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World Cup 2018

Fixtures & Results

Colombia COL 1

Japan JPN 2

REPORT

Poland POL 1

Senegal SEN 2

REPORT

Russia RUS 3

Egypt EGY 1

REPORT

Portugal POR 1

Morocco MAR 0

REPORT

Uruguay URY 1

Saudi Arabia SAU 0

REPORT

Iran IRN 0

Spain ESP 1

REPORT

Denmark DNK

Australia AUS

France FRA

Peru PER

Argentina ARG

Croatia CRO

Brazil BRA

Costa Rica CRI

Nigeria NGA

Iceland ISL

Serbia SRB

Switzerland SUI

Belgium BEL

Tunisia TUN

South Korea KOR

Mexico MEX

Germany GER

Sweden SWE

England ENG

Panama PAN

Japan JPN

Senegal SEN

Poland POL

Colombia COL

Saudi Arabia SAU

Egypt EGY

Uruguay URY

Russia RUS

Spain ESP

Morocco MAR

Iran IRN

Portugal POR

Denmark DNK

France FRA

Australia AUS

Peru PER

Iceland ISL

Croatia CRO

Nigeria NGA

Argentina ARG

Mexico MEX

Sweden SWE

South Korea KOR

Germany GER

Switzerland SUI

Costa Rica CRI

Serbia SRB

Brazil BRA

Senegal SEN

Colombia COL

Japan JPN

Poland POL

Panama PAN

Tunisia TUN

England ENG

Belgium BEL

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Republic of Ireland v United States – the story of the match

Callum O’Dowda shines as Ireland come from behind to win.

Alan Judge came off the bench to blast the Republic of Ireland to victory over the United States and hand John O’Shea the perfect send-off.

The Brentford midfielder’s 90th-minute winner came just seconds after his introduction on a night when Shamrock Rovers striker Graham Burke, the first League of Ireland player to make the starting XI since Joe Gamble in 2007, claimed his first goal to cancel out Bobby Wood’s opener.

It clinched a 2-1 win at the Aviva Stadium to ensure O’Shea’s 118-cap international career ended in style.

Tweet of the match

Star man

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Callum O’Dowda, right, impressed for Martin O’Neill’s side (Brian Lawless/PA)

On a night when Ireland once again laboured for long periods, much of the impetus for their better spells came from Bristol City midfielder Callum O’Dowda. His willingness to run at the United States defence repeatedly caused panic and created space for the men around him.

End of an era

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Republic of Ireland’s John O’Shea acknowledges the fans in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

O’Shea’s 118th and final senior appearance for the Republic of Ireland lasted just 34 minutes as he he was given the send-off he so richly deserved. The central defender, who won his first cap against Croatia in August 2001, walked out with his children wearing shirts emblazoned with his number four and “Daddy” and left to warm applause from an appreciate crowd at the Aviva Stadium.

Rover the moon

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Republic of Ireland’s Graham Burke, right, celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game (Brian Lawless/PA)

Burke was far from over-awed having been handed his big chance made sure he left his mark on the game. The Rovers striker was in the right place at the right time to turn substitute Darragh Lenihan’s shot home to claim his first goal for his country in his second appearance.

Player ratings

Republic of Ireland: Colin Doyle 7 (out of 10), Seamus Coleman 6, John O’Shea (Capt) 6, Kevin Long 6, Shane Duffy 7, Declan Rice 6, Jeff Hendrick 5, Callum O’Dowda 8, Jonathan Walters 7, James McClean 7, Graham Burke 7. Subs: Darragh Lenihan (for O’Shea, 34) 6, Daryl Horgan (for Burke, 58) 7, Enda Stevens (for Duffy, 72) 6, Harry Arter (for Hendrick, 82) 6, Alan Judge (for O’Dowda, 89) 7.

United States: Bill Hamid 6, DeAndre Yedlin 6, Cameron Carter-Vickers 6, Matt Miazga 6, Jorge Villafana 6, Wil Trapp (Capt) 7, Tim Weah 5, Tyler Adams 7, Weston McKennie 6, Rubio Rubin 7, Bobby Wood 7. Subs: Tim Parker (for Carter-Vickers, 61) 6, Shaq Moore (for Yedlin, 70) 6, Josh Sargent (for Wood, 70) 6, Luca de la Torre (for Rubin, 72) 6, Joe Corona (for McKennie, 81) 6.

Who’s up next?

Wales v Republic of Ireland, UEFA Nations League, Thursday, September 6.

France v United States, friendly, Saturday, June 9.

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