TEAMtalk’s Republic of Ireland ratings

Date published: Sunday 10th June 2012 10:08

Shay Given: Will have been disappointed to be beaten by Mario Mandzukic’s early header and was unfortunate to see the striker’s second go in off his head, but was too often exposed by his defence. 5

John O’Shea: Found the going tough as full-back Ivan Strinic doubled up with midfielder Ivan Perisic down the Irish right. 5

Sean St Ledger: Dragged Ireland back into the game with a well-taken equaliser, but was fully-occupied at the back. 6

Richard Dunne: Mandzukic and Nikica Jelavic never allowed him to turn in the kind of defensive masterclass which proved so important in qualification. 5

Stephen Ward: Could not prevent the cross for the first goal and his error led to the second on a difficult night. 5

Damien Duff: Threatened fleetingly to get himself into the game, but was starved of meaningful possession for much of it. 6

Glenn Whelan: Worked hard in the middle in an effort to break up play, but it was a losing battle. 6

Keith Andrews: Struggled to stem the tide in the middle, but got forward regularly to support the men ahead of him and might have reduced the deficit late on. 7

Aiden McGeady (off 53 minutes): Delivered the free-kick for St Ledger’s goal and tried to give Ireland an outlet down the left, but spent much of his time having to defend. 6

Robbie Keane (off 74 minutes): Saw too little of the ball to make a real impression, but might have been awarded a second-half penalty. 6

Kevin Doyle (off 53 minutes): Battled manfully up front to make life difficult for Vedran Corluka, and won the free-kick which led to St Ledger’s equaliser. 7

Jon Walters (on 53): Put himself about as ever, but the game was lost by the time he came on. 6

Simon Cox (on 53): Busy after replacing McGeady on the left, but also found himself having to defend more than attack. 6

Shane Long (on 74): Had little time to make his presence felt as the clocked ticked down. 6

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TEAMtalk’s Republic of Ireland ratings

Date published: Sunday 10th June 2012 10:08

Shay Given: Will have been disappointed to be beaten by Mario Mandzukic’s early header and was unfortunate to see the striker’s second go in off his head, but was too often exposed by his defence. 5

John O’Shea: Found the going tough as full-back Ivan Strinic doubled up with midfielder Ivan Perisic down the Irish right. 5

Sean St Ledger: Dragged Ireland back into the game with a well-taken equaliser, but was fully-occupied at the back. 6

Richard Dunne: Mandzukic and Nikica Jelavic never allowed him to turn in the kind of defensive masterclass which proved so important in qualification. 5

Stephen Ward: Could not prevent the cross for the first goal and his error led to the second on a difficult night. 5

Damien Duff: Threatened fleetingly to get himself into the game, but was starved of meaningful possession for much of it. 6

Glenn Whelan: Worked hard in the middle in an effort to break up play, but it was a losing battle. 6

Keith Andrews: Struggled to stem the tide in the middle, but got forward regularly to support the men ahead of him and might have reduced the deficit late on. 7

Aiden McGeady (off 53 minutes): Delivered the free-kick for St Ledger’s goal and tried to give Ireland an outlet down the left, but spent much of his time having to defend. 6

Robbie Keane (off 74 minutes): Saw too little of the ball to make a real impression, but might have been awarded a second-half penalty. 6

Kevin Doyle (off 53 minutes): Battled manfully up front to make life difficult for Vedran Corluka, and won the free-kick which led to St Ledger’s equaliser. 7

Jon Walters (on 53): Put himself about as ever, but the game was lost by the time he came on. 6

Simon Cox (on 53): Busy after replacing McGeady on the left, but also found himself having to defend more than attack. 6

Shane Long (on 74): Had little time to make his presence felt as the clocked ticked down. 6

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