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Stephen Kisbey-Green
Stephen Kisbey-Green

22:29 8 Oct 2020

Republic of Ireland were beaten 4-2 on penalties by Slovakia after a goalless game in Bratislava.

Ireland will not be heading to EURO2020 after the heartbreaking defeat to the hosts.

The boys in green placed a lot of pressure on the hosts in the first quarter, but were unable to break through with scores level after half an hour.

With the playing surface breaking up beneath the feet, both sets of players found it difficult to maintain their footing and produce many opportunities.

Although both sides managed to build a couple of chances, it was Ireland that looked more deadly on attack after 30 minutes. James McClean missed with a good shot late in the half that almost put Ireland in the lead.

Darren Randolph was solid in goals for the visitors, stopping a late shot from Ondrej Duda in the first half to keep scores level at halftime.

Slovakia made the only shot on target in the first half, although Ireland's six attempts would provide some hope to the visitors with the amount of pressure that they were placing on the hosts.

The second half started with Ireland putting a load of pressure on their hosts.

There were a few moments of controversy early in the second, most notably when Slovakian goalkeeper Marek Ródak hitting Shane Duffy in the side of the head when fisting the ball out from a corner.

Alan Browne had the best shot for Ireland on the 7oth minute of the game with a power shot that was pushed behind the posts by 'keeper Ródak.

Kenny's men put together a number of passes, but were unable to transfer their positive play into points.

With just under 20 minutes left in the second half, an Irish mistake in the box almost led to a gift of a goal for Slovakia.

Duffy on the goal line saved the visitors, and kept the game scoreless into the final ten minutes.

With time running out on the clock, it looked as if Ireland were certain to get the first goal of the game, as Callum Robinson had drawn Ródak out of goal before passing back to Conor Hourihane.

Hourihane sent the ball goal-wards, but would only find a Slovak defender who cleared the ball out for a rebound , which ultimately found Ródak off an Irish header.

Neither side were able to find the back of the net in normal time. With a number of chances for each side, extra time promised to be a tight battle to earn a spot in the EUROS2020 qualifier final.

Ireland created a number of chances in the first half of extra time, but they were unable to find the back of the net.

With 15 minutes left in the match, the prospect of penalties loomed large for both sides.

With 120 minutes of football played, nothing separated the two teams. Ultimately a penalty shootout would decide the victors in Bratislava.

Slovakia were able to hold off the visitors who missed two of their penalties at the end of the match.

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Bratislava David McGoldrick Enda Stevens Euro2020 Ireland Vs Slovakia James McCarthy James Mcclean John Egan Matt Doherty Republic Of Ireland Seamus Coleman Shane Duffy Slovakia Stephen Kenny

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