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Republic of Ireland 0-1 Iceland: Disappointing night for Martin O'Neill's side ends in defeat

Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson free-kick sinks Irish in Dublin

Hordur Magnusson's first-half free-kick was enough to hand Iceland a friendly victory over the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

The Bristol City defender curled home a 21st-minute free-kick to secure a 1-0 win as a much-changed Ireland side spluttered through the first half before belatedly finding a rhythm.

However, they were unable to make the pressure tell as they slipped to a first defeat at the Aviva Stadium for three years.

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Shane Long and Callum O'Dowda were thrown into the mix as McClean and McGeady made way soon afterwards with Ireland pressing for an equaliser.

The home side went close with 17 minutes remaining when Horgan picked up possession wide on the left and sent over a cross which eluded keeper Ogmudur Kristinsson, but did not fall for a green shirt.

O'Dowda was quickly into his stride, slipping past Eyjolfsson before unleashing a 76th-minute shot which cannoned off defender Sverrir Ingason and flew out for a corner.

Ireland finished in the ascendancy, but were only able to muster a series of half-chances which were easily snuffed out by the visitors as they managed to hang on with little difficulty.

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