The Republic of Ireland defeat Uruguay in a friendly match
The Republic of Ireland defeated Uruguay with a 3-1 score in a friendly match before the World Cup qualifier against Austria on 4th of June.
The opener was fired by Jonathan Walters inside the first 27 minutes.
The second one was the result of visitors’ counterattack, with Gimenez equalising the score 10 minutes afterwards.
In the second half, the Republic regained the lead with Cyrus Christie’s effort in the 51st minute. The score was sealed with James McClean’s goal 13 minutes before the end of the match.
Martin Carcares almost scored for Uruguay before the break, but the attempt ended with a shot against hosts’ crossbar. Walters tried to go for a counterattack but failed to execute a successful shot.
Uruguay, however, were far from their best shape, as their striker Luis Suarez was absent and Edinson Cavani went off the field just after 11 minutes of play.
Republic went for more changes since their defeat against Mexico. Their boss, Martin O’Neil made eight changes, keeping in game only Christie, Shane Duffy and Randolph.
And indeed, Republic’s performance has improved much this time. With such players as Jeff Hendrick, Walters and Robbie Brandy the game was much livelier.
Walters fired the opener in the first half, which became his 13th international goal. Uruguay was fast to equalise from Gimenez’ shot, but the Republic made it clear in the second half, that it will be hard to force they loss.
Uruguay plays next their friendly match against Italy on 7th of June, while their next World Cup qualifier will be against Argentina on 31st of August.
The Republic will play their next World Cup qualifier against Austria on 11th of June.