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26.03.2005 at 17:50 Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv Attendance: 40000
Israel 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland
Referee: V Ivanov (Russia) World Cup Qualifier / PROG-match

Suan 90 Clinton Morrison (4)
Opening squads
Ben Haim,
Shay Given
Andy O'Brien
John O'Shea
Steven Finnan
Stephen Carr
Kenny Cunningham
Kevin Kilbane
Roy Keane
Damien Duff
Clinton Morrison
Robbie Keane
Alon Harazi
Klimi Saban
Avi Nimni
Abas Soan
Pini Balili
Ohad Cohen
Yossi Shivhon
Paddy Kenny
Gary Doherty
Richard Dunne
Matt Holland
Graham Kavanagh
Andy Reid
Stephen Elliott
Balili for Tal, 64
Nimni for Afek, 64
Suan for Golan, 75
Matt Holland -> Clinton Morrison (85)
Yellow cards
Omer Golan
Abas Soan
Arik Benado
Tal Ben Haim
Stephen Carr
Roy Keane
Kevin Kilbane
Red cards
None None.
Other statistics
13 Shots 5
2 Shots on goal 4
3 Offsides 3
2 Corner kicks 5
23 Free kicks 11
0 Penalties 0
Match report

Pictures from the match
Israel 1 Rep of Ireland 1

Match Number 410

Substitute Abas Soan's last-gasp goal denied Republic of Ireland three crucial World Cup qualifying points after a 1-1 draw in Israel.

Clinton Morrison's early goal looked set to give Ireland a vital win until Soan popped up in the dying stages to fire a long-range shot past Shay Given.

Brian Kerr's men made a dream start breaking the deadlock after just four minutes through Morrison with their first serious attack of the game.

Damien Duff was the creator of the goal with a cross from the left which Morrison beat his marker Shimon Gershon to and smashed an unstoppable left-footed shot high into the net from an acute angle.

Israel tried to hit back almost immediately and Yaniv Katan wasted a good chance when unmarked in the box he headed Yossi Benayoun's cross over the top.

The hosts called Given into the action on 20 minutes with a fierce free kick from Omri Afek from the edge of the box which the Newcastle goalkeeper did well to push out.

A minute later Robbie Keane missed a good opening for Ireland when he got on the end of Duff's cross inside the box, but he could only head his effort off target.

The hosts were struggling to create any real clear openings and Omer Golan sent a header from Idan Tal's inviting cross over the top on 31 minutes.

Robbie Keane almost played his namesake Roy clear on goal on 36 minutes, but Adoram Keisi got back to deny the Manchester United man a shot at goal.

Duff gifted Israel a chance six minutes before the break when he gave the ball away to Katan inside his own half, but after being driven wide he could only fizz his shot well off target.

Carr suffered a blow just before half time when he was booked for time-wasting and the Newcastle full back will now miss the return game with Israel in June due to suspension.

Israel came out for the second half in determined fashion and Irish skipper Kenny Cunningham got in a vital block to prevent Benayoun from getting a shot in on goal.

Golan had a half chance on 57 minutes when Carr's poor clearance fell nicely to him on the edge of the box, but he could only shoot straight at Given.

The home side continued to push forward at every opportunity and Benayoun fluffed a great opening on 63 minutes when Golan slipped him through on the left, but the Racing Santander got his shot all wrong clipping it well over the crossbar.

Bolton defender Tal Ben Haim tried to rouse the home team with a barnstorming run into the box where the ball fell to Adoram Keisi, but the defender wasted the opening firing straight at a thankful Given.

Ireland were happy to sit back and try and hit Israel on the break and from one attack on 72 minutes they came close to grabbing a second goal when Steve Finnan saw his left-footed shot acrobatically tipped round the post by Dudu Awate.

Two minutes later Roy Keane picked up a yellow card for a late tackle on Benayoun which like Carr will rule him out of the home clash with Israel.

Israel drew level in the final minute when Soan struck with a fierce shot from the edge of the box to deflate the Irish.

Ireland almost won the game a minute later when Duff's deflected shot looped up into the air and onto the top of the crossbar, but Israel hung on to secure a share of the spoils.

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