid free-kick.

The hosts moved in front on 26 minutes, with keeper Andrei Sidelnikov failing to hold Richard Dunne's header from a Reid corner and O'Shea was perfectly placed to stab home his first international goal for 10 years.

Everton midfielder Gibson left the field off eight minutes from the break with suspected knee ligament damage after landing awkwardly when making a tackle.

The Republic dominated the opening stages of the second half without turning their possession into clear-cut chances.

Glenn Whelan, who replaced the injured Gibson, saw his 25-yard volley fly just wide after 59 minutes.

Kazakhstan rarely threatened although Igor Yurin flashed a long-range effort wide before Reid spotted Sidelnikov off his line and attempted an audacious 35-yard chip which found the roof of the net.

Aiden McGeady set up Ireland's third on 77 minutes, the substitute bursting into the box and Shomko, Kazakhstan's scorer, turned the ball into his own net as he attempted to clear the winger's low cross with Keane ready to pounce.

The Republic started and finished the campaign with victory over the Kazakhs, but it was poor results in between, particularly a hammering by Germany and two defeats in five days last month, which ended their hopes of making the finals and also resulted in the departure of manager Trapattoni.

A new manager will be place well before the Euro 2016 qualifiers with former Republic boss Mick McCarthy and Martin O'Neill among the contenders.

Line-ups

R. of Ireland

  • 1Forde
  • 2Coleman
  • 3Wilson
  • 14GibsonSubstituted forWhelanat 37'minutes
  • 18Dunne
  • 5O'Shea
  • 21Doyle
  • 8McCarthy
  • 10Keane
  • 19ReidSubstituted forMcGeadyat 75'minutes
  • 13StokesSubstituted forHoolahanat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Clark
  • 6Whelan
  • 7McGeady
  • 9Long
  • 11McClean
  • 12Kelly
  • 15Green
  • 16Elliot
  • 17Delaney
  • 20Hoolahan
  • 22O'Brien
  • 23Henderson

Kazakhstan

  • 22Sidelnikov
  • 14Engel
  • 5KislitsynBooked at 16minsSubstituted forFinonchenkoat 32'minutes
  • 4KarpovichSubstituted forShabalinat 84'minutes
  • 2Gorman
  • 8Dmitrenko
  • 9ShchetkinSubstituted forYurinat 61'minutes
  • 15Baizhanov
  • 20Khizhnichenko
  • 21Korobkin
  • 18Shomko

Substitutes

  • 1Mokin
  • 3Muldarov
  • 7Yurin
  • 10Zhumaskaliyev
  • 13Shabalin
  • 16Finonchenko
  • 17Akhmetov
  • 19Bogdanov
  • 23Logvinenko
Referee:
Vadims Direktorenko

Match Stats

Home TeamR. of IrelandAway TeamKazakhstan
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Republic of Ireland 3, Kazakhstan 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 3, Kazakhstan 1.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Konstantin Engel.

Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Pavel Shabalin (Kazakhstan).

Foul by Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland).

Dmitriy Shomko (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pavel Shabalin (Kazakhstan).

Foul by Richard Dunne (Republic of Ireland).

Maxat Baizhanov (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Igor Yurin (Kazakhstan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Wes Hoolahan replaces Anthony Stokes.

Foul by Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland).

Valeri Korobkin (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Kazakhstan. Pavel Shabalin replaces Andrey Karpovich.

Attempt blocked. Andrey Finonchenko (Kazakhstan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Kazakhstan. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Stokes.

Foul by Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland).

Dmitriy Shomko (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Republic of Ireland. Anthony Stokes tries a through ball, but Seamus Coleman is caught offside.

Goal!

Own Goal by Dmitriy Shomko, Kazakhstan. Republic of Ireland 3, Kazakhstan 1.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Konstantin Engel.

Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Valeri Korobkin (Kazakhstan).

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Aiden McGeady replaces Andy Reid.

Offside, Kazakhstan. Andrey Sidelnikov tries a through ball, but Sergei Khizhnichenko is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Andy Reid (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robbie Keane.

Attempt missed. Dmitriy Shomko (Kazakhstan) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Andrey Karpovich following a set piece situation.

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland).

Andrey Finonchenko (Kazakhstan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc Wilson.

Attempt missed. Igor Yurin (Kazakhstan) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Maxat Baizhanov.

Substitution

Substitution, Kazakhstan. Igor Yurin replaces Aleksey Shchetkin.

Attempt missed. Marc Wilson (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Konstantin Engel.

Attempt missed. Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Offside, Kazakhstan. Mark Gorman tries a through ball, but Aleksey Shchetkin is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium108201841426
2Croatia10523129317
3Serbia104241811714
4Scotland10325812-411
5Wales10316920-1110
6Macedonia10217716-97

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy106401991022
2Denmark104421712516
3Czech Rep10433139415
4Bulgaria10343149513
5Armenia104151213-113
6Malta10109528-233

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany1091036102628
2Sweden106221914520
3Austria1052320101017
4R. of Ireland104241617-114
5Kazakhstan10127621-155
6Faroe Islands10019429-251

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands109103452928
2Romania106131912719
3Hungary105232120117
4Turkey10514169716
5Estonia10217620-147
6Andorra100010030-300

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland107301761124
2Iceland105231715217
3Slovenia105051411315
4Norway103341013-312
5Albania10325911-211
6Cyprus10127415-115

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia107122051522
2Portugal106312091121
3Israel103521914514
4Azerbaijan10163711-49
5Northern Ireland10145917-87
6Luxembourg10136726-196

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bos-Herze108113062425
2Greece10811124825
3Slovakia103431110113
4Lithuania10325911-211
5Latvia102261020-108
6Liechtenstein10028425-212

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England106403142722
2Ukraine106312842421
3Montenegro104331817115
4Poland103431812613
5Moldova103251217-511
6San Marino100010154-530

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain86201431120
2France8521156917
3Finland823359-49
4Georgia8125310-75
5Belarus8116716-94
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