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1 World Cup 2010 on Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:37 pm

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Ireland Falls to France 1-0




DUBLIN, Ireland — Nicolas Anelka kept France on course for the World Cup on Saturday with a lucky goal midway through the second half that clinched a 1-0 playoff win at Ireland. France laboured at Croke Park before the Chelsea striker capped his side's second-half improvement with a 72nd-minute shot from the edge of the area that hit defender Sean St. Ledger and spun beyond goalkeeper Shay Given.

Ireland drew 0-0 at France in World Cup qualifying five years ago. The same result in Wednesday's second leg at Stade de France would send the 1998 World Cup winners to the 2010 tournament. "We have seen that the Irish team are a very difficult team to beat," France captain Thierry Henry said. "They didn't lose a game in qualification so what we did tonight is nice.

"But it's still 90 minutes to go and it's going to be a tough game for us in Paris." France had an 11th-minute strike by Andre-Pierre Gignac disallowed for offside but Ireland created chances too. Robbie Keane was blocked by the goalkeeper at close range, Liam Lawrence had a shot deflected just past the post and Keith Andrews shot wide.

"I preferred the second half when we were more ourselves," France coach Raymond Domenech said. "There were lots of high balls, which isn't our game. "The main point is that we didn't concede any goals and I am happy with this."

Ireland was just one of five European teams to complete its group matches undefeated, but has never qualified ahead of France on the five previous occasions the teams have been paired in the preliminaries for the World Cup. The visitors showed enough class in front of a 74,103 crowd to suggest that sequence will be extended.

With Anelka able to skip past the first challenge and attack from the right almost at will, France was far more fluid going forward than an Ireland side reliant upon the central midfield tackling of Andrews and Glenn Whelan to disrupt their opponents' rhythm. France left striker Karim Benzema, who cost more when he moved to Real Madrid this year than the whole Ireland team combined, on the bench all night but peppered Given's goal at the start of the second half with shots by Yoann Gourcuff, Lassana Diarra and Anelka.

Still, France needed luck to win.

Midfielder Diarra passed to Gourcuff, who laid the ball off to Anelka. Given had the Chelsea striker's shot covered but it struck St. Ledger's boot as he turned and went into the net off the right post. "I said to the players, we played 90 minutes; this is the first half," Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni said. "We will have in Paris, the second half. All is possible in football. For example, a little deflection can turn the game around."

France's propensity to surge forward did at times leave it exposed, and when Anelka lost the ball in the 31st a swift move involving Keane and Kevin Doyle ended with midfielder Andrews shooting wide. And Ireland had missed an even better chance just three minutes earlier.

Doyle flicked on a long ball to Keane, who controlled with his chest and was about to shoot from close range when he was blocked by quick-thinking goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The ball ran to Lawrence, who was rushing to support his colleagues, and the midfielder was left with his head in his hands after Evra got across to deflect his shot narrowly wide of the right-hand post with Lloris nowhere near.

France's defenders looked uncertain how best to deal with long passes coming at them, but Ireland's back line was just as vulnerable. Richard Dunne and John O'Shea both misjudged long passes by France in the opening 15 minutes, the former almost giving away a goal when he let Eric Abidal's punt from defence bounce over his head. Gignac collected the ball and lobbed it neatly over Given but his effort was ruled offside.

Andrews contributed some more bumbling defending five minutes before halftime when he broke up an attack but then dribbled through a group of players into his own area. Thierry Henry stole the ball and engineered space for a shot that went just wide.

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This saddens me greatly, as Canada has no soccer club, I often root for the English and Irish. Now the Irish must win in Paris by 2 goals to qualify for South Africa. It will be an uphill battle.

2 Re: World Cup 2010 on Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:40 pm

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I'm waiting for full contact soccer...

They need to make the goals bigger so there will be more scoring.

A nil - nil (meh) soccer game is only one degree less boring than watching golf or tennis. All of which are on par with watching paint dry.

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3 Re: World Cup 2010 on Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:48 pm

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grumpy old man wrote:I'm waiting for full contact soccer...

They need to make the goals bigger so there will be more scoring.

A nil - nil (meh) soccer game is only one degree less boring than watching golf or tennis. All of which are on par with watching paint dry.

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I love watching World Cup soccer. It is such an exciting sport. There are virtually no stoppages of play, and th players are in fantastic shape. What follower of the sport can forget this magical moment in 1986:





I still get goosebumps watching this. it is almost like God is playing soccer in the form of Maradona's body...

4 Re: World Cup 2010 on Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:54 pm

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This match brought tears to my eye. England, home to my distant relatives, destroy Croatia to win their division and advance to South Africa 2010...



The English are going all the way, baby!

5 Re: World Cup 2010 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:33 pm

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HurtinAlbertan wrote:This saddens me greatly, as Canada has no soccer club, I often root for the English and Irish.

What's wrong with Scottish? I guess they didn't make it either, but US and New Zealand have qualified.

6 Re: World Cup 2010 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:38 pm

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The Scots did not qualify. Best of luck to them in 2014.

7 Re: World Cup 2010 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:40 pm

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Once again, I'm rooting for Germany. They gotta win for Robert Enke.


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8 Re: World Cup 2010 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:43 pm

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The Germans always do well. I was hoping they would defeat the Italians in 2006, but they came up short.

9 Re: World Cup 2010 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:46 pm

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I was hoping too... but I took solace in the fact they beat Portugal to clinch third place.

I loathe Cristiano Ronaldo.


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10 Re: World Cup 2010 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:49 pm

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SMW wrote:I was hoping too... but I took solace in the fact they beat Portugal to clinch third place.

I loathe Cristiano Ronaldo.

Me too.

I have never forgiven him for the incident with Wayne Rooney in the 2006 World Cup

11 Re: World Cup 2010 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:52 pm

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... it was the little wink to his teammates after the incident that clinched it for me. I imagine there was some tension back at Old Trafford...


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12 Re: World Cup 2010 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:23 pm

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Here is what I am reading...

Blah, Blah blah, blah blah blah, blah. Old Trafford...

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13 Re: World Cup 2010 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:40 pm

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Did somebody say something?


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14 Re: World Cup 2010 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:43 pm

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What? Huh? I just got a chill...


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15 Re: World Cup 2010 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:45 pm

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Yup, that DIY Voodoo Doll kit was the best investment I ever made!


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16 Re: World Cup 2010 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:45 pm

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grumpy old man wrote:What? Huh? I just got a chill...

Probably cause your fly is open>

17 Re: World Cup 2010 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:59 pm

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Stop looking!


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18 Re: World Cup 2010 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:41 pm

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SMW wrote:I was hoping too... but I took solace in the fact they beat Portugal to clinch third place.

I loathe Cristiano Ronaldo.

AKA...Eurogreasy. Is there anyone who's not Portuguese that like's him even a little?

19 Re: World Cup 2010 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:43 pm

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HurtinAlbertan wrote:
SMW wrote:I was hoping too... but I took solace in the fact they beat Portugal to clinch third place.

I loathe Cristiano Ronaldo.

Me too.

I have never forgiven him for the incident with Wayne Rooney in the 2006 World Cup

The guy has absolutely NO class at all. It's too bad too cause I can't deny his skills.....I just don't like the whiny little b1tch. Douche bag wrecked his new Ferrari the day he bought it too lol.

20 Re: World Cup 2010 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:25 pm

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As good as Ronaldo is, Lionel Messi is better!


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21 Re: World Cup 2010 on Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:37 pm

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I Cannot friggin believe it!

After calling every Pub in the city to see if they are showing the Ireland-France game today (the second of back-to-back qualifying games), I actually found a live stream on the net.

ANd would you believe 30 friggin seconds after I started watching, IRELAND SCORE!!!!




1-0 Ireland!!!

30 minutes gone

GO IRISH!!!

http://atdhe.net/10488/watch-france-vs-ireland

22 Re: World Cup 2010 on Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:11 pm

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WHO SCORED FOR THE IRISH?????????


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23 Re: World Cup 2010 on Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:45 pm

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AN IRISH SOCCER PLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

24 Re: World Cup 2010 on Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:49 pm

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Could have been an own goal and then it would have been a Frenchman>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


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25 Re: World Cup 2010 on Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:56 pm

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holly golightly wrote:WHO SCORED FOR THE IRISH?????????

KEANNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!



Robbie Keane. Who else!!! Smile

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