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03.09.2020 at 19:45 Aviva Stadium Attendance:
Bulgaria 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland
Referee: Manuel Schuettengruber (Aut). Nations League-match

Goalscorers
Bozhidar Kraev 56 mins, Shane Duffy (93)
Opening squads
Georgiev;
Popov,
Zanev (Galabov 79),
Dimitrov,
Nedyalkov,
Malinov,
Kostadinov,
Ivanov,
Kraev,
Delev (Karagaren 76),
Nedelev.
Darren Randolph
Matt Doherty
Shane Duffy
John Egan
Enda Stevens
Conor Hourihane
Jeff Hendrick
James Mc Carthy
Callum O Dowda
Adam Idah
Aaron Connolly
Substitutes
Nikolay Mihaylov (G)
Martin Lukov (G)
Ivan Goranov
Cicinho
Yanis Karabelyov
Stanislav Rabotov
Plamen Galabov
Birsent Karagaren
Ismail Isa
Dimitar Iliev
Filip Krastev
Aleksandar Tsvetkov
Caoimhin Kelleher
Mark Travers
Daragh Lenihan
Seamus Coleman
Harry Arter
Alan Browne
Robert Brady
Jason Molumby
Seanie Maguire
James Mc Clean
Shane Long
Callum Robinson
Substitutions
Birsent Karagaren (in) - Spas Delev (out) 76 mins,
Plamen Galabov (in) - Petar Zanev (out) 79 mins,
Aleksandar Tsvetkov (in) - Todor Nedelev (out) 83 mins,
Robert Brady -> James Mc Carthy (70)
Callum Robinson -> Callum O Dowda (74)
Shane Long -> Adam Idah (77)
Yellow cards
None Enda Stevens (22)
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
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Pictures from the match
4th Sep 2020

Stephen Kenny's first game as manager; Debut for Adam Idah

After an encouraging first-half display, Kenny's side were caught out by Bozhidar Kraev (56) after he found space in between Ireland defenders Duffy and John Egan.

Ireland showed fantastic determination and stuck to the game plan throughout, building from the back and eventually got their reward in injury-time.

Robbie Brady's incredible determination, where he blocked down a clearance and won a corner, saw him find the head of Duffy from a right-sided corner to level the tie.

It was as much as Ireland deserved with plenty of promising early signs.

"It was certainly a match we want to win for sure. There was a lot of good wing play and we had a lot of chances which we didn't take," said Ireland boss Stephen Kenny.

"To be fair, Bulgaria had some great chances as well, a great counter-attacking team but I always thought we controlled the game. You'd like to think that with the nature of a last-minute equaliser, it is a point gained but we'd like to win these matches.

"Shane Duffy's equaliser, a terrific equaliser, a fantastic header at the back post. Robbie Brady did brilliantly to chase it down and then the corner kick itself so there was no way we deserved to lose the game.

"It's our first game together after a really short period of time and we need to get ourselves turned around and ready for Finland now."

Bulgaria: Georgiev; Popov, Zanev (Galabov 79), Dimitrov, Nedyalkov, Malinov, Kostadinov, Ivanov, Kraev, Delev (Karagaren 76), Nedelev.

Republic of Ireland: Randolph, Doherty, Duffy, Egan, Stevens, Hendrick, McCarthy (Brady 70), Hourihane, O'Dowda (Robinson 74), Idah (Long 77), Connolly.
Referee: Manuel Schuettengruber (Aut).
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