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Hungary 0-0 Ireland (FT)
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.
19.38 – 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.
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.
20.16 – 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.
20.43 – 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.
20.52 – Brian Kerr is expressing concerns about Stephen Ward. Do you share them?