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Ireland v Macedonia: Newspaper Reports

28 March 2011 1,474 views No Comment Written by Ronan

With a 2-1 home win over the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Saturday night, the Republic of Ireland moved up to ten points, and now sit at the top of the Group B table alongside Slovakia and Russia. Here’s how the result was reported in newspapers at home and abroad.

Irish Independent
Ireland flatter to deceive

“Ireland got three points in the manner most people had expected at the Aviva last night, but it is always a disappointment how underwhelming Giovanni Trapattoni’s side can be. Nobody anticipated the show which the manager always reminds us is available at La Scala, but when Ireland led by two goals after 21 minutes, there was some hope that the night might be enjoyable. No attendance was announced during the game by the FAI but the empty seats told the story, not only of this side’s lack of entertainment or the FAI’s pricing plan, but of a country. This team have an outstanding chance of qualifying for the European Championships and yet they could manage to add to the sense of despondency every step of the way.”

Observer
Robbie Keane strikes to give Ireland the edge over Macedonia

“Pandev sparked the Macedonia revival with a through ball for Trickovski, which he finished coolly and, from a position of comfort, Ireland contrived to ensure that their supporters endured anxiety. The tackles flew in and Boban Grncarov was lucky to escape with a yellow card for a kung-fu style kick that bloodied Long about the head. Jonuz made attacking substitutions, going to two up front and his team played more inside the Ireland half. Trapattoni’s men did go close through Duff, but it was Trickovski who had what his manager described as “the chance of the match.” Westwood, though, made himself big and Ireland survived. One of their specialities is doing things the hard way.”

Veder
Macedonia Still at the Tail End of European Football

“There was nothing new from Macedonia’s best players while playing in qualifying for the European Championship in 2012. Coach Mirsad Jonuz lost to R. Ireland in Dublin (2-1), and even with four good chances, were unable to get anything from the match, suffering their third consecutive defeat. Claims of offensive play and a positive result quickly disappeared when the bubble burst after just two minutes. After 20 minutes, it was 2-0. This was a great shock for the Macedonian team, and the players never really recovered, despite scoring just before the break.”

Pravda
Russia draw in Armenia, while Ireland beat Macedonia

“Ireland confirmed their pre-match tag of favourites,when they defeated Macedonia 2-1 at home in a close game. Manager Giovanni Trapattoni said afterwards that the win was very important. Slovakia, Russia, and Ireland all have ten points from five matches at the top of the group. Ireland were the stronger side on Saturday, and took the lead in the 2nd min, when Spartak Moscow winger Aiden McGeady cut inside to shoot. In the 21st min the Irish doubled their lead through captain Robbie Keane, and although Tričkovski scored just before the break, the home side held on and took the win.”

Gazeta
Makgidi catches up with Russia

“The Irish team were victorious at home against Macedonians, with the scoring being opened by Spartak Moscow’s Aiden Makgidi. This allowed manager Giovanni Trapattoni to catch up with the Russian team, but because of head-to-head games, they sit in third place. After a few poor performances in the autumn last year, Giovanni Trapattoni considerably altered the composition of his team, although the absence of goalkeeper Given and key defender O’Shea were down to injury. Nevertheless, Ireland were easily able to get the important three points.”

Gazzetta dello Sport
Trap’s Ireland suffer but beat Macedonia 2-1

“In Dublin, a remodelled Ireland overcame a fighting Macedonia side to join Slovakia and Russia at the top of the group. Trapattoni has to thank a disastrous night from goalkeeper Nuredinovski, as after just two minutes McGeady found the net from outside the box. Ireland doubled the score in the 20th minute after a mistake from Nuredinovski, he failed to hold onto Gibson’s shot and the ball fell to captain Keane. The attack in Macedonia was ineffective apart from Trickovski, who made the score 2-1 just before half-time thanks to a mistake from Dunne. In the second half Pandev almost levelled after two minutes. Ireland sat back more and more, and in the 75th minute had Westwood to thank for keeping out Trickovski. The unconvincing win puts Ireland back in the running.”

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