Belgium vs Republic of Ireland

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UEFA Euro 2016

Group E

June 18th

Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France


47′ Lukaku

61′ Witsel

70′ Lukaku

Thanks for joining us.

FT: The result means that Belgium go second in Group E with three points, behind Italy on six points whilst the Republic of Ireland are bottom on one point behind Sweden on goal difference, who are also on one point. Sweden play Belgium next whilst the Republic of Ireland play Italy.

FT: The Republic of Ireland started the second-period much better than they started the first-half, but Belgium broke and the Irish momentum was halted. The Republic of Ireland didn’t trouble Courtois who was rarely tested. Once Belgium went ahead they looked fairly comfortable and the Republic of Ireland didn’t have a response.

FT: The game could have been different had the referee awarded the Republic of Ireland a penalty when Long was caught by a high foot from Alderweireld seconds before Lukaku put Belgium ahead, however Belgium were too dominant and took advantage of some shoddy Irish defending and deserved the victory.

FT: So Belgium comfortably beat the Republic of Ireland.

90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90’+1′ Hazard wins a freekick.

90′ There will be three additional minutes.

89′ Chance!! A Coleman cross falls to Ward who fires over on the half-volley.

84′ Close!! McClean curls the freekick just wide.

83′ Keane wins a freekick in a promising position.

82′ Chance!! De Bruyne receives the ball then shifts the ball onto his left foot before firing an effort that stings the palms of Randolph.

81′ Final Belgium change sees Lukaku replaced by Christian Benteke.

79′ Chance!! Mertens gets a bit fortunate with a ricochet before firing over on the volley.

78′ Final Republic of Ireland change see Long replaced by Robbie Keane.

75′ Chance!! Mertens drives forward before dragging a strike wide of goal.

71′ Second Republic of Ireland change sees Hoolahan replaced by Aiden McGeady.

70′ Goal!! Clark over-commits to a challenge and Hazard drives past him and sets up a two-against one situation with Lukaku in space, he finds the Everton man who then slots home past Randolph.

66′ Courtois claims a Coleman cross.

65′ Hazard wins a freekick.

63′ Second Belgium change sees Ferreira-Carrasco depart for Dries Mertens.

61′ First Republic of Ireland change sees James McClean replace McCarthy.

61′ Goal!! Witsel meets a first-time Meunier cross to head home past Randolph, who got a hand to it, to double their lead.

56′ First Belgium change sees Radja Nainggolan replace Dembélé.

55′ Dembélé is down and is receiving treatment.

52′ The delivery is cleared.

51′ Whelan wins a corner after his strike is deflected wide.

48′ Vermaelen is penalised for a foul on Long and receives a yellow card.

47′ Goal!! Belgium break from the freekick and De Bruyne finds Lukaku who curls home. There was actually a foul in the penalty-area prior to the Belgium goal from Brady’s delivery where Long was caught by  a high-foot by Alderweireld, but the referee played on and Belgian capitalised.

46′ Brady wins a freekick in a good position.

45′ The Republic of Ireland get the second-half underway.

HT: So will Belgium go ahead or will the Republic of Ireland frustrate the Belgians and get a goal themselves? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: Neither keeper has truly been tested. Belgium have played like they did against Italy but again they’ve been frustrated by the Irish defence who have defended well. Long has been working very hard, chasing a number of balls down the line and putting the Belgian defenders under-pressure, but they haven’t really given the Southampton forward the support and service he deserves. It’s a similar scenario for Lukaku, who has barely been in the game and the Belgian players need to give him the service he deserves if he is to put his side ahead.

HT: The Republic o Ireland haven’t really got going with a Long header the closest they’ve come. Belgium have gone close with Hazard firing over the bar and an Alderweireld header cleared off the line.

HT: So we’re goalless at the break with Belgium dominating the possession and creating a host of chances but so far there is nothing to separate the two sides.

45′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45′ Long is penalised for a foul.

44′ The delivery eventually falls into the path of Randolph.

44′ Coleman concedes a corner.

42′ Chance!! Vertonghen tries an acrobatic volley but his effort goes over the bar.

41′ Hendrick receives a yellow card for bringing another ball onto the pitch and concedes a freekick.

41′ Chance!! Alderweireld meets the corner but his header is cleared off the line by Brady.

41′ Clark concedes a corner.

38′ Dembélé is penalised for a foul on Hoolahan.

36′ Chance!! Alderweireld meets he delivery but he heads wide.

35′ Meunier wins a corner.

33′ Long is penalised for a foul somehow, despite three Belgium players clattering him.

31′ Chance!! Clark meets the delivery but he heads wide.

31′ Hendrick wins a freekick after a foul from Witsel.

29′ Chance!! Meunier shoots off-target. He had other options in the box.

28′ Chance!! De Bruyne cuts inside before curling an effort that Randolph saves well.

24′ Disallowed goal!! Ferreira-Carrasco is marginally offside and meets a De Bruyne cross with a header that’s tipped onto the bar by Randolph before the Belgian heads home the rebound, but the flag is up.

20′ Chance!! A dangerous cross from De Bruyne was cleared into the path of Hazard who fired over from close-range, although he should have at least hit the target.

19′ Ward concedes a corner.

19′ Courtois claims the delivery.

18′ Close!! Brady’s delivery is flicked-on by Long and Courtois is forced to tip the ball over from right under his bar.

17′ Vermaelen concedes a corner.

16′ Close!! De Bruyne’s delivery is dangerous but it evades everyone and goes just wide of the far-post.

15′ Hazard wins a freekick in a good position.

15′ Henrick miscues a cross and it goes out for a goalkick.

12′ Close!! The corner is met by  a glancing header by Alderweireld but it just flashes wide of the far-post.

11′ Whelan concedes a corner after blocking a Vertonghen cross.

8′ Meunier is caught offside.

4′ A teasing Ferreira-Carrasco cross is gathered a by Randolph.

0′ De Bruyne is penalised for handball.

0′ Belgium get the game underway.

Team news:

Belgium: Thibaut Courtois (GK), Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Meunier, Mousa Dembélé, Axel Witsel, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, Romelu Lukaku

Republic of Ireland: Darren Randolph (GK), Stephen Ward, Ciaran Clark, John O’Shea, Séamus Coleman, Robbie Brady, James McCarthy, Glenn Whelan, Jeff Hendrick, Wes Hoolahan, Shane Long 


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