REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: It’s all over at the Aviva and it’s a point apiece. Scotland, though, will be far happier with the draw than Ireland as it maintains their two-point advantage over Martin O’Neill’s side in Group D. Jonathan Walters put Ireland ahead but a John O’Shea own goal levelled it up early in the second half. Elsewhere, Poland beat Georgia 4-0 to extend their lead at the top of the group.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: Time almost up and Scotland have a throw on the halfway line.
Naismith comes off and is replaced by Berra.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: Poor from Brady as he curls a cross over everyone in the box and straight out of play.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: Three minutes to be added on.
Naismith and McClean are both booked after a coming together. Looked like they clashed heads too.
Scotland make a switch as Brown is replaced by McArthur.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: Brady whips in a corner to the near post that McClean heads at goal, but Hutton manages to block it behind. The next delivery is headed clear by Naismith. Ireland doing all the pressing.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: CHANCE! So close from Naismith as a corner falls for him in the six-yard box and he fires in a shot that hits a team-mate and rebounds clear.
Shane Long comes on to replace Murphy.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: The onus is on Ireland to get a goal in the final 10 minutes or so but it’s still pretty tight and not much in it.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: Keane fires in a shot with good power but it’s straight at Marshall and he holds.
Ireland’s record goal-scorer Keane comes on for Hoolahan.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: The corner is recycled and put back into the box but Scotland manage to get it away. Here comes Robbie Keane…
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: Good play from Murphy to win the ball from Hutton and he then whips in a dangerous cross that is deflected behind.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: McClean drives at the Scotland defence and wins a corner as his cross is deflected behind. Good intent from McClean but Brown heads the corner clear from inside the box.
Ireland make a change as McClean comes on to replace Whelan.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: Anya involved again as he puts in a cross that deflects up and causes Given some trouble. He manages to get enough on it to avert the danger though.
Not good news for Ireland or Scotland as Group D leaders Poland have just taken the lead against Georgia.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: Anya wins a corner after linking up with Naismith but Maloney’s delivery is poor. Ireland then look like they might break, only for Hoolahan to be tackled as he cuts back.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: Anya has been quite involved since he came on, he has given Scotland a bit more width down the left.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: Route one stuff from Ireland as Walters flicks on a header and Murphy squeezes between two defenders to reach the ball, but he is stretching for it and can’t get any power on his shot.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: It’s Mulgrew who takes it but he is leaning back and skies it over the bar. Think Maloney might take the next one.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: Now the visitors win a free-kick about 28 yards out after a foul by O’Shea, just left of centre…
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: Neat build-up from Ireland to work the ball into the final third but it comes to nothing as Forsyth wins the ball and Scotland then win a free-kick for a foul by Whelan.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: Wilson escapes a booking for a challenge from behind on Fletcher, perhaps a bit fortunate not to see yellow there.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: SAVE! Hoolahan slides a well-weighted pass through the defence for Murphy, who shoots first time but Marshall saves with his legs. Walters puts the rebound back into the box but it’s cleared away.
REP OF IRELAND 1-1 SCOTLAND: The visitors level it up thanks to a huge stroke of luck. Maloney plays a one-two with Anya on the right corner of the box and then tries to curl a shot towards the far corner. It’s heading well wide but deflects off O’Shea and bounces into the net and past a stranded Given.
MALONEY LEVELS! WHAT A START TO THE HALF!
SECOND HALF: And we are back underway at the Aviva…
Change at the break for Scotland as Anya comes on for Ritchie.
Still no goals in Poland v Georgia so if it stays like this Republic of Ireland would go joint-top of the group.
REP OF IRELAND 1-0 SCOTLAND: The whistle blows to bring an end to the half with Walters’ controversial goal the difference. It’s been tight and short of clear cut-chances but crucially for the home side they lead at the break. Can Scotland stage a second-half comeback?
REP OF IRELAND 1-0 SCOTLAND: Two minutes to be added on at the end of the half.
REP OF IRELAND 1-0 SCOTLAND: The home side finishing the half on top as Mulgrew deflects a cross behind for a corner. Brady takes again and it goes right across the face of goal, bouncing in the six-yard box and going out the other side. What a chance for Ireland!
REP OF IRELAND 1-0 SCOTLAND: Here come Ireland again on the break with Hoolahan, who moves it on to McCarthy, but he is crowded out as he cuts back inside and shoots. That was a decent opening for the hosts but they wasted it.
REP OF IRELAND 1-0 SCOTLAND: The Aviva erupts as Walters breaks the deadlock. Murphy’s header from a corner was blocked on the line and Walters was there to finish from close range. Seeing the replays it looked like Walters was probably offside, not too many complaints from Scotland but he did look to be past the last man.
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: Ritchie tries to play one-two with Naismith but the return pass it overhit and goes behind for a goal-kick.
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: It’s still so congested in both final thirds, Hutton and Coleman have got forward down the flanks but neither has put in a decent cross so far.
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: Still neither keeper has been tested as Marshall comfortably claims a cross from Coleman. The Everton right-back puts in another cross but a defender hacks it clear.
The yellow card is out for McCarthy as he leads with his arm to go for a header and catches Martin, who has blood running from his nose. Scotland not happy with that challenge but it didn’t seem to be intentional.
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: Poor from Whelan as his corner flies over the players in the box and goes behind for a goal-kick. It’s been that kind of game so far really, nothing much going right in the final third.
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: Brady swings in the corner from the right and Ritchie can’t prevent it going behind for another corner.
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: Chances have been at a premium so far and Ireland can’t create one as Walters’ cross is nodded away by Hutton. The hosts do win a corner though…
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: The hosts enjoy a good spell of possession in the final third but it comes to a disappointing end as Whelan chips the ball out to nobody on the left wing. Still goalless between Poland and Georgia too.
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: The free-kick is curled into the area but it’s headed behind and the referee signals for a goal-kick.
First booking goes to Whelan for a late foul on Fletcher outside the left corner of the box, not a great challenge.
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: Cries for a backpass from Ireland as Ritchie diverts a cross back into the hands of Marshall, but the referee waves away the appeals.
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: Decent spell of possession from Ireland that eventually ends with a long-range strike from Whelan that flies over the bar. Scotland will probably be pretty pleased to see that.
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: Ireland get away down the left for the first time through Brady but his cross is over everyone and doesn’t pose any danger.
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: Almost a chance for Scotland as the corner goes out to Ritchie, who clips a nice ball into the box that Coleman just manages to nod away.
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: A long ball forward is knocked down for Fletcher, who comes forward and then fires in a shot that is rising and tipped over the bar by Given.
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: Hoolahan gets it out to Coleman on the right but his cross is a poor one and flies behind for a goal kick. It’s been a decent start to the game, Ireland looking a bit narrow though.
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: Good goalkeeping from Marshall as he leaps to gather a corner under pressure from Walters.
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: Ireland give the ball away and Scotland break. Morrison passes it into the feet of Naismith, who drags his shot wide from about 25 yards.
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: Walters shows good strength to get round Forsyth but his pass to Hoolahan is underhit and Scotland get it clear.
REP OF IRELAND 0-0 SCOTLAND: Almost an early chance as Hoolahan tries to help the ball on for Walters but a defender blocks the pass inside the box. The hosts have made the brighter start.
KICK-OFF: Cracking atmosphere as the visitors get the game underway…
Right, anthems sung, handshakes done, we are almost ready to go…
The teams are on their way out at the Aviva Stadium, followed by Ireland president Michael D Higgins.
Gordon Strachan has been talking about starting Charlie Mulgrew, who has played just three times since returning from a six-month injury lay-off: “Charlie’s been out a long time but he’s been back training for a month, and most of our training is 11 vs 11. His experience in big games with Celtic definitely came into the equation when I was picking the team.”
We have just had a quick word with Martin O’Neill before kick-off, here’s what he had to say: “We really need to win the game to keep ourselves in contention, if it’s a draw then it’s status quo and advantage to Scotland. All over the pitch there’s going to be battles, but midfield in particular…I think if the players perform to the capability they have, then we can win the game.”
Interesting to note that the result this evening could also have an impact on the seedings for World Cup 2018 qualifying. With the cut-off point for seedings in July, a win for Scotland would see them go up to Pot 2 while Ireland would drop to Pot 4. Probably not at the forefront of either team’s minds, but could be significant in a few years.
Sky Bet make Republic of Ireland 5/4 favourites to pick up all three points, with Scotland a 5/2 alternative. A draw would suit the visitors and that’s 21/10, but the Scots head into the game as 5/4 to qualify for Euro 2016 compared to the Republic’s price of 7/4. Four of the last five meetings between these sides have been won to nil, and it’s 11/4 for Martin O’Neill’s men to win without conceding, while Gordon Strachan’s troops are 4/1 for the same outcome.
Poland also get underway at 5pm at home to Georgia while world champions Germany travel to Gibraltar later this evening for a game they will be expected to win comfortably. Both games are live on
Sky Sports 5 while Republic of Ireland v Scotland is on
Sky Sports 1.
A quick reminder of how it looks in Group D ahead of this clash at the Aviva Stadium. Poland lead the way with 11 points, ahead of Germany and Scotland, both on 10, and Republic of Ireland with eight. Georgia are further back with just three points and Gibraltar have lost all five of their games.
A few interesting selections from Gordon Strachan as Matt Ritchie and Craig Forsyth get starting spots for Scotland as does Celtic’s Charlie Mulgrew. Darren Fletcher is on the bench along with Andy Robertson and Ikechi Anya.
The big team news for the hosts is that Robbie Keane is on the bench after two of his cousins died in a sewer accident in the week. Daryl Murphy gets the nod up front ahead of Shane Long, who is also a sub, while Shay Given and Jeff Hendrick start.
Scotland starting XI: Marshall, Hutton, Forsyth, Martin, Mulgrew, Maloney, Morrison, Brown, S.Fletcher, Naismith, Ritchie.
Subs: Gordon, Whittaker, Anya, D.Fletcher, Adam, Greer, Robertson, Forrest, Griffiths, Samson, Berra, McArthur.
Republic of Ireland starting XI: Given, Coleman, Brady, Wilson, O’Shea, McCarthy, Whelan, Hendrick, Hoolahan, Walters, Murphy.
Subs: Forde, Westwood, Keogh, Christie, McGeady, McClean, Meyler, Ward, Quinn, Long, Keane, McGoldrick.
Good afternoon and welcome to live and interactive coverage of the Euro 2016 Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Scotland in Dublin. With just three points separating the top four in Group D, this is a crunch clash for both sides. Anything other than a win for Ireland would be a major setback to their hopes of qualifying while Scotland would go top of the group, albeit probably only temporarily, with a victory. Team news coming up ahead of kick-off at 5pm.