Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Republic of Ireland: How the players rated

Shay Given - 7
Made one top drawer save, but it turned out to be offside anyway. Commanded his area with as much authority as possible and needed clever judgement to avoid conceding penalties to Evra and Anelka. No chance of keeping out the Chelsea striker's deflected strike
John O'Shea - 6
Surprisingly sloppy in possession on a couple of occasions, but generally an assured presence who went about his defensive duties diligently and knew when to knock the ball into touch and buy some time. Could have done better when unmarked in French area shortly after interval though
Stephen Hunt - 5
(for Lawrence 80) Has thrived as an impact sub in the past, but this was a difficult encounter to come into. Quick throw did win Ireland a rare corner on the night, but delivery was short of his best. Unable to properly impose himself

How each individual in the Irish team fared in the World Cup qualifying play-off against France at Croke Park.

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