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18.11.2020 at 19:45 Aviva Stadium Attendance:
Republic of Ireland 0 - 0 Bulgaria
Referee: Lawrence Visser UEFA Nations League- Group Stage / PROG-match

None. None
Opening squads
Darren Randolph
Dara O Shea
Jason Knight
Shane Duffy
Kevin Long
Conor Hourihane
Ryan Manning
Robert Brady
Ronan Curtis
Daryl Horgan
James Collins
M Lukov,
S Popov,
K Dimitrov,
G Angelov,
K Malinov,
A Tsvetkov,
S Delev,
D Lliev,
G Ivanov,
B Kraev
Caoimhin Kelleher
Mark Travers
Daragh Lenihan
Cyrus Christie
Ciaran Clarke
Graham Burke
Jack Byrne
Aaron Mc Eneff
Josh Cullen
Jack Taylor
Troy Parrott
Seanie Maguire
Karadzhov (GK)
Josh Cullen -> Daryl Horgan (67)
Jack Byrne -> Robert Brady (78)
Seanie Maguire -> James Collins (85)
Troy Parrott -> Ronan Curtis (86)
Cyrus Christie -> Ryan Manning (86)
Karagaren for Ivanov 60 mins;
Vasilev for Gusmao 60 mins;
Kovachev for Delev 61 mins;
Aleksandrov for Lliev 81 mins;
Yellow cards
Kevin Long (11)
Ryan Manning (21)
Gusmao 29 mins;
Ivanov 45 mins;
Red cards
None. None
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
Match report

Pictures from the match
Ireland finished their UEFA Nations League campaign with a scoreless draw at home to Bulgaria.

18th Nov 2020

Stephen Kenny’s side saw Ryan Manning make his senior debut, while there were also first competitive starts for Jason Knight and Ronan Curtis.

In the opening period, James Collins came closest for Ireland forcing a save from Martin Lukov, and also heading over the bar. Shane Duffy also came close on the half-hour mark. His header went wide.

While Ireland had the majority of chances, the visitors had chances. Aleksander Tsvetkov took advantage of a defensive mixup, but Kevin Long was on hand to block a shot.

Kenny’s side started the second half the brighter with Collins and Ronan Curtis coming closest. Robbie Brady’s shot from outside the box hit the crossbar with 20-minutes to go, as the home side continued in search of a goal.

Despite numerous chances for both sides near the end, neither could break the deadlock as Bulgaria were relegated to League C.

The draw means Ireland will play in League B in the 2022-23 UEFA Nations League.

Ireland: Darren Randolph; Dara O’Shea, Shane Duffy (capt), Kevin Long, Ryan Manning (Cyrus Christie 86); Jason Knight, Conor Hourihane; Ronan Curtis (Troy Parrott 86), Robbie Brady (Jack Byrne 78), Daryl Horgan (Josh Cullen 67); James Collins (Sean MAguire 86)

Bulgaria: Martin Lukvov; Strahil Popov (capt), Kristian Dimitrov, Georgi Angelov, Cicinho (Aleksandar Vasilev 60); Kristiyan Malinov, Aleksander Tsvetkov; Spas Delev (Svetoslav Kovachev 60), Dimitar Iliev (Denislav Aleksandrov 81), Galin Ivanov (Birsent Karagaren 60); Bozhidar Kraev

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