Shane Long battles with Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Vasilis Torosidis in Dublin

Giovanni Trapattoni's youthful Republic of Ireland side slipped to defeat against Greece as a first-half strike by Jose Holebas decided the friendly.

The Republic appeared to be denied a clear penalty in the opening minute after Konstantinos Stafylidis handled a Stephen Ward cross.

Simon Cox then wasted a glorious Republic chance before Holebas put the Greeks ahead on 29 minutes.

The Irish bossed second-half possession but could not break down the visitors.

The end result, after a promising beginning, was another disappointing home defeat which is bound to put further pressure on Trapattoni.

The Italian, bringing his side back to the Aviva Stadium for the first time since last month's 6-1 humiliation by Germany, opted to pick a young line-up with Ciaran Clark, Robbie Brady, James McClean and Shane Long among the starters.

The Republic manager had been close to losing his job after the Germany embarrassment, only to be saved by the 4-1 win in the Faroe Islands four days later and the fact a severance package would have cost the cash-strapped Football Association of Ireland in excess of £1m.

Trapattoni's side looked to be denied a clear penalty in the opening seconds when Greek defender Stafylidis appeared to handle a Ward cross but Israeli referee Eitan Shmuelevitz turned down the appeals.

As the Republic continued their promising start, Cox should have headed the opening goal in the 10th minute but was badly off target from close range after a superb cross by the lively Seamus Coleman.

Everton defender Coleman was at the heart of the Republic's best attacking work early on as he linked up well with Brady and Long.

However, the Greeks gradually began to show a bit of ambition and Irish keeper Forde, a late replacement for injured Keiren Westwood, had to turn away a Sotiris Ninis shot for a corner in the 23rd minute.

With the Greeks beginning to sense Irish vulnerability, they took the lead in the 29th minute as Holebas turned to fire in from the edge of the box for his first international goal after playing a one-two with Celtic's Georgios Samaras.

Holebas and Samaras were given far too much room by the Irish defence but was still a fine strike by the Olympiacos player in his 10th international.

After the Republic's lively start they were beginning to labour and Aston Villa defender Clark was fortunate to escape with only a booking a minute before half-time after a dreadful scything challenge on goalscorer Holebas.

Brady tested Greek keeper Orestis Karnezis in first-half injury-time but it was the Manchester United youngster's final involvement as both he and Long made way for Wes Hoolahan and Kevin Doyle at the break.

Karnezis came to Greece's rescue again two minutes after the resumption as he beat away James McCarthy's 20-yard drive with Kevin Doyle's angled follow-up then cleared.

As the Greeks began to drop back deeper and deeper, the Republic were able to dominate possession for the remainder of the game.

However, despite a lot of huff and puff, the home side put keeper Karnezis only under sporadic threat in the closing half hour.

Full-back Ward did waste a 69th-minute chance as he failed to get full purchase on a close-range volley but there was precious little else of note to excite the home supporters in the 16,256 attendance.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (11)

Rep of Ireland

  • 16 Forde
  • 03 Ward
  • 04 O'Shea
  • 13 Clark Booked
  • 19 Coleman
  • 06 Whelan (Andrews - 34' )
  • 07 McCarthy (Meyler - 70' )
  • 11 McClean
  • 10 Long Booked (Doyle - 46' )
  • 17 Cox (Keogh - 61' )
  • 20 Brady (Hoolahan - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Randolph
  • 02 Kelly
  • 05 O'Dea
  • 08 Andrews
  • 15 Meyler
  • 21 Hoolahan
  • 22 Clifford
  • 09 Doyle
  • 18 Keogh

Greece

  • 01 Karnezis
  • 05 K Papadopoulos
  • 15 Torosidis (Maniatis - 60' )
  • 19 Papastathopoulos
  • 20 Holebas (Fortounis - 46' Booked )
  • 03 Stafylidis (Spyropoulos - 82' )
  • 06 Tziolis
  • 17 Tachtsidis
  • 18 Ninis (Vyntra - 60' )
  • 07 Samaras (Athanasiadis - 46' )
  • 09 Mitroglou (Salpingidis - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Peristeridis
  • 04 Spyropoulos
  • 11 Vyntra
  • 21 Siovas
  • 02 Maniatis
  • 08 Kone
  • 16 Dimoutsos
  • 22 Fortounis
  • 10 Christodoulopoulos
  • 14 Salpingidis
  • 23 Athanasiadis
Ref: Eitan Shmuelevitz
Att: 16,256

Match Stats

Shots

14 6

On target

8 2

Corners

12 3

Fouls

13 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:15 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:24

Dimitris Salpingidis is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Ciaran Clark.

90:00 +0:47

The referee blows for offside against Andy Keogh. Orestis Karnezis takes the indirect free kick.

89:16

A cross is delivered by Dimitris Salpingidis.

86:08

Kostas Fortounis sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Stefanos Athanasiadis goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

85:57

The ball is delivered by Nikos Spyropoulos, blocked by Seamus Coleman.

84:46

James McClean delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Orestis Karnezis.

84:46 Booking

Booking Kostas Fortounis is booked.

84:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Kostas Fortounis.

83:53

Alexis Tziolis fouled by Andy Keogh, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Socratis Papastathopoulos.

82:46

Stefanos Athanasiadis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle. Direct free kick taken by John O'Shea.

82:00

A cross is delivered by David Meyler.

81:19 Substitution

Substitution Nikos Spyropoulos replaces Konstantinos Stafylidis.

79:05

Wesley Hoolahan sends in a cross, clearance by Socratis Papastathopoulos.

76:22

Corner taken left-footed by Panagiotis Tachtsidis from the right by-line to the near post, Keith Andrews manages to make a clearance.

73:28

Dimitris Salpingidis produces a cross.

72:39

Effort from outside the penalty box by James McClean goes wide left of the target.

71:35

Pass corner from left by-line crossed in by Andy Keogh.

71:21

Corner from the left by-line taken by Andy Keogh, clearance made by Alexis Tziolis.

70:42

Inswinging corner taken by Wesley Hoolahan, John O'Shea takes a shot. Blocked by Alexis Tziolis.

70:26

Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis on James McClean, free kick awarded. Keith Andrews takes the direct free kick.

69:07 Substitution

Substitution (Rep of Ireland) makes a substitution, with David Meyler coming on for James McCarthy.

69:02

A cross is delivered by Loukas Vyntra, save by David Forde.

68:13

Andy Keogh takes a shot. Blocked by Alexis Tziolis. Stephen Ward has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

67:10

Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis on Seamus Coleman, free kick awarded. Wesley Hoolahan takes the free kick.

65:47

Kevin Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyriakos Papadopoulos. Direct free kick taken by Alexis Tziolis.

64:44

Short corner worked by Andy Keogh, Centre by Keith Andrews, Kyriakos Papadopoulos manages to make a clearance.

64:30

The ball is crossed by James McClean, Kyriakos Papadopoulos makes a clearance.

63:36

Corner taken left-footed by James McClean from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Panagiotis Tachtsidis. The ball is swung over by Keith Andrews, Socratis Papastathopoulos makes a clearance. James McClean takes a shot. Blocked by Kostas Fortounis.

62:31

Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis on James McCarthy, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by James McClean, Konstantinos Stafylidis gets a block in.

60:25 Substitution

Substitution Simon Cox goes off and Andy Keogh comes on.

59:46 Substitution

Substitution Giannis Maniatis replaces Vassilis Torosidis.

59:22 Substitution

Substitution (Greece) makes a substitution, with Loukas Vyntra coming on for Sotiris Ninis.

57:09

James McClean has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

56:28

The ball is sent over by Vassilis Torosidis, clearance made by Ciaran Clark.

55:52

James McCarthy has an effort at goal. Blocked by Panagiotis Tachtsidis. Centre by Stephen Ward, Konstantinos Stafylidis manages to make a clearance.

54:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sotiris Ninis on Stephen Ward. Stephen Ward takes the free kick.

54:33

Kyriakos Papadopoulos concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Ward. Stephen Ward takes the free kick.

52:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Cox on Sotiris Ninis. Panagiotis Tachtsidis has an effort direct from the free kick.

52:29

The ball is crossed by Vassilis Torosidis, blocked by Stephen Ward.

51:44

Corner taken by Simon Cox played to the near post, clearance by Dimitris Salpingidis.

51:22

Stephen Ward produces a cross. Simon Cox delivers the ball, blocked by Vassilis Torosidis.

51:07

James McClean fouled by Alexis Tziolis, the ref awards a free kick. James McClean takes the free kick.

49:52

Panagiotis Tachtsidis challenges James McClean unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by John O'Shea.

49:25

Dimitris Salpingidis is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ciaran Clark restarts play with the free kick.

48:54

Simon Cox takes a shot. Blocked by Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

47:07

Short corner worked by Simon Cox.

46:27

Corner taken short by Simon Cox, James McCarthy takes a shot. Save made by Orestis Karnezis. Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Save by Orestis Karnezis.

46:11

The ball is delivered by James McClean, save by Orestis Karnezis.

46:03

Short corner worked by James McClean.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Kostas Fortounis on for Jose Holebas.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Shane Long leaves the field to be replaced by Kevin Doyle.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Wesley Hoolahan comes on in place of Robbie Brady.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Dimitris Salpingidis joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kostas Mitroglou.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Georgios Samaras leaves the field to be replaced by Stefanos Athanasiadis.

45:00 +1:46 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +1:23

Inswinging corner taken by Robbie Brady from the right by-line played to the near post.

45:00 +1:04

Robbie Brady takes a shot from 20 yards. Orestis Karnezis makes a save.

45:00 +0:24

The ball is swung over by Keith Andrews, Konstantinos Stafylidis makes a clearance.

44:56

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robbie Brady from the right by-line, save made by Orestis Karnezis.

44:38

The ball is swung over by Shane Long, Kyriakos Papadopoulos gets a block in.

44:13

The ball is delivered by Sotiris Ninis, save by David Forde.

43:36

Kostas Mitroglou produces a cross, save made by David Forde.

42:14

Direct free kick taken by Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

42:14 Booking

Booking Ciaran Clark is shown a yellow card.

42:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jose Holebas by Ciaran Clark.

40:48

Konstantinos Stafylidis challenges Seamus Coleman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robbie Brady delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Jose Holebas manages to make a clearance.

38:44

Georgios Samaras fouled by James McClean, the ref awards a free kick. Alexis Tziolis takes the direct free kick.

38:16

Vassilis Torosidis crosses the ball, David Forde makes a comfortable save.

37:56

Simon Cox challenges Socratis Papastathopoulos unfairly and gives away a free kick. Socratis Papastathopoulos restarts play with the free kick.

37:06

A cross is delivered by Sotiris Ninis, Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance. Effort from outside the penalty box by Panagiotis Tachtsidis goes wide left of the goal.

36:11

Free kick taken by Alexis Tziolis.

36:11 Booking

Booking Shane Long is shown a yellow card.

36:05

Shane Long challenges Panagiotis Tachtsidis unfairly and gives away a free kick.

35:26

Kostas Mitroglou has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

34:00

The official flags Kostas Mitroglou offside. Free kick taken by Stephen Ward.

33:01 Substitution

Substitution Keith Andrews replaces Glenn Whelan.

32:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Konstantinos Stafylidis by Seamus Coleman. Direct free kick taken by Orestis Karnezis.

31:42

Sotiris Ninis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McClean. Free kick taken by James McClean.

31:10

James McClean sends in a cross, clearance made by Socratis Papastathopoulos.

30:44

The ball is sent over by Vassilis Torosidis, Glenn Whelan manages to make a clearance.

29:40

Seamus Coleman concedes a free kick for a foul on Konstantinos Stafylidis. Konstantinos Stafylidis takes the direct free kick.

28:28

Georgios Samaras provided the assist for the goal.

28:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Jose Holebas - R Ireland 0 - 1 Greece Jose Holebas scores a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rep of Ireland 0-1 Greece.

24:44

Sotiris Ninis sends in a cross, comfortable save by David Forde.

24:04

Vassilis Torosidis delivers the ball, Stephen Ward gets a block in.

23:22

Konstantinos Stafylidis produces a cross, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance. A cross is delivered by Vassilis Torosidis, John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.

22:47

Pass corner from left by-line crossed in by Sotiris Ninis, James McCarthy makes a clearance.

22:31

Sotiris Ninis takes a shot. Save made by David Forde.

21:43

A cross is delivered by Robbie Brady.

20:37

James McCarthy challenges Sotiris Ninis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Panagiotis Tachtsidis takes the direct free kick.

20:01

James McClean delivers the ball, clearance made by Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

18:29

Foul by Kostas Mitroglou on Ciaran Clark, free kick awarded. David Forde takes the free kick.

17:11

Centre by James McClean, Vassilis Torosidis gets a block in.

15:48

Robbie Brady sends in a cross, Unfair challenge on Orestis Karnezis by Shane Long results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Orestis Karnezis.

15:26

A cross is delivered by Seamus Coleman, Socratis Papastathopoulos makes a clearance. The ball is crossed by James McClean.

14:22

Handball decision goes against James McClean. Vassilis Torosidis takes the direct free kick.

11:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyriakos Papadopoulos by Shane Long. Free kick taken by Vassilis Torosidis.

9:51

The ball is delivered by Seamus Coleman, Simon Cox has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.

9:29

Robbie Brady takes a shot. Socratis Papastathopoulos gets a block in.

9:13

James McClean produces a cross, Kyriakos Papadopoulos manages to make a clearance.

9:00

Simon Cox fouled by Vassilis Torosidis, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Ward takes the direct free kick.

8:08

Vassilis Torosidis produces a cross.

7:05

The ball is crossed by James McClean, blocked by Vassilis Torosidis.

6:19

Shot from outside the box by James McClean goes wide right of the target.

5:11

Seamus Coleman sends in a cross.

3:35

Unfair challenge on Vassilis Torosidis by James McClean results in a free kick. Vassilis Torosidis takes the direct free kick.

1:14

Pass corner from right by-line crossed in by Robbie Brady, Socratis Papastathopoulos manages to make a clearance.

0:40

Stephen Ward produces a cross, clearance by Konstantinos Stafylidis.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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