Republic of Ireland 0-0 Wales: Nations League game ends goalless in Dublin

Republic of Ireland 0-0 Wales: Nations League game ends goalless in Dublin
Captain Aaron Ramsey felt Wales could have a first half penalty for a foul on Ethan Ampadu

Wales remain unbeaten in the League of Nations after drowning in a lifeless goalless draw against the Republic of Ireland.

The vague first half was the main point for Wales after Republic goalkeeper Darren Randolph bundled Ethan Empadu.

No team produced a real chance until the 55th minute, moving closer to the Republican Shen Long trash can.

James McLean was sent off for the hosts after two yellow cards after a quick retreat at the end of the game and, although Wales searched hopefully for a late winning goal, neither side deserved to win a well-known forgettable encounter.

Wales are top of Group B4 with a trip to Bulgaria on Wednesday, after winning their first two matches of the Nations League campaign.

But they will be without striker Keefer Moore at Sofia – who has been a suspect for the game with a bruised toe – Cardiff City’s goalkeeper made a yellow card to speed up the suspension.

Although the Republic is still in search of its first victory, it was in some ways a commendable effort given that Stephen Kenny’s men had to argue with the withdrawal of five players on the morning of the game and now have to go to Finland on Wednesday.

Wales are unbeaten – but unbelievable

With two wins from their opening two fixers against Finland and Bulgaria, Wales traveled to Dublin with confidence for their fifth meeting with the Republic in three years.

Thursday Friendly loss to England 3-0 Manager Ryan Giggs rested the game with a selection of Harry Wilson and Daniel James, while Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey returned to the starting line-up as captain as one of four changes from the match at Wembley.

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After a start at the empty Aviva Stadium, visitors made a shot at the target as Vinson’s curling effort from the edge of the penalty area was accelerated by Randolph.

Kifer Moore's booking in Dublin means the striker has been suspended for Wales' next game in Bulgaria
Kifer Moore’s booking in Dublin means the striker has been suspended for Wales’ next game in Bulgaria

The Irish goalkeeper was lucky enough to accept a penalty five minutes later, he dropped the cross and then clapped to Empadu, who hit him into the ball.

Referee Anastasius Sidiropoulos ignored Wales’ opposition, and did so when he appealed for a handball after Rams hit shots Shane Duffy and Cyrus Christie.

The latter was frustrated with the penalty appeal as Wales were frustrated by the inability to play against a strong and streamlined Irish team with an offensive current.

As he wore on the second half, with a lack of search and purpose on his side, Giggs turned to his bench and brought in David Brooks, Dylan Levitt and Neko Williams, who made the injury-time winner as substitutes against Bulgaria last month.

On this occasion, however, there is no imaginary interference from anywhere in Wales.

This was another candid demonstration and a reminder of how Giggs’ side could be attacked. Out of all the teams that will qualify for Euro 2020, no one has made less in qualifying than his team.

And while this was a typical performance, with Wednesday’s game in Bulgaria – and a home match against Republic and Finland in November – Wales are still in control of their Nations League group.

Republic calculated Covid-19 costs

Things could get worse for the Republic, whose preparations were heavily disrupted in the morning of the game Five of his players refused One of them tested positive for coronavirus.

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Aaron Connolly and Adam Ida have already been ruled out due to the Covid-19 issue – withdrawing shortly after Thursday’s Euro 2020 play-off semi-final defeat to Slovakia – while David McGoldrick and James McCarthy are also out due to injuries. Were.

All of this was particularly unhealthy as the Irish morale was low after Slovakia lost the shootout and their Nations League campaign got off to a poor start, which saw a draw in Bulgaria before losing to Finland.

Given the upheaval they had endured in the past, Kenny and his side would have been satisfied with such an unbearable start to the game.

Robbie Bruber D was the only player in the first half to be threatened with a whipping attempt, who just blew a huge whistle, and until the 55th minute he didn’t get a chance to score properly on either side.

It was created by Anda Stevens on the left side of the republic, who was clipping a beautiful cross going forward with the long-trapped Welsh keeper Wayne Hennessy.

If the Irish felt they were able to pinch the winning target in the end, the hopes were lost by booking Klein Connor Roberts for a tripping and then, just moments later, picking up another yellow card for a wild lung, those hopes were dashed. On Ampadu.

McClean protested his innocence but it was a lost cause, the draw left Republic on two points from three games and now probably focused on keeping his place in the second tier of the Nations League.

The player of the match

RamsayAaron Ramsey

Republic of Ireland

  1. Squad number4Player nameDuffy

  2. Squad number13Player nameHendrick

  3. Squad number22Player nameMolambi

  4. Squad number2Player nameRepeat

  5. Squad number23Player nameRandolph

  6. Squad number3Player nameStevens

  7. Squad number9Player nameLong

  8. Squad number17Player nameHorgan

  9. Squad number10Player nameBrady

  10. Squad number18Player nameMaguire

  11. Squad number6Player nameHaurihane

  12. Squad number19Player nameCullen

  13. Squad number20Player nameChristie

  14. Squad number14Player nameLong

  15. Squad number11Player nameMcLean


  1. Squad number10Player nameRamsay

  2. Squad number.Player nameHennessy

  3. Squad number4Player nameDavies

  4. Squad number3Player nameAnn Williams

  5. Squad number15Player nameAmpadu

  6. Squad number14Player nameRoberts

  7. Squad number6Player nameRoden

  8. Squad number7Player nameH. Wilson

  9. Squad number16Player nameMorrell

  10. Squad number17Player nameBrooks

  11. Squad number20Player nameJames

  12. Squad number19Player nameSmith

  13. Squad number18Player nameLevitt

  14. Squad number13Player nameMoore


R. of Ireland

  • 23Randolph
  • 2Repeat
  • 4Duffy
  • 14LongSubstitute forChristieOn 25 ‘MinutesBooked at 30 minutes
  • 3Stevens
  • 22MolambiSubstitute forCullenOn 90 ‘Minutes
  • 6Haurihane
  • 10BradySubstitute forHorganOn 73 ‘Minutes
  • 13Hendrick
  • 11McLeanBooked at 83mins
  • 9LongSubstitute forMaguireOn 74 ‘Minutes


  • .By
  • 16Kalehar
  • 17Horgan
  • 18Maguire
  • 19Cullen
  • 20Christie
  • 21Byron


  • .Hennessy
  • 14Roberts
  • 15Ampadu
  • 6Roden
  • 4Davies
  • 7H. WilsonSubstitute forAnn WilliamsOn 67 ‘Minutes
  • 19SmithSubstitute forLevittOn 67 ‘Minutes
  • 16MorrellBooked at 83mins
  • 20JamesSubstitute forBrooksOn 77 ‘Minutes
  • 10Ramsay
  • 13MooreBooked at 20 minutes


  • 2Gunter
  • 3Ann Williams
  • 5Kabango
  • 8Williams
  • 9Roberts
  • 11Matondo
  • 12Ward
  • 17Brooks
  • 18Levitt
  • 21Davies
  • 22Norrington-Davis
  • 23Walks

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