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Hungary 0-0 Ireland (FT)
19.13 – Hello, and welcome to our liveblog of Ireland’s final pre-Euros game.
A number of questions will be answered tonight, many of which have been asked here.
19.17 – Here is the hosts’ team for this evening:
Hungary: 1 Bogdan; 2 Varga, 4 Meszaros, 5 Korcsmar, 3Gyurcso; 7 Dzsudzsak, 6 Halmosi, 8 Pinter, 11 Koman; 9 Szalai, 10 Szakaly.
Subs: 12 Kiraly, 13 Kadar, 14 Nemeth, 15 Debreceni, 16 Navczak, 17 Koltai, 18 Szabics.
19.18 – And here is the side Trap’s named:
Ireland: Given, O’Shea, Dunne, St Ledger, Ward, Duff, Andrews, Whelan, McGeady, Keane, Doyle.
Subs: 16 Westwood, 12 Kelly, 14 Walters, 15 Gibson, 17 Hunt, 18 O’Dea, 19 Long.
19.21 – In contrast to the lovely Dublin weather, it is absolutely lashing rain in Budapest.
19.28 – As you know, Trap has revealed that the team playing tonight will be identical to the side starting against Croatia next weekend, barring injuries.
Do you think it’s wise of Trap to announce his starting line-up for the Euros so early?
19.31 – There seems to be a bit of confusion, as Hungary came out into the tunnel, only to promptly return to their dressing room. Perhaps they don’t fancy playing in the lashing rain.
The Ireland players, on the other hand, are waiting around in the tunnel, looking somewhat perplexed as they do so.
19.32 – It’s now been confirmed that there’ll be a ten-minute delay to the game, owing to concerns over the weather.
19.38 – Just to clarify, it is due to concerns over thunder and lightning that the game’s been delayed.
As Paul Dempsey of Setanta rightly points out, it seems strange that the players’ welfare seems very much prioritised ahead the supporters’, given that there’s very little cover from the possibility of thunder and lightning in the stadium.
19.39 – The referee is going to make a decision on whether the game goes ahead or not in three minutes, according to Setanta.
19.50 – And we’re underway…
19.43 – With the teams preparing to go out, it looks like this game is set to go ahead.
19.46 – With the national anthems currently being played, it seems fair to suggest that this game is now DEFINITELY going ahead.
19.52 – The effect of the rain on the playing surface is clearly noticeable, with the ball travelling slower than it should.
19.55 – Ward finds himself unusually far forward down the left wing, but his hanging cross is easily collected by the Hungarian goalkeeper.
The Wolves defender will need to produce better deliveries than that if Ireland are to have any hope of threatening from the left flank.
19.58 – Kevin Doyle does well to hold up the ball. He is subsequently impeded by the defender, and Ireland win a free-kick 40 yards from the goal.
It’s played short for Duff, who finds O’Shea with a decent ball in, and the Sunderland man’s header goes marginally over the bar.
20.01 – Dunne only half clears the ball with a header, and Szakaly hits it dangerously across the face of goal.
Szalai attempts to get on the end of it, but he’s subtly prevented from connecting with the ball by Glenn Whelan, who blocks him off.
20.04 – Like the Trap regime in general, Ireland have been solid if unspectacular so far.
They’ve threatened to carve out chances on a few occasions, but a lack of communication by the attacking players has let the side down somewhat.
20.07 – Robbie Keane has just latched on to a Kevin Doyle header, and his powerful shot is parried away by the goalkeeper. Better from Ireland.
20.10 – Great work from Damien Duff to escape his marker down the right wing, but as he looks to cross he’s short of options, and Hungary clear his ball in comfortably.
Meanwhile, down the other end, Hungary threaten, as Dzsudzsak’s shot is deflected off St Leger, forcing Given to palm the ball away to safety. The hosts look very dangerous on the counter-attack.
20.12 – Szakaly curling cross narrowly misses the onrushing Szalai, who collides with Dunne innocuously, and appeals unreasonably for a penalty.
20.16 – Glenn Whelan makes a strong, ambitious forward run, and is halted only by a last-ditch tackle from the Hungarian defender. *rubs eyes*
Meanwhile, Dzsudzsak produces a powerful shot from just outside the box, which Given parries away, as the home side continue to threaten.
20.20 – Another hanging cross, this time from Robbie Keane in the direction of Kevin Doyle, but again Bogdan catches it with relative ease.
Ireland have been unconvincing – particularly in the final third – so far.
20.27 – Whelan ambitiously attempts to test the goalkeeper with a free-kick on the right, when a cross may have been the better option. His effort sails a few yards over.
Meanwhile, Szalai is through on goal from a cross after St Ledger’s slip, but he woefully scuffs his shot from close range, in what is his side’s best chance of the game so far.
20.31 – So far Hungary don’t look a side who are 17 places below Ireland in the FIFA rankings.
They’ve undoubtedly been the better team, controlling the tempo of the game and creating the better chances.
20.36 – Strange decision by the Danish referee. Doyle has a chance to break away down the left wing, but he calls play back and books the Hungarian defender for a tug on the Irish striker’s shirt, failing to play advantage in the process.
Shortly thereafter, the ball is played through to Szalai, who evades the challenge of Dunne, but he’s prevented from scoring owing to a last-ditch tackle from Ward.
The big striker has caused Ireland numerous problems already.
20.37 – HALF-TIME: HUNGARY 0-0 IRELAND
20.43 – So it’s half-time, and it’ll be difficult for Trapattoni to take many positives from that first half, aside from the fact that there’s been no injuries so far.
The word ‘pedestrian’ springs to mind when assessing Ireland’s performance. They’ve offered very little in attack, and had a few let offs down the other end as well.
And perhaps most worryingly of all, Hungary have virtually nothing to play for, while Ireland are preparing for their first European Championships in 24 years.
20.48 – As an aside, there is a Pinter in the Hungarian line-up. I wonder if he’s any relation to this man:
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20.52 – Brian Kerr is expressing concerns about Stephen Ward. Do you share them?