• Internationals
  • 14 November 2012, 7:45pm
  • Aviva Stadium
Rep of IrelandRep of IrelandvGreeceGreece
  • Holebas, 29

live commentary


90 mins:Salpingidis plays a dangerous ball across the goalmouth but Greece are sitting back and he does not have a team-mate in support.

89 mins:Just a minute plus injury time for Ireland to find an equaliser. The match is starting to peter out and it does not look likely.

87 mins:Fortounis swings in a cross from the left and finds Athanasiadis who heads wide from 12-yards.

85 mins:Coleman breaks down the right flank and is brought down by Fortounis who receives a yellow card.

83 mins:Ireland get the ball into the Greece box but Meyler's cross sails over everyone and bounces out for a goal-kick.

82 mins:Stafylidis makes way for Nikos Spyropoulos.

80 mins:In other international friendlies tonight Sweden have beaten England 4-2. Zlatan Ibrahamovic scored all four for Sweden including an incredible bicycle kick which is well worth seeing.

78 mins:Ireland are camped in the Greece half but need to start turning their possession into clear cut chances.

76 mins:Ireland are desperately trying to find an equaliser but time is running out and they have not threatened the Greece goal for a while.

74 mins:McClean tries his luck from way out and fails to trouble the keeper. The shot sails harmlessly over the crossbar.

72 mins:Hoolahan swings a corner to the far post and and finds O'Shea whose header is knocked behind for a corner by a Greece defender.

70 mins:McCarthy is replaced by David Meyler.

69 mins:Hoolahan's shot is blocked inside the box and drops kindly for Ward at the far post but he strikes his shot into the ground and wide of the target. The Wolves defender should do better.

67 mins:The hosts are enjoying all the possession and have already had six corners in this half. Still no breakthrough for Trapattoni's side though.

65 mins:Ireland have stepped it up a gear and are starting to pile the pressure on.

63 mins:McClean swings in a free-kick from the right but it hits the one man wall and deflects out for a corner.

61 mins:Andy Keogh replaces the injured Cox.

60 mins:Another Greece substitution as Giannis Maniatis replaces Torosidis.

60 mins:Ninis makes way for Loukas Vintra.

59 mins:Cox goes to ground and calls to the bench. He will not be able to continue for Ireland.

58 mins:McClean drifts in from the right flank and bends a shot around the far post with a decent left footed effort.

46 mins:Konstantinos Fortounis comes on for Mitroglou.

56 mins:Trapattoni is stood on the edge of his technical area barking out orders to his team. He does not look happy with Andrew's pass however as he tries to find Coleman on the right flank but sends the ball straight out for a goal-kick.

54 mins:Tachtsidis takes the set-piece and bends it left footed over the bar.

53 mins:Greece break for the first-time since half-time and win a free-kick in a dangerous position.

51 mins:Ireland have started the second-half well. Can they get back into the game?

49 mins:Andrews plays a delightful pass into the path of Cox who almost goes through on goal but Papadopoulos puts in a vital interception.

47 mins:Great strike from James McCarthy from outside the box and the keeper makes a save down to his right. He palms the ball into the path of Doyle who is brought down by a defender but the penalty appeal is turned down.

46 mins:Dimitrios Salpingidis takes the captain's armband from Samaras who is brought off.

46 mins:Kevin Doyle comes on for Shane Long.

46 mins:The first of two half-time changes for Ireland sees Wes Hoolahan replace Robbie Brady.

46 mins:The second-half is underway in Dublin.


45 mins:Long holds the ball up on the edge of the box and lays it off to Brady who drives a left-footed shot towards the near pos forcing a decent save from Karnezis.

45 mins:Brady curls in the corner but it is too close to the keeper who rushes off his line and punches the ball away.

45 mins:Late corner for Ireland with the half-time whistle moments away.

43 mins:Ciaran Clark goes in very strongly on Holebas and receives a booking. Kyriakos Papadopoulos is not happy with the challenge and voices his anger at the Ireland defender.

42 mins:Brady takes the set-piece but it drifts behind everyone in the box and Greece clear their lines.

41 mins:Stafylidis fouls Coleman and Ireland have a chance to whip in a free-kick from a decent area.

39 mins:Robbie Brady picks up a knock for Ireland now. The Manchester United winger - currently on loan at Hull City - is walking gingerly holding his thigh.

38 mins:Tachtsidis tries his luck at the other shot but his shot from distance is always rising and sails into the stand behind the goal.

37 mins:Long picks up a booking for a foul on Tachtsidis.

36 mins:More good football from Greece before Mitroglou fires a left-footed shot wide from 20-yards.

35 mins:Greece look much more settled since the goal and are passing the ball around comfortably.

33 mins:Whelan, who missed Ireland's last two games through injury, is coming off. Keith Andrews takes his place in the heart of midfield.

31 mins:Ireland will be disappointed to go behind after looking strong at the start of the game but Greece have looked stronger in the last ten minutes.

29 mins:GOAL! IRELAND 0-1 GREECE: Neat football from the visitors and JOSE HOLEBAS rounds off the move as his powerful shot on the edge of the box nestles in the bottom corner.

28 mins:Sightly worrying stat for Ireland fans: they have not scored against Greece in their only two international meetings. Greece won 1-0 in a friendly in 2000 before a 1-0 win in Athens in 2002.

26 mins:The game has evened out after a bright start from Ireland. Greece have found some rhythm.

24 mins:This is a good spell for the visitors. Vassilas Torosidis sends a cross towards the far post and Mitroglou rises to head it in but John O'Shea stretches to flick the ball over the striker.

23 mins:Sotirios Ninis spins his marker and lets fly from 30-yards forcing a fine save out of David Forde. Greece are beginning to find their feet in this tie.

22 mins:Greece try and break at the other end. It is their first real attacking threat but it comes to nothing as Panagiotis Tachtsidis overhits a through ball for Konstantinos Mitroglou.

20 mins:Georgios Samaras, who wears the captain's armband for Greece tonight, receives attention after an aerial collision. The Celtic striker has cut his face near his eye but will continue for the visitors.

18 mins:McClean whips in a cross from the corner of the box and it takes wicked deflection towards goal but Orestis Karnezis reacts well between the posts to make a save.

16 mins:Coleman almost finds Cox again in the danger area but this time the Nottingham Forest striker can't quite reach the cross. McClean keeps the move alive but his cross is too high for Long at the far post.

14 mins:Decent build-up play from Ireland again but this move comes to an end as Glenn Whelan delays a pass in the final third and is dispossessed.

12 mins:Giovanni Trapattoni will be pleased with the start his side have made against the Euro 2012 quarter-finalists. Now can Ireland turn their possession into goals?

10 mins:Chance for Simon Cox! Seamus Coleman plays a neat one two with Long on the right flank and crosses for Cox who heads over from six-yards.

9 mins:Ireland come into this game on the back of a 4-1 win over Faroe Islands. Greece meanwhile are unbeaten in their four World Cup qualifiers and have not conceded in their last three.

7 mins:The hosts are having the better of the early stages. James McClean finds room for a shot 25-yards out but drags his effort well wide.

5 mins:Ireland may feel harshly done by over the first penalty appeal but the second one would have been harsh on Greece.

3 mins:Shane Long bursts into the box and goes to ground. A second penalty shout is turned down for the home side.

1 mins:Penalty appeals for Ireland inside the first minute!. The ball strikes the arm of Konstantinos Stafylidis inside the box but the referee waves play on!

1 mins:The referee gets the game underway after a minute's silence for James Nolan.

  • Internationals
  • 14 November 2012, 7:45pm
  • Aviva Stadium
Rep of IrelandRep of IrelandvGreeceGreece
  • Holebas, 29

match report

Jose Holebas scored the winner as Greece beat Republic of Ireland in Wednesday's friendly in Dublin.

Ireland should have had a first minute penalty when Stephen Ward's cross from the left clearly hit Konstantinos Stafylidis on the hand but the referee waved on.

And Giovanni Trapattoni's side were made to pay when Georgios Samaras found Holebas, who scored from the edge of the box on 29 minutes.

The Italian's experimental side, which featured Ciaran Clark, James McCarthy, James McClean and Robbie Brady from the start and Wes Hoolahan after the break, competed well for long periods, but were unable to carve out the openings to take something from the game.

In front of a sparse crowd at the Aviva Stadium, where they were battered 6-1 by Germany in a World Cup qualifier last month, Ireland showed plenty of endeavour and at times craft, but they could not find the killer touch in front of goal.

As a result, Holebas' sweet 29th-minute strike was enough to win the game for the visitors and leave Trapattoni's detractors with enough ammunition to maintain their opposition to his continued presence at the helm heading into March's crucial World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.

But Ireland had strong claims for a first-minute penalty waved away by Israeli referee Eitan Shmuelevitz and defender Stafylidis could consider himself extremely fortunate not to be penalised for his less-than-effective attempt to deal with Ward's deep cross.

Cox went to ground inside the box under Sokratis Papastathopoulos' challenge three minutes later, but the appeals on that occasion were more muted and also ignored, and McClean scuffed a long-range effort wide.

The Republic looked certain to take the lead with 10 minutes gone when full-back Seamus Coleman, whose performance was a real plus for the hosts, crossed for Cox who headed at goal unopposed but he was unable to hit the target with just keeper Orestis Karnezis to beat.

Greece made Ireland pay when skipper Samaras, who had earlier had to leave the pitch for treatment to a head wound, turned Konstantinos Mitroglou's pass into the path of Holebas, who span John O'Shea and thumped the ball into the bottom corner.

Ireland pressed in the second period but could find no way through as Greece coasted to the final whistle and victory with few alarms.

team line-up

16David Forde
3Stephen Ward
19Seamus Coleman
4John O'Shea
13Ciaran Clark
6Glenn Whelan34
20Robbie Brady45
7James McCarthy70
11James McClean
17Simon Cox61
10Shane Long45


15David Meyler70
2Stephen Kelly
22Conor Clifford
9Kevin Doyle45
8Keith Andrews34
5Darren O'Dea
23Darren Randolph
18Andrew Keogh61
21Wes Hoolahan45

team line-up

1Orestis Karnezis
5Kyriakos Papadopoulos
15Vassilas Torosidis61
3Konstantinos Stafylidis82
18Sotirios Ninis60
6Alexandros Tziolis
20Jose Holebas45
17Panagiotis Tachtsidis
7Georgios Samaras45
9Konstantinos Mitroglou45


14Dimitrios Salpingidis45
22Konstantinos Fortounis45
4Nikos Spyropoulos82
12Kostas Peristeridis
2Giannis Maniatis61
21Dimitrios Siovas
16Elini Dimoutsos
11Loukas Vintra60
23Stefanos Athanasiadis45
8Panagiotis Kone
10Lazaros Christodoulopoulos

match stats

possession %5841
shots on target32
shots off target74
tackles won1013