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Monday, June 18, 2012
 Full Time
Italy
2
 
0
Ireland
A. Cassano  35' 1-0 
M. Balotelli  90' 2-0 
HT: 1-0
Stadion Miejski Poznan (Attendance: 44,416)
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir
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Italy vs. Ireland
Minute Commentary
90' FT: ITALY 2 IRELAND 0
Italy are through to the quarter-finals after victory over ten-man Ireland in Poznan. The crucial opening goal of the game came on 35 minutes, courtesy of a superb near-post header from Antonio Cassano from a corner expertly delivered by Andrea Pirlo. Italy scored their decisive goal in the quarter of an hour before the break when they were well on top, but other than that there was little to choose between the two sides. Ireland weathered the storm and grew in confidence as the game wore on, with Italy becoming increasingly nervous. The best chance for Giovanni Trappatoni's side came 12 minutes from time when a sweetly-struck free-kick from Keith Andrews forced Gianluigi Buffon into a sprawling save. Andrews was dismissed for a second bookable offence near the end and Mario Balotelli added a second in the final minute with a superb overhead kick. Ireland may not have claimed a single point in this tournament but they have certainly restored some pride with a display full of passion and lacking the catalogue of errors we have seen in their previous two matches. Italy survive, and will play the winners of England's group.
90' AN ANXIOUS WAIT
Italy have won here, but wait for the result from Spain and Croatia to see if they are through. A Croatia equaliser would put them out.
90' GOAL: ITALY 2 IRELAND 0
Mario Balotelli nets a fabulous second for Italy with an overhead kick from a right-wing Pirlo corner.
90' GOAL FOR SPAIN
Spain have taken the lead in Gdansk, so as it stands Italy are going through as runners-up.
89' RED CARD FOR ANDREWS
Keith Andrews has been sent off for his second bookable offence and has kicked the ball away in disgust.
88' TRIVIA ANSWER
Earlier we asked you to name the five members of Giovanni Trappatoni's 23-man Euro 2012 squad to have played top-flight football in Ireland. The answer? Stephen Ward, Kevin Doyle, Shane Long, James McClean and David Forde.
88' STILL STALEMATE
The good news for Italy is that it remains goalless in Gdansk.
87' IRELAND SUBSTITUTION
Simon Cox replaces Robbie Keane.
86' PENALTY CLAIMS
Mario Balotelli tees up Leonardo Bonucci, who shoots over just moments after John O'Shea escapes a good penalty shout for handball.
85' KNOW YOUR FOOTBALL?
Here's are last trivia question of the night and a chance to make amends if you slipped up with our earlier offering. Five members of Giovanni Trappatoni's 23-man Euro 2012 squad have played top-flight football in Ireland. Can you name them? Answer in a few minutes.
83' IRELAND BOOKING
Sean St Ledger is cautioned for fouling Mario Balotelli.
79' GREAT SAVE BUFFON
Ireland are awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal. Duff plays it sideways to Andrews, whose powerful shot beats the wall, but is beaten away by Buffon.
76' IRELAND SUBSTITUTION
Kevin Doyle makes way for Jon Walters.
75' ITALY SUBSTITUTION
Antonio Di Natale is replaced by Mario Balotelli.
74' ITALY BOOKING
Gianluigi Buffon is cautioned for dissent.
73' HALF-CHANCE FOR DUNNE
A half-chance for Ireland from a set-piece, but Richard Dunne cannot rise high enough to apply a downward header to Damien Duff's free-kick.
71' ITALY BOOKING
Daniele De Rossi is cautioned for bringing down Shane Long, who has been lively since coming on.
69' WASTED BY PIRLO
Pirlo's curling strike from the resulting free-kick is well over the crossbar. Ireland are still in this game. Just.
68' O'SHEA OFFENDS AGAIN
John O'Shea fells Alessandro Diamanti right on the edge of the area. Again, Mr Cakir is generous in not producing a second yellow card for the Sunderland defender.
67' AMBITIOUS ATTEMPT
Alessandro Diamanti manages a strike on target, but it's from all of 25 yards and Shay Given, despite his current dismal form, is not going to drop that one.
66' IRELAND SUBSTITUTION
Long is on. It's Aiden McGeady who makes way. He has had a disappointing tournament, the Spartak Moscow man.
65' CHANGE IN THE OFFING
Shane Long will be on very shortly for Ireland.
64' HAPPY FORMER HAMMER
Diamanti, of course, spent a season at West Ham, scoring eight goals, four from the penalty spot.
63' ITALY SUBSTITUTION
Antonio Cassano, the goalscorer, is replaced by Alessandro Diamanti of Bologna.
62' LUCKY O'SHEA
Federico Balzaretti has his shirt pulled by John O'Shea, who is lucky to not collect a second yellow card.
61' ANDREWS SHOT FROM DISTANCE
Doyle's touch sets up Keith Andrews. He can hit a ball, the West Brom midfielder, but this shot is too central and easy for Buffon.
60' FAILING TO DELIVER
Italy have gone six games without a win in major tournament finals, the longest barren run in their history. Their last victory came against France in their final group stage match in Euro 2008.
59' WAITING IN THE WINGS
Darron Gibson (24), James McClean (23), Shane Long (25). All young players who would benefit from tournament experience. Come on Giovanni, it's time to give youth a chance.
58' VOLLEY WELL OFF TARGET
Di Natale sets up Claudio Marchisio, but his volley from 22 yards is shinned well wide of the post.
57' ITALY SUBSTITUTION
Giorgio Chiellini is replaced by his Juventus team-mate Leonardo Bonucci.
56' CHIELLINI LIMPS OFF
Giorgio Chiellini is in some distress here. It looks like his night is done.
55' ROUTINE SAVE BY GIVEN
Motta and Cassano exchanges passes before Di Natale shoots tamely at Given from a narrow angle from the left side of the penalty area.
54' HEADER WIDE BY DUNNE
Ireland enjoy some rare time in the Italy half and Richard Dunne heads wide from a left-wing Robbie Keane corner.
52' OVER THE CROSSBAR
Cassano's dummy run creates space for De Rossi, who curls a shot over the bar from 20 yards. Ireland are on the rack here.
50' BLOCKED BY DUNNE
Federico Balzaretti shows his class as he beats Aiden McGeady again down the Italy left. The Palermo winger pullls the ball back to Antonio Cassano, who should do better than fire straight against Richard Dunne from ten yards out.
48' SHOT BLOCKED AGAIN
Italy are on the attack right from the off. A Federico Balzaretti cross from the left finds Antonio Di Natale, whose shot is blocked by Sean St Ledger.
47' ALL SQUARE ELSEWHERE
Looking at the highlights of the first half of the Croatia-Spain match at the interval, the world champions appear to have had the better of the few chances there have been in Gdansk.
46' HERE WE GO AGAIN
Ireland get the second half under way. Neither side has made any changes at the break.
45' HT: ITALY 1 IRELAND 0
Italy lead at the break thanks to that header ten minutes from the interval by Antonio Cassano, the Milan frontman beating Keith Andrews at an Andrea Pirlo corner to head past Shay Given. Up to that point, it had been much, much better from Ireland. They held their own for the first half-hour with a high tempo display which saw them close down Italy's playmakers at every opportunity. With a bit more quality they could have even taken the lead, but on at least two occasions they broke forward menacingly, only to be let down with the choice of final ball. Italy did not test Shay Given in the opening 30 minutes, but they gradually turned the screw and you sensed that the goal was coming. Ireland have been chasing shadows since falling behind. As it stands, Italy are going through as group C winners, but they will still need to go for goals in this second half.
42' PASS MASTERS
Italy have completed 256 passes so far, Ireland just 83.
39' IRELAND BOOKING
John O'Shea is cautioned after his arm inadvertently catches Federico Balzaretti in the face.
37' IRELAND BOOKING
Keith Andrews is booked for tripping Andrea Pirlo.
36' MORE ON THAT GOAL
Andrea Pirlo's corner from the right was met by a near-post corner which was too powerful for Given to keep out. Duff tried to hack if off the line, but it was already over.
35' GOAL: ITALY 1 IRELAND 0
Antonio Cassano heads Italy in front.
34' OFF THE LINE
Cassano finds Di Natale in space down the right. Given rushes off his line but the striker rounds him and shoots goalwards from a narrow angle. Sean St Ledger is there to clear off the line, but the Italy striker did brilliantly to even get it on target. Moments later Given fumbles a straightforward shot from Cassano.
34' FINE DEFENDING AGAIN
Antonio Di Natale tries to wriggle through the Ireland defence, but Sean St Ledger anticipates the danger and gets across to make a vital interception.
31' ST LEDGER THE HERO
Federico Balzaretti does superbly to beat Aiden McGeady down the left. The cross finds Antonio Di Natale, whose fierce shot thumps into the chest of Sean St Ledger.
30' BACKS TO THE WALL
The Ireland supporters are jumping up and down with their backs to the action. Where better to do a Poznan than in Poznan itself?
28' ITALY BOOKING
Federico Balzaretti is cautioned for tripping Aiden McGeady.
27' DUNNE IN THE WAY
Italy create their best chance so far, but Richard Dunne gets in the way of Antonio Di Natale's shot.
24' WASTED OPPORTUNITY
Ireland counter again after robbing Pirlo of the ball. They had a four on three break, but Aiden McGeady failed to deliver the killer pass.
23' GOOD CROSS FROM McGEADY
Ireland create a half-chance. Duff squares the ball to Aiden McGeady, who dribbles forward before putting in a useful cross (we've not said that too many times at this tournament). Kevin Doyle jumps purposefuly, but fails to make contact.
21' TRIVIA ANSWER
Earlier we asked you who were the four other Ireland players prior to Damien Duff to have won 100 caps. They are: Shay Given (125 caps), Robbie Keane (120), Kevin Kilbane (110) and Steve Staunton (102).
18' ACTUALLY, ANDREA'S FINE
Andrea Pirlo is evidently not hurt as badly as he was originally making out. The Juventus man is spraying the ball around just fine and as a result is being booed loudly by the Ireland fans.
17' PIRLO STAYS DOWN
Andrea Pirlo is caught in possession by a crunching tackle by Kevin Doyle. He ended up kicking the Ireland man and seems to have picked an ankle injury.
15' SO FAR, SO GOOD
By and large Ireland have kept Andrea Pirlo quiet so far tonight, which has to be a good thing for their chances.
13' IT'S TRIVIA TIME
Damien Duff tonight becomes the fifth player in Ireland history to reach the milestone of 100 caps. But can you name the four players who got there before him? Sorry to be pedantic, but to earn full points we need them in descending order of caps won, this is a major tournament, after all. Answer in a few minutes.
11' CASSANO CAUSES PROBLEMS
Antonio Cassano skins Sean St Ledger down the right, but John O'Shea is there to head the cross away from danger at the far post.
8' PANIC IN THE BOX
An Andrea Pirlo corner causes problems for Ireland, but Thiago Motta slips at the vital moment just as he is presented with a chance only six yards from goal.
7' BREAKING AT PACE
Ireland break quickly from the back, but Andrea Barzagli muscles Kevin Doyle off the ball after a forward run from the Wolves frontman had taken him into the penalty area.
6' BETTER ALREADY
Ireland had conceded goals inside the first four minutes of all four halves of football they had played at Euro 2012 before tonight. They're already doing better – and have been excellent in the opening exchanges.
5' PRESSURE ON ITALY
Damien Duff drops a free-kick in from the right and Kevin Doyle is in space, but fails to get a meaningful touch on his header.
3' UP FOR THIS ONE
If the expression on the faces of the Irish boys during the national anthem is anything to go by they are aiming to right a few wrongs tonight. Pumped up is an understatement.
2' WIDE BY DE ROSSI
Back come Italy and Daniele De Rossi volleys wide from 22 yards.
1' ALMOST A GOAL!
Italy gave the ball away right from the kick-off and Kevin Doyle had a sniff of a chance, only for his first touch to let him down.
1' HERE WE GO
Italy kick off, attacking the goal to our right. Damien Duff won the toss and opted for choice of ends.
0' TEAM NEWS
As expected, Mario Balotelli has not made the Italy starting line-up, with the Manchester City striker's place going to Antonio Di Natale. Italy show three other changes from the side that drew with Croatia, with Ignazio Abate, Andrea Barzagli and Federico Balzaretti replacing Christian Maggio, Leonardo Bonucci and Emanuele Giaccherini. Ireland named their side yesterday, recalling Kevin Doyle with Simon Cox dropping back down to the bench.
0' TONIGHT'S TEAMS
Italy: Gianluigi Buffon; Ignazio Abate, Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini, Federico Balzaretti; Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo, Daniele De Rossi; Thiago Motta; Antonio Di Natale, Antonio Cassano. Ireland: Shay Given; John O'Shea, Sean St. Ledger, Richard Dunne, Stephen Ward; Aiden McGeady, Glenn Whelan, Keith Andrews, Damien Duff; Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle.
0' PREVIEW
Boy, how Ireland could do with a lift. After waiting 10 years to make an appearance in the finals of a major tournament, the experience has turned into an absolute nightmare. No-one expected them to escape from a group containing two World Cup winners in Spain and Italy, but Ireland teams have always prided themselves on organisation, giving their all, and being competitive whatever the odds. Having never conceded three goals in a major tournament before, Ireland lost 3-1 to Croatia in their opening game. What followed against Spain was as one-sided an encounter as you are likely to see and the result could have been even more humiliating than the 4-0 hammering handed out in Gdansk. Giovanni Trapattoni has rightly been handed a vote of confidence by the FAI, but the Italian is very much set in the ways that have served him well over the course of his career and refuses to budge from what he knows. Here, with Ireland already out and with some of the current players looking past their sell-by date, was the perfect chance to give youngsters – James McClean in particular – a start in Poznan and some vital tournament experience. Instead, the Italian makes just the one change, bringing back the man he dropped for the first game, Kevin Doyle, at the expense of the player who replaced him, Simon Cox. Curious. It's not so much about restoring pride here, more in giving something back to the fans, who have simply been the best in the tournament and have failed to let the dismal performances of the national side dampen their ardour or good spirits. It is 18 years to the day since Ray Houghton's famous goal gave Ireland a 1-0 victory over Italy in Giants Stadium, New Jersey, at the 1994 World Cup. Time to make some new memories on this special day in the Ireland football calendar. For Italy, meanwhile, their fate is out of their own hands. They need to win, certainly, but even if they do that, a 2-2 draw between Spain and Croatia would see them eliminated. This scenario has echoes of Euro 2004 when the Italians under Trapattoni were knocked out at the group stage after a 2-2 draw between Sweden and Denmark, who both progressed. Tonight's match kicks off at 1945BST (1845GMT), so join us around 30 minutes beforehand when we should have the confirmed team news, followed by a live match commentary.
0' PLAYERS TO WATCH
It's been hard to pick out any Ireland player who has remotely covered themselves in glory over the opening two matches, so the least we can hope is that some of the major players in the side such as Shay Given and Robbie Keane manage to produce a performance which will to some degree restore their international reputations. The Aston Villa goalkeeper has been in shocking form, while Ireland's inability to retain possession or to create clear-cut chances has made Keane look impotent and has left him at times an anonymous figure. Damien Duff will captain the side on what will be his 100th cap for the national team and will be looking to make an impact. It may be the Fulham man's last match in a major tournament, he will be 35 by the time the World Cup comes round in 2014. Italy's best player by a mile in this tournament so far has been Andrea Pirlo. The 33-year-old midfielder has continued the scintillating domestic form that helped carry Juventus to the Serie A title. Pirlo more than held his own in the opening match against Spain's much-vaunted midfield quintet and again looked a class act in the opening half against Croatia. His threat, however, was largely snuffed out in the second half and Italy looked punchless without him pulling the strings. There is an argument that Cesare Prandelli's side are over-reliant on Pirlo, a bit like Portugal depend to a large degree on the performances of Cristiano Ronaldo.
0' EARLY TEAM NEWS
Trapattoni has already named his starting line-up, it's the one that began the opening match against Croatia, with Simon Cox having been dropped following the Spain debacle and Kevin Doyle reinserted in his place. Ireland team v Italy: Shay Given; John O'Shea, Richard Dunne, Sean St Ledger, Stephen Ward; Damien Duff (Capt),Glenn Whelan, Keith Andrews, Aiden McGeady; Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle. Mario Balotelli is a doubt for Italy, the Manchester City striker having suffered a knee injury in training on Saturday. Balotelli did train on Sunday, so is available, but there is talk he might be used as an impact player off the bench if Italy get desperate.
0' HEAD TO HEAD
There have been 11 previous encounters between the countries, with Italy winning on seven occasions, Ireland twice and two matches being drawn. One of those Ireland victories, however, did come the last time these sides met in a major tournament, Ray Houghton's goal earning a famous 1-0 victory in the group stages of World Cup 1994. That win avenged a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Italy in the quarter-finals of Italia 90, when Salvatore Schillaci's 38th-minute strike was enough to send the hosts through.
0' MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Taking charge of tonight's game is Cuneyt Cakir from Turkey, who is the youngest official at Euro 2012. The 36-year-old insurance agent is used to handling high-pressure games in his homeland, while European football fans will remember him for sending off Mario Balotelli in the first half of Manchester City's Europa League match with Dynamo Kiev in March 2011 card for a studs-up tackle on Goran Popov. Cakir also dismissed John Terry in the Champions League semi-final second leg in Barcelona after the Chelsea captain's foolish knee in the back of Alexis Sánchez, an off-the-ball offence spotted by the assistant referee. This is Cakir's second appointment so far in Euro 2012, the first being Ukraine's 2-1 victory over Sweden.
0' FORM GUIDE
We've already harped on about Ireland's two matches in this tournament, no point in re-opening old wounds. Italy opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw against reigning champions Spain, Antonio Di Natale giving the Azzurri a lead on the hour which lasted only four minutes when Cesc Fabregas levelled for Spain. They followed that up with another 1-1 draw against Ireland's conquerors Croatia. Andrea Pirlo gave Italy the lead direct from a free-kick, but they were largely outplayed in the second half and it was no surprise when Slaven Bilic's side scored a 72nd-minute equaliser through Mario Mandzukic.
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Teams
Italy
(4-1-3-2)
73' Gianluigi Buffon1
Ignazio Abate7
Andrea Barzagli15
57' Giorgio Chiellini3
28' Federico Balzaretti6
Andrea Pirlo21
Claudio Marchisio8
Thiago Motta5
71' Daniele De Rossi16
75' Antonio Di Natale11
63' 35' Antonio Cassano10
Substitutes
Morgan De Sanctis14
Salvatore Sirigu12
57' Leonardo Bonucci19
Christian Maggio2
Angelo Ogbonna4
63' Alessandro Diamanti22
Riccardo Montolivo18
Antonio Nocerino23
Emanuele Giaccherini13
75' 90' Mario Balotelli9
Sebastian Giovinco20
Fabio Borini17
Ireland
(4-4-2)
1Shay Given
4John O'Shea 39'
5Richard Dunne
2Sean St Ledger 84'
3Stephen Ward
7Aiden McGeady 65'
6Glenn Whelan
8Keith Andrews 37' 89' 89'
11Damien Duff
10Robbie Keane 86'
9Kevin Doyle 76'
Substitutes
23David Forde
16Keiren Westwood
18Darren O'Dea
12Stephen Kelly
13Paul McShane
17Stephen Hunt
15Darron Gibson
21Paul Green
22James McClean
14Jonathan Walters 76'
19Shane Long 65'
20Simon Cox 86'
Manager
Cesare Prandelli 
Manager
Giovanni Trapattoni 
Lineups
Italy Ireland
2 Goals 0
2 Assists 0
27 Shots 6
17 Shots on Goal 2
2 Saves 15
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
20 Crosses 18
12 Corner Kicks 5
3 Offsides 7
15 Fouls Committed 23
3 Cautions/Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 1
61% Ball Possession 39%
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Italy
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Gianluigi Buffon 90 - 1 0 0 2
3Giorgio Chiellini 57 0 0 0 - -
5Thiago Motta 90 0 0 0 - -
6Federico Balzaretti 90 0 1 0 - -
7Ignazio Abate 90 0 0 0 - -
8Claudio Marchisio 90 0 0 0 - -
10Antonio Cassano 63 1 0 0 - -
11Antonio Di Natale 75 0 0 0 - -
15Andrea Barzagli 90 0 0 0 - -
16Daniele De Rossi 90 0 1 0 - -
21Andrea Pirlo 90 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
9Mario Balotelli 15 1 0 0 - -
19Leonardo Bonucci 33 0 0 0 - -
22Alessandro Diamanti 27 0 0 0 - -

Ireland
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Shay Given 90 - 0 0 2 4
2Sean St Ledger 90 0 1 0 - -
3Stephen Ward 90 0 0 0 - -
4John O'Shea 90 0 1 0 - -
5Richard Dunne 90 0 0 0 - -
6Glenn Whelan 90 0 0 0 - -
7Aiden McGeady 65 0 0 0 - -
8Keith Andrews 89 0 2 1 - -
9Kevin Doyle 76 0 0 0 - -
10Robbie Keane 86 0 0 0 - -
11Damien Duff 90 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
14Jonathan Walters 14 0 0 0 - -
19Shane Long 25 0 0 0 - -
20Simon Cox 4 0 0 0 - -
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Italy vs. Ireland
Minute Event
90' Game Over  Italy 2-0 Ireland
90' Half Over  Italy 2-0 Ireland
90' Corner Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
90' Shot on Goal  Alessandro Diamanti (Italy)
90' Corner Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
90' Shot  Mario Balotelli (Italy)
90' Cross  Damien Duff (Ireland)
90' Free Kick  Damien Duff (Ireland)
90' Foul  Duff fouled by Ignazio Abate (Italy)
90' Goal Kick  Shay Given (Ireland)
90' Shot  Leonardo Bonucci (Italy)
90' Corner Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
90' Goal  Mario Balotelli (Italy). Assist by Diamanti
90' Shot on Goal  Mario Balotelli (Italy)
90' Corner Kick  Alessandro Diamanti (Italy)
90' Shot on Goal  Mario Balotelli (Italy)
89' Red Card  Keith Andrews (Ireland)
89' Yellow Card  Keith Andrews (Ireland)
89' Foul  Pirlo fouled by Keith Andrews (Ireland)
88' Shot on Goal  Mario Balotelli (Italy)
86' Offside  Jonathan Walters (Ireland)
86' Goal Kick  Shay Given (Ireland)
86' Substitution  Simon Cox (on). Keane (off). (Ireland)
86' Shot  Leonardo Bonucci (Italy)
84' Shot on Goal  Alessandro Diamanti (Italy)
84' Free Kick  Alessandro Diamanti (Italy)
84' Yellow Card  Sean St Ledger (Ireland)
83' Foul  Balotelli fouled by Keith Andrews (Ireland)
83' Foul  Diamanti fouled by Damien Duff (Ireland)
82' Goal Kick  Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
82' Cross  Robbie Keane (Ireland)
81' Offside  Robbie Keane (Ireland)
81' Foul  Balzaretti fouled by Jonathan Walters (Ireland)
80' Offside  Robbie Keane (Ireland)
80' Cross  Shane Long (Ireland)
80' Cross  Stephen Ward (Ireland)
79' Throw-In  John O'Shea (Ireland)
79' Shot on Goal  Keith Andrews (Ireland)
77' Foul  Walters fouled by Alessandro Diamanti (Italy)
77' Throw-In  Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
77' Foul  Balotelli fouled by John O'Shea (Ireland)
76' Substitution  Jonathan Walters (on). Doyle (off). (Ireland)
76' Offside  Thiago Motta (Italy)
75' Foul  Buffon fouled by Richard Dunne (Ireland)
75' Cross  Damien Duff (Ireland)
75' Corner Kick  Damien Duff (Ireland)
75' Substitution  Mario Balotelli (on). Di Natale (off). (Italy)
74' Cross  Stephen Ward (Ireland)
73' Yellow Card  Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
73' Cross  Damien Duff (Ireland)
73' Free Kick  Damien Duff (Ireland)
72' Foul  Duff fouled by Thiago Motta (Italy)
72' Cross  Glenn Whelan (Ireland)
72' Free Kick  Glenn Whelan (Ireland)
71' Yellow Card  Daniele De Rossi (Italy)
71' Foul  Doyle fouled by Daniele De Rossi (Italy)
70' Foul  De Rossi fouled by Shane Long (Ireland)
70' Foul  Keane fouled by Ignazio Abate (Italy)
69' Cross  Ignazio Abate (Italy)
69' Cross  Ignazio Abate (Italy)
69' Goal Kick  Shay Given (Ireland)
69' Shot  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
69' Free Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
68' Foul  Diamanti fouled by John O'Shea (Ireland)
67' Foul  Pirlo fouled by Shane Long (Ireland)
67' Offside  Richard Dunne (Ireland)
67' Cross  Glenn Whelan (Ireland)
67' Corner Kick  Damien Duff (Ireland)
66' Shot on Goal  Alessandro Diamanti (Italy)
65' Corner Kick  Damien Duff (Ireland)
65' Substitution  Shane Long (on). McGeady (off). (Ireland)
64' Shot  Keith Andrews (Ireland)
63' Offside  Antonio Di Natale (Italy)
63' Foul  Whelan fouled by Alessandro Diamanti (Italy)
63' Goal Kick  Shay Given (Ireland)
63' Substitution  Alessandro Diamanti (on). Cassano (off). (Italy)
62' Shot  Antonio Di Natale (Italy)
62' Cross  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
62' Free Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
61' Foul  Bonucci fouled by John O'Shea (Ireland)
61' Throw-In  Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
60' Foul  Thiago Motta fouled by Glenn Whelan (Ireland)
60' Shot on Goal  Keith Andrews (Ireland)
60' Throw-In  Stephen Ward (Ireland)
59' Throw-In  John O'Shea (Ireland)
58' Foul  De Rossi fouled by Kevin Doyle (Ireland)
58' Goal Kick  Shay Given (Ireland)
58' Shot  Claudio Marchisio (Italy)
57' Foul  Cassano fouled by Richard Dunne (Ireland)
57' Foul  De Rossi fouled by Damien Duff (Ireland)
57' Throw-In  John O'Shea (Ireland)
57' Substitution  Leonardo Bonucci (on). Chiellini (off). (Italy)
55' Shot on Goal  Antonio Di Natale (Italy)
54' Goal Kick  Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
53' Shot  Richard Dunne (Ireland)
53' Corner Kick  Damien Duff (Ireland)
53' Cross  Aiden McGeady (Ireland)
52' Foul  Duff fouled by Claudio Marchisio (Italy)
52' Goal Kick  Shay Given (Ireland)
51' Shot  Daniele De Rossi (Italy)
51' Throw-In  Ignazio Abate (Italy)
50' Goal Kick  Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
50' Shot  Kevin Doyle (Ireland)
50' Cross  John O'Shea (Ireland)
49' Goal Kick  Shay Given (Ireland)
49' Shot  Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
49' Shot on Goal  Antonio Cassano (Italy)
49' Cross  Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
49' Cross  Claudio Marchisio (Italy)
48' Throw-In  Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
48' Cross  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
48' Corner Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
47' Shot on Goal  Antonio Di Natale (Italy)
47' Cross  Andrea Barzagli (Italy)
47' Throw-In  Ignazio Abate (Italy)
46' Throw-In  Stephen Ward (Ireland)
46' Throw-In  Stephen Ward (Ireland)
46' Start Half 
45' Half Over  Italy 1-0 Ireland
45' Cross  Antonio Cassano (Italy)
44' Foul  Doyle fouled by Giorgio Chiellini (Italy)
44' Corner Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
43' Shot on Goal  Daniele De Rossi (Italy)
43' Throw-In  Stephen Ward (Ireland)
42' Throw-In  Stephen Ward (Ireland)
41' Offside  Robbie Keane (Ireland)
40' Foul  Thiago Motta fouled by Keith Andrews (Ireland)
39' Foul  McGeady fouled by Antonio Cassano (Italy)
39' Cross  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
39' Yellow Card  John O'Shea (Ireland)
38' Foul  Balzaretti fouled by John O'Shea (Ireland)
38' Throw-In  Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
38' Shot on Goal  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
38' Free Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
37' Yellow Card  Keith Andrews (Ireland)
37' Foul  Pirlo fouled by Keith Andrews (Ireland)
35' Goal  Antonio Cassano (Italy). Assist by Pirlo
35' Shot on Goal  Antonio Cassano (Italy)
35' Corner Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
35' Shot on Goal  Antonio Cassano (Italy)
34' Shot on Goal  Antonio Di Natale (Italy)
34' Goal Kick  Shay Given (Ireland)
33' Shot on Goal  Antonio Di Natale (Italy)
33' Cross  Ignazio Abate (Italy)
33' Throw-In  Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
31' Offside  Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
31' Shot on Goal  Antonio Di Natale (Italy)
30' Cross  Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
30' Throw-In  Ignazio Abate (Italy)
29' Foul  Barzagli fouled by Kevin Doyle (Ireland)
28' Yellow Card  Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
28' Foul  McGeady fouled by Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
28' Shot on Goal  Antonio Di Natale (Italy)
28' Cross  Antonio Cassano (Italy)
28' Throw-In  Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
28' Throw-In  John O'Shea (Ireland)
27' Foul  Chiellini fouled by Sean St Ledger (Ireland)
27' Cross  Damien Duff (Ireland)
27' Free Kick  Damien Duff (Ireland)
26' Foul  Duff fouled by Claudio Marchisio (Italy)
26' Foul  Keane fouled by Andrea Barzagli (Italy)
25' Cross  Kevin Doyle (Ireland)
25' Goal Kick  Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
24' Shot  Sean St Ledger (Ireland)
24' Cross  Damien Duff (Ireland)
24' Corner Kick  Damien Duff (Ireland)
24' Cross  Keith Andrews (Ireland)
23' Throw-In  Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
22' Cross  Aiden McGeady (Ireland)
22' Goal Kick  Shay Given (Ireland)
20' Offside  Aiden McGeady (Ireland)
19' Foul  Barzagli fouled by Richard Dunne (Ireland)
19' Cross  Damien Duff (Ireland)
18' Foul  Doyle fouled by Giorgio Chiellini (Italy)
18' Goal Kick  Shay Given (Ireland)
18' Shot  Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
17' Corner Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
15' Cross  Antonio Cassano (Italy)
13' Cross  Daniele De Rossi (Italy)
12' Offside  Aiden McGeady (Ireland)
12' Foul  Balzaretti fouled by Robbie Keane (Ireland)
11' Corner Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
11' Corner Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
11' Cross  Antonio Cassano (Italy)
10' Foul  Andrews fouled by Daniele De Rossi (Italy)
10' Foul  Pirlo fouled by Keith Andrews (Ireland)
9' Cross  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
9' Corner Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
9' Cross  Daniele De Rossi (Italy)
9' Throw-In  Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
9' Cross  Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
8' Throw-In  Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
7' Corner Kick  Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
7' Cross  Ignazio Abate (Italy)
7' Goal Kick  Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
6' Throw-In  Ignazio Abate (Italy)
5' Foul  Pirlo fouled by Keith Andrews (Ireland)
5' Throw-In  Stephen Ward (Ireland)
5' Throw-In  Ignazio Abate (Italy)
4' Goal Kick  Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
4' Cross  Damien Duff (Ireland)
4' Free Kick  Damien Duff (Ireland)
3' Foul  Duff fouled by Federico Balzaretti (Italy)
2' Goal Kick  Shay Given (Ireland)
1' Shot  Daniele De Rossi (Italy)
1' Cross  Antonio Di Natale (Italy)
1' Start Half 

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CRCrosses
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FCFouls Committed
FSFouls Suffered
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