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Friendly Preview: Republic of Ireland -v- Qatar

Mon, Oct 11 2021

Qatar's Khalifa International Stadium in Doha Credit: Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

The Boys in Green arrive back at the Aviva Stadium to face Qatar following Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Azerbaijan in Baku. Ireland picked up their first competitive win in over two years, and Stephen Kenny’s first as manager.

A first half brace from Callum Robinson and a late header from Chiedozie Ogbene earned Ireland all three points, although they remain fourth in Group A.

20-year-old Adam Idah put in yet another good performance, running the channels and holding the ball up, and should have had a goal himself in the second half. Josh Cullen was impressive again in holding midfield and continues to look like a mainstay in this side for years to come. 

At the back, John Egan, Shane Duffy, and Andrew Omobamidele were solid, and bar a scare or two, emerged from Baku with a clean sheet. Gavin Bazunu was superb again, making two brilliant saves on his eighth cap for his country.

After so many “positive performances” that lacked results under Kenny, this was a win that was well overdue, and eases some of the pressure on the ex-Dundalk boss, who has been regularly facing questions about his job security. 

Kenny spoke to the media including extratime.com at FAI HQ on Monday looking ahead to the friendly against Qatar. The Ireland boss confirmed that Jason Knight will feature after his illness in Baku, although Daryl Horgan and Cullen are injury doubts.

“It’s a great game for us,” said Kenny. “Qatar are like a club team. They've played 17 games since March, Copa America, Asian Cup, CONCAF and games in this group. They are very athletic and play in a 3-5-2 with two high eights and two centre forwards.

“It's an interesting challenge for us. We’ll have to play really well. We want to experience winning at home and want our supporters to experience that.”

Liverpool number two Caoimhin Kelleher also spoke to the press, and it was confirmed he will make his full debut against Qatar.

“I have family coming up to watch the game. In front of the home fans to make my first start would be a special, proud moment for me.” Kelleher said.

Speaking about life as number two at one of the biggest clubs in the world, Kelleher said, “I’m No. 2 this season and it’s a good position to be in I think.

“Hopefully it’s a chance to play some games and the opportunity to play at a high level. I need to play well. If I need to have a conversation about playing more games, I’ll have it. I’m in a good position where I am.”

QATAR

Qatar come into Tuesday’s friendly having lost 3-0 to Portugal on Saturday, in which Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe’s most capped international on 181.

As guests in Group A of World Cup 2022 qualifying, they have picked up two 1-1 draws against Ireland and Luxembourg. Last March, James McClean’s early strike was cancelled out by Mohammed Muntari’s second half goal. 

Since taking charge last March, manager Feliz Sanchez has won eight, drawn three and lost four so far, with three of those defeats coming against Serbia and Portugal, Ireland’s Group A opponents. 

“All the matches in the European qualifiers are important and we are trying to benefit from every game, regardless of the opponent,” said Sanchez on the eve of the game.

Qatar’s key players include Hasan al-Haydos. The right-winger has scored 32 goals in 146 international appearances and holds the record for most caps for his country.

24-year-old Akram Afif plays on the left wing, and has already scored 16 goals in 59 caps, despite his young age. Striker Almoez Ali is the current side’s highest scorer, with 34 goals in 66 matches. 

Qatar finish their World Cup preparation friendlies away to Serbia and Azerbaijan in November, before beginning their Arab Cup games afterwards. 

Referee: Keith Kennedy (Northern Ireland)

MATCH STATS

This is just the second ever meeting between the sides, following a 1-1 draw last March in Hungary. 

Ireland’s 3-0 win over Azerbaijan last Saturday was their first competitive win since June 2019, when Mick McCarthy’s side beat Gibraltar 2-0. 

In their friendlies against the Group A sides, Qatar have won two, drawn two and lost three.

PREDICTION

Republic of Ireland 2 - 0 Qatar

Republic of Ireland

Injured: Dara O’Shea, Seamus Coleman, Ryan Manning.

Doubtful: Daryl Horgan. Josh Cullen.

Suspended: None.


Ireland
LSept. 1, 2021
Portugal 2 - 1 Ireland
DSept. 4, 2021
Ireland 1 - 1 Azerbaijan
DSept. 7, 2021
Ireland 1 - 1 Serbia
WOct. 9, 2021
Azerbaijan 0 - 3 Ireland
WOct. 12, 2021
Ireland 4 - 0 Qatar
Caoimhin Kelleher 16
Goalkeeper
Matt Doherty 7
46'
46Subbed Off: Cyrus Christie 46'
Defender
© Shane Duffy 4
Scored: 59'
77'
77Subbed Off: Nathan Collins 77'
Defender
John Egan 5
Defender
Andrew Omobamidele
Defender
Enda Stevens 3
Defender
Jeff Hendrick 13
Midfielder
Conor Hourihane 14
88'
88Subbed Off: Harry Arter 88'
Midfielder
Jamie McGrath
88'
88Subbed Off: James Collins 88'
Midfielder
Chiedozie Ogbene
69'
69Subbed Off: Jason Knight 69'
Midfielder
Callum Robinson
Scored: 4'
Peno Scored: 13'
Scored: 53'
77'
77Subbed Off: Troy Parrott 77'
Forward

Substitutes
Harry Arter 20
88'
88Subbed On: Conor Hourihane 88'
Midfield
Gavin Bazunu
Goalkeeper
Cyrus Christie
46'
46Subbed On: Matt Doherty 46'
Defender
Nathan Collins
77'
77Subbed On: Shane Duffy 77'
Defender
James Collins
88'
88Subbed On: Jamie McGrath 88'
Forward
Aaron Connolly 17
Forward
Daryl Horgan 11
Midfield
Adam Idah 9
Forward
Jason Knight 12
69'
69Subbed On: Chiedozie Ogbene 69'
Midfield
James McClean 11
Midfield
Troy Parrott
77'
77Subbed On: Callum Robinson 77'
Forward
Mark Travers 1
Goalkeeper
Qatar
DMarch 30, 2021
Qatar 1 - 1 Ireland
LSept. 1, 2021
Qatar 0 - 4 Serbia
LOct. 12, 2021
Ireland 4 - 0 Qatar
Meshaal Barsham
Goalkeeper
Abdelkarim Hassan
Defender
Ró-Ró
Defender
Bassam Al-Rawi
Defender
Homam Ahmed
Defender
Abdulaziz Hatem
Midfielder 73'
73Subbed Off: Assim Madibo 73'
Karim Boudiaf
Midfielder
Tarek Salman
Midfielder
Almoez Ali
Forward 73'
73Subbed Off: Ahmed Alaaeldin 73'
Hassan Al-Haydos ©
Forward
Akram Afif
Forward

Substitutes
Abdullah Marafee
Midfield
Assim Madibo
Midfield 73'
73Subbed On: Abdulaziz Hatem 73'
Booked: 85'
Musab Kheder
Defender
Salah Hassan
Goalkeeper
Ahmed Fathi
Unknown
Ali Assadalla
Midfield
Ahmed Alaaeldin
Forward 73'
73Subbed On: Almoez Ali 73'
Sultan Al-Brake
Defender
Abdullah Al-Ahrak
Midfield
Saad Al Sheeb
Goalkeeper
Yusuf Abdurisag
Midfield
Ismaeel Mohammad
Forward

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 International Friendlies

Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 12, 2021

Venue: Aviva Stadium

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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