Republic fall to shock defeat in Armenia

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Ogbene reacts after missing a chance
Chiedozie Ogbene missed an awesome probability for the Republic when he fired a free header over the bar in first-half stoppage time

The Republic of Eire’s Nations League marketing campaign started in deeply disappointing vogue as they fell to a shock defeat by Armenia in Yerevan.

Eduard Spertsyan scored the one objective, beating Republic keeper Caoimhin Kelleher with a rasping drive from distance 16 minutes from time.

Chiedozie Ogbene squandered the guests’ finest probability, misjudging a free header in first-half damage time.

The end result extends the Republic’s winless run within the Nations League.

It’s now 11 video games with out victory within the competitors, having scored simply two targets within the course of, and with three troublesome video games towards Ukraine and Scotland to come back over the subsequent 10 days in Group B1.

An eight-game unbeaten run previous to Saturday’s match, together with creditable attracts at residence to Portugal and Belgium, had lifted the temper across the Republic after a troublesome begin to Stephen Kenny’s reign.

Nonetheless, this end result will possible appeal to additional criticism after Kenny’s aspect have been surprised by a workforce ranked 92nd on the planet in a recreation that stirred reminiscences of final yr’s embarrassing World Cup qualifying defeat by Luxembourg.

Extra to observe.

Line-ups

Armenia

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Yurchenko
  • 19Hambardzumyan
  • 15Mkoyan
  • 3Haroyan
  • 2HovhannisyanSubstituted forMkrtchyanat 61′minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 13Hovhannisyan
  • 7Bayramyan
  • 5Grigoryan
  • 8Spertsyan
  • 11BarseghyanSubstituted forDashyanat 89′minutes
  • 23BichakhchyanSubstituted forAdamyanat 56′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Voskanyan
  • 6Angulo
  • 9Babayan
  • 10Harutyunyan
  • 12Avagyan
  • 14Monroy
  • 16Beglaryan
  • 17Udo
  • 18Serobyan
  • 20Dashyan
  • 21Mkrtchyan
  • 22Adamyan

R. of Eire

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Kelleher
  • 12Collins
  • 4DuffyBooked at 9mins
  • 5Egan
  • 2ColemanSubstituted forKeaneat 81′minutes
  • 13HendrickBooked at 83mins
  • 6CullenSubstituted forBrowneat 81′minutes
  • 3StevensSubstituted forMcCleanat 73′minutes
  • 20Ogbene
  • 7RobinsonSubstituted forKnightat 73′minutes
  • 10ParrottSubstituted forObafemiat 65′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Hourihane
  • 9Keane
  • 11McClean
  • 14Browne
  • 15Molumby
  • 16Bazunu
  • 17Knight
  • 18O’Shea
  • 19Obafemi
  • 21Hamilton
  • 22Christie
  • 23Travers

Referee:
Radu Marian Petrescu

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