North And South: Irish Sides Struggle In The East As World Cup 2014 Gets Underway (Photos)

Alan Duffy

7th, September 2012


By Alan Duffy

That’s some divot

Both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland produced poor performances on Friday night in their opening World Cup qualifiers of the new campaign.

The North travelled to Moscow to face Fabio Capello’s Russia. Without the dropped Andrei Arshavin, the Russians still outplayed the Irish, with goals from Alexander Kerzhakov, in the first-half, and a late penalty from Roman Shirokov securing a deserved win for the home side.

The Republic of Ireland produced a dismal display away in Kazakhstan, who are the 142nd ranked in the world (116 below the Irish).  Kairat Nurdauletov scored just before the break as the Boys in Green struggled to match their opponents. However, with just a couple of minutes left on the clock, Robbie Keane converted a penalty before sub Kevin Doyle netted to give Giovanni Trapattoni’s side a very lucky win.

Here some photos of the Northern Ireland game (none of the Republic’s have come through yet!)


We’ll try to get highlights too!

Photos: PA


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  2. Jarren says:

    Norn Iron!

    What did we expect.

    Tuesday night we play Luxembourg. If we don’t beat them, I think it’s fair to say that you can all laugh at us again.

    We had our good times. We beat Sweden. We fucking beat Spain, with THAT Healy hat trick. It’s on Youtube, and yeah they were almost full strength.


    It’s back to getting drunk.

    Fuck it. We’re never going to qualify for another tournament unless we pull our socks up.

    Even still, are we REALLY that much worse than England, Scotland and Wales?


    Just sayin’…

  3. Crazy Davy says:

    “Both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland produced poor performances”

    Hold on a minute. We were playing Russia, in an extremely hard fixture away from home. Don’t drag NI into your “both teams were sh*te” report just because the Republic had a shocker against Kazakhstan.

  4. Dusty says:

    Lol “Northern” Ireland isn’t even a real country never mind a real football team.

  5. Crazy Davy says:

    Write a letter to FIFA Dusty if you don’t like it. Maybe you could ask Blatter to send McLean some play-dough and crayons while you’re at it.

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