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ItalyItaly0R. of IrelandRepublic of Ireland0

Italy 0-0 Republic of Ireland

Thiago Motta of Italy goes for the ball with the Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan

Italy were left frustrated as they were held to a goalless draw by the Republic of Ireland at Craven Cottage.

The Azzurri, England's first Group D opponents at the World Cup this summer, produced a patchy performance against a makeshift Republic side.

Martin O'Neill's men could have grabbed a late victory, but substitute Stephen Quinn smashed a shot against the bar.

And Italy will be without Riccardo Montolivo in Brazil after the AC Milan midfielder broke his leg.

The 29-year-old went down after a collision with Reading defender Alex Pearce and, after a lengthy delay, was carried off on a stretcher.

And Fiorentina forward Giuseppe Rossi may have secured his place in their final 23-man squad for Brazil by playing for 70 minutes on his return from knee trouble.

O'Neill, meanwhile, should be satisfied with his side's display, which came after two successive defeats.

But whether assistant Roy Keane is by his side again when they face Costa Rica on Friday remains to be seen, with the ex-Manchester United captain seen as a likely successor to Neil Lennon as Celtic manager.

This was Italy's penultimate match before heading to Brazil in search of a fifth World Cup triumph.

They made the brighter start, and Republic goalkeeper David Forde had to stretch to claw away Claudio Marchisio's powerful 30-yard effort.

But their momentum was stalled when Montolivo was injured, with former Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani replacing him.

The Republic created their first chance in the 21st minute, with Anthony Pilkington's curled free-kick kept out by Sirigu.

Fiorentina man Aquilani, not long on the pitch, then had to be replaced himself after seeming to take a knock to the head.

As the second half wore on, the Republic sensed they might grab the victory.

And indeed they almost did as Hull player Quinn struck the bar and, from the loose ball, Aidan McGeady's follow-up effort was well saved by Sirigu.

Italy begin their World Cup campaign against England on 14 June.

Line-ups

Italy

  • 31Sirigu
  • 24DarmianSubstituted forAbateat 88'minutes
  • 4De Sciglio
  • 5MottaSubstituted forDe Rossiat 62'minutes
  • 29Paletta
  • 19Bonucci
  • 30Verratti
  • 18MontolivoSubstituted forAquilaniat 16'minutesSubstituted forParoloat 38'minutes
  • 22RossiSubstituted forCerciat 71'minutes
  • 17ImmobileSubstituted forCassanoat 57'minutes
  • 8Marchisio

Substitutes

  • 1Buffon
  • 2Maggio
  • 3Chiellini
  • 6Candreva
  • 7Aquilani
  • 9Balotelli
  • 10Cassano
  • 11Cerci
  • 12Insigne
  • 13Ranocchia
  • 14Destro
  • 15Barzagli
  • 16De Rossi
  • 20Abate
  • 21Pirlo
  • 23Pasqual
  • 25Parolo
  • 26Perin
  • 27Orestes Caldeira
  • 28Mirante

R. of Ireland

  • 1Forde
  • 2Coleman
  • 17Ward
  • 8MeylerSubstituted forGreenat 85'minutes
  • 4O'Shea
  • 24Pearce
  • 7McGeady
  • 26Hendrick
  • 9LongSubstituted forCoxat 73'minutes
  • 20HoolahanSubstituted forQuinnat 67'minutes
  • 13PilkingtonSubstituted forMcCleanat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Keogh
  • 5Clark
  • 6Sammon
  • 10Doyle
  • 11McClean
  • 12Kelly
  • 15Green
  • 16Murphy
  • 18Quinn
  • 19Cox
  • 21Murphy
  • 22Delaney
  • 23Duffy
  • 23Lawlor
Referee:
Michael Oliver

Match Stats

Home TeamItalyAway TeamR. of Ireland
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home15
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Italy 0, Republic of Ireland 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Italy 0, Republic of Ireland 0.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Alessio Cerci (Italy).

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alessio Cerci (Italy) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Antonio Cassano following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Italy. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Italy. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Italy. Ignazio Abate replaces Matteo Darmian.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Daniele De Rossi.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Paul Green replaces David Meyler.

  10. Post update

    Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Simon Cox (Republic of Ireland).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Claudio Marchisio (Italy) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alessio Cerci with a headed pass.

  13. Post update

    Daniele De Rossi (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).

  15. Post update

    Offside, Italy. Antonio Cassano tries a through ball, but Mattia De Sciglio is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen Quinn.

  18. Post update

    Stephen Quinn (Republic of Ireland) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Marco Verratti (Italy).

  20. Post update

    James McClean (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 31st May 2014

  • ItalyItaly0R. of IrelandRepublic of Ireland0
  • Bos-HerzeBosnia-Herzegovina2Ivory CoastIvory Coast1
  • ChileChile3EgyptEgypt2
  • FinlandFinland2EstoniaEstonia0
  • CroatiaCroatia2MaliMali1
  • NorwayNorway1RussiaRussia1
  • AlgeriaAlgeria3ArmeniaArmenia1
  • AlbaniaAlbania0RomaniaRomania1
  • LithuaniaLithuania0LatviaLatvia1
  • NetherlandsNetherlands1GhanaGhana0
  • PortugalPortugal0GreeceGreece0
  • MexicoMexico3EcuadorEcuador1

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