European Championship Qualifying - Group D
R. of Ireland2Gibraltar0

Euro 2020 qualifiers: Republic labour to 2-0 win against Gibraltar

Robbie Brady celebrates his goal with Enda Stevens
Robbie Brady's goal was the first time in more than a year that the Republic scored twice in a game

The Republic of Ireland moved five points clear at the top of Euro 2020 qualifying Group D with a laboured 2-0 win against Gibraltar.

Joseph Chipolina's own goal was all that separated the sides until Robbie Brady's thumping injury-time header.

Brady's late goal added some gloss to what was another frustrating night for Mick McCarthy's side against Gibraltar.

Denmark's 5-1 defeat of Georgia allowed the Irish to extend their pool lead but with more difficult games remaining.

McCarthy's side must play both of their matches against top seeds Switzerland in the autumn and will complete their European Championship qualifying campaign at home to Denmark on 18 November.

Gibraltar park the bus as the Republic's breaks down

The Republic squad's arrival at the Aviva Stadium was delayed by 40 minutes after their team bus broke down but the shortened warm up did not deter the home side from playing with ambition against a team that they had struggled to break down in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier.

McCarthy handed Scott Hogan and Callum Robinson their first competitive starts in a more attack-minded 4-4-2 than the 4-3-3 shape employed in the 1-1 draw in Copenhagen last week, with Brady and Glenn Whelan the pair to make way.

Mick McCarthy posed with members of the Republic's police escort
The Republic squad needed a police escort to the ground after their bus broke down

Hogan, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Sheffield United, showed a good understanding with Blades striker David McGoldrick in the opening exchanges, with the Aston Villa forward producing a delicate touch to offer his strike partner an early sight of goal that he flashed over from a narrow angle.

Gibraltar, with Real Oviedo-bound Tjay de Barr in a lone attacking role, were content to pack their defence and frustrate their hosts with Hogan caught offside three times in the opening 20 minutes.

Lucky break for the opener

The Republic's opening goal came just after Gibraltar had produced their most threatening passage of play and Jeff Hendrick had to be alert to track back and intercept a crucial pass with his defence exposed.

Ireland immediately countered down the right through Seamus Coleman and Robinson.

Ireland's David McGoldrick shoot deflects off Joseph Chipolina of Gibraltar to score his sides first goal
McGoldrick's shot took a deflection off Gibraltar's Joseph Chipolina for the opening goal

Robinson's through pass rebounded back to Coleman and the Ireland captain's pull-back found McGoldrick, whose instinctive shot was going wide before taking a heavy deflection off Joseph Chipolina to divert the ball into the net - denying the impressive McGoldrick a first international goal.

The goal revived the Irish attack and Robinson had three opportunities to score, including a back-heeled flick that trickled wide and a curling left-footed strike that was just off the mark as the hosts threatened to double their lead.

Brady makes an impact

The Republic had over 70% possession against a team ranked 195th in the world but for the second time in this campaign they were frustrated by a side of largely part-time players.

Coleman and Robinson's burgeoning partnership on the right flank was a constant threat as the hosts dominated a one-sided but turgid second half.

Hogan forced a good save from Gibraltar goalkeeper Kyle Godwin at his near post and McGoldrick cut in off the left wing and smashed a shot against the post but the home supporters were growing restless as the minutes ticked by and further chances were missed.

Robbie Brady wheels away in celebration after scoring Ireland's second goal
Brady's seventh international goal sealed a laboured win for the Republic

Brady, who replaced Robinson, fired a late shot over the bar before finishing off the Republic's best move of the night in the 92nd minute.

Conor Hourihane's raking cross-field pass found James McClean in space and his whipped cross found Burnley midfielder Brady arriving at the back post to plant a spectacular header into the roof of the net.

The Irish players celebrated their late breakthrough with a mixture of elation and relief. They remain unbeaten in McCarthy's second spell in charge but with far more difficult tests to come.

Line-ups

R. of Ireland

  • 23Randolph
  • 2Coleman
  • 4Duffy
  • 5Keogh
  • 3StevensBooked at 68mins
  • 12RobinsonSubstituted forBradyat 73'minutes
  • 13Hendrick
  • 14Hourihane
  • 11McClean
  • 9McGoldrick
  • 17HoganSubstituted forMaguireat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McDermott
  • 6Whelan
  • 7Doherty
  • 8Maguire
  • 10Brady
  • 15Egan
  • 16Talbot
  • 18O'Dowda
  • 20Cullen
  • 21Curtis
  • 22Cunningham

Gibraltar

  • 1Goldwin
  • 4Sergeant
  • 14Chipolina
  • 3Chipolina
  • 12Mascarenhas-OliveroBooked at 25mins
  • 7CasciaroSubstituted forBardonat 10'minutes
  • 17HernandezSubstituted forJolleyat 77'minutes
  • 10Walker
  • 6Annesley
  • 11PonsSubstituted forBrittoat 64'minutes
  • 19De Barr

Substitutes

  • 2Garcia
  • 5Jolley
  • 8Bardon
  • 9Styche
  • 15Barnett
  • 16Mouelhi
  • 18Hernandez
  • 20Britto
  • 21Coombes
  • 22Priestley
  • 23Coleing
Referee:
Radu Marian Petrescu
Attendance:
36,281

Match Stats

Home TeamR. of IrelandAway TeamGibraltar
Possession
Home75%
Away25%
Shots
Home31
Away2
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home14
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Republic of Ireland 2, Gibraltar 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 2, Gibraltar 0.

Goal!

Goal! Republic of Ireland 2, Gibraltar 0. Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

Attempt saved. Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Ethan Britto.

Attempt missed. Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Roy Chipolina.

Foul by James McClean (Republic of Ireland).

Tjay De Barr (Gibraltar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Jack Sergeant.

Attempt missed. James McClean (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

Foul by Sean Maguire (Republic of Ireland).

Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Gibraltar. Ethan Jolley replaces Andrew Hernandez because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Andrew Hernandez (Gibraltar).

Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Tjay De Barr (Gibraltar).

Foul by Sean Maguire (Republic of Ireland).

Kyle Goldwin (Gibraltar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Joseph Chipolina.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Robbie Brady replaces Callum Robinson.

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

Attempt blocked. Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tjay De Barr (Gibraltar).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).

Attempt missed. Sean Maguire (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a corner.

Booking

Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Jack Sergeant.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Sean Maguire replaces Scott Hogan.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Kyle Goldwin.

Attempt saved. Scott Hogan (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David McGoldrick with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Gibraltar. Ethan Britto replaces Alain Pons.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 10th June 2019

  • R. of IrelandRepublic of Ireland2GibraltarGibraltar0
  • SpainSpain3SwedenSweden0
  • BulgariaBulgaria2KosovoKosovo3
  • Czech RepCzech Republic3MontenegroMontenegro0
  • SerbiaSerbia4LithuaniaLithuania1
  • UkraineUkraine1LuxembourgLuxembourg0
  • DenmarkDenmark5GeorgiaGeorgia1
  • Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands0NorwayNorway2
  • MaltaMalta0RomaniaRomania4
  • LatviaLatvia0SloveniaSlovenia5
  • North MacedoniaNorth Macedonia1AustriaAustria4
  • PolandPoland4IsraelIsrael0

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England220010196
2Czech Rep320156-16
3Kosovo31205415
4Montenegro4022310-72
5Bulgaria402257-22

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine431081710
2Luxembourg411245-14
3Serbia311157-24
4Portugal20201102
5Lithuania301237-41

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northern Ireland33006249
2Germany22005236
3Netherlands21016333
4Estonia200214-30
5Belarus300318-70

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1R. of Ireland431051410
2Denmark31209545
3Switzerland21105324
4Georgia410348-43
5Gibraltar300306-60

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hungary32015416
2Croatia32015416
3Wales21012203
4Slovakia21012113
5Azerbaijan200225-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain4400112912
2Sweden42118717
3Romania421111567
4Norway41218715
5Malta4103210-83
6Faroe Islands4004312-90

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland440080812
2Israel42118717
3Austria42027616
4Slovenia41217345
5North Macedonia411257-24
6Latvia4004113-120

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Turkey33008089
2France32018356
3Iceland320134-16
4Albania31023303
5Moldova310228-63
6Andorra300306-60

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium33008179
2Russia3201143116
3Scotland32014406
4Cyprus31026423
5Kazakhstan310237-43
6San Marino3003016-160

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy3300110119
2Finland32014226
3Greece311145-14
4Bos-Herze311145-14
5Armenia31024403
6Liechtenstein3003011-110
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