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28.03.2017 at 19:45 Aviva Stadium Attendance:
Republic of Ireland 0 - 1 Iceland
Referee: Friendly-match

Goalscorers
None. Magnusson 19 mins,
Opening squads
Keiren Westwood
Cyrus Christie
Alex Pearce
John Egan
Conor Hourihane
Jeff Hendrick
Robert Brady
Aidan Mc Geady
John Hayes
James Mc Clean
Kevin Doyle
Kristinsson (GK),
Saevarsson,
Ingason,
Sigurdsson,
Sigurdarson,
Bodvarsson,
Skulason,
Gunnarsson,
Magnusson,
Gislason,
Finnbogason.
Substitutes
Darren Randolph
Colin Doyle
Andy Boyle
Stephen Ward
Richard Keogh
Stephen Gleeson
Eunan O Kane
Callum O Dowda
David Meyler
Daryl Horgan
Shane Long
Halldorsson (GK),
Jonsson (GK),
Kjartansson,
Arnason,
Sigurdarson.
Substitutions
Andy Boyle -> John Egan (62)
Stephen Gleeson -> Jeff Hendrick (62)
Eunan O Kane -> Conor Hourihane (62)
Daryl Horgan -> John Hayes (62)
Shane Long -> James Mc Clean (71)
Callum O Dowda -> Aidan Mc Geady (72)
Eyjolfsson for Sigurdsson 53 mins,
Omarsson for Sigurdsson 64 mins,
Karlsson for Finnbogason 71 mins,
Smarason for Skulason 78 mins,
Johnsson for Saevarsson 84 mins,
Skulsason for Gislason 88 mins,
Yellow cards
None. None
Red cards
None. None
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
Match report
Republic of Ireland 0-1 Iceland

Republic of Ireland suffered defeat in a tight contest against Iceland thanks to Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson’s first-half free-kick.


Ireland fielded an experimental side as Martin O’Neill used the game to assess his squad options as Conor Hourihane, John Egan, Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle all received their international debuts.

It was a difficult start for Egan who got a clashed with Icelandic striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson early on which led to him requiring a bandage for the rest of the game.

Both sides struggled to create chances until Iceland took the lead. Egan bundled over striker Kjartan Henry Finnbogason 25-yards out and Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson curled the ball over the Irish wall, into the bottom left-hand corner with Keiren Westwood unmoved in the 19th minute.

Ireland almost pulled themselves level 10 minutes from the break as James McClean, who was playing in a central attacking position on the night, crossed for Kevin Doyle who got in front of his defender but the header went narrowly wide.

Former Dundalk duo, who now play for English Championship side Preston North End, Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan were introduced with just under half an hour remaining to a rapturous Aviva Stadium welcome for their international debuts.

Horgan was consistently dangerous from wide areas as his low cross was narrowly missed by James McClean in the 67th minute before his looping cross from left was well defended by Sverrir Ingi Ingason under pressure from Doyle.

Bristol City winger Callum O’Dowda was brought on and almost made an immediate impact as he picked up the ball 40-yards out and drove towards goal, taking on two Icelandic before his low effort was deflected wide with 15 minutes remaining.

Ireland continued to press forward but failed to find the goal despite Andy Boyle’s late header which was well saved to see Iceland win the international friendly at the Aviva Stadium

Teams

Republic of Ireland: Westwood (GK), Christie, Egan (Boyle 62), Pearce, Brady, McGeady (O’Dowda 72) Hendrick (Gleeson 62), Hourihane (O’Kane 62), Hayes (Horgan 62), McClean (Long 71), Doyle.

Subs: Doyle (GK), Randolph (GK), Keogh, Ward, Meyler.

Iceland: Kristinsson (GK), Saevarsson (Jonsson 84), Ingason, Sigurdsson (Eyjolfsson, 53), Sigurdarson (Omarsson 64), Bodvarsson, Skulason (Smarason 78), Gunnarsson, Magnusson, Gislason (Skulason 88), Finnbogason (Karlsson 71).

Subs: Halldorsson (GK), Jonsson (GK), Kjartansson, Arnason, Sigurdarson.
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