-- GOAL -- 0-1
Ireland took an early lead against Saudi Arabia as Robbie Keane volleyed from Gary
Kelly's cross and the bouncing ball slipped through Mohammed Al-Deaya's hands -- 7 mins.
Although Saudi Arabia made a few penetrating
moves towards the danger zone, they generally tried to limit the damage by keeping an
organised shape..... until the last five minutes of the half when they tried to force Shay
Given to make an error with the slippery ball.
Half-time: Saudi Arabia 0 --
A 50th minute goal for ten-man Germany helps
Ireland if the scores stay as they are.
-- GOAL -- 0-2
But Ireland would rather not count on Germany and scored a second goal themselves. Gary
Breen guided the ball home after Steve Staunton's free-kick was not dealt with by
Saudi Arabia -- 62 mins.
-- GOAL -- 0-3
Just after Klose scores Germany's second goal, Ireland put their third past Saudi Arabia. Damien
Duff, the scorer.
Player of the Match:
Damien Duff -- His tireless work was rewarded with the third and final goal of the game.
Nawaf Al Temya (61 mins)
Steve Staunton (70 mins)
1 Mohammed Al Daeyea; 2 Mohammed Al Jahani (12 Ahmed Dukhi Al Dosari -- 79 mins), 6 Fouzi
Al Shahri, 13 Hussein Sulimani, 3 Raza Takar, 4 Abdullah Zubromawi (15 Abdullah Jumaan Al
Dosari -- 68 mins); 16 Khumais Al Owairan, 7 Ibrahim Al Shahrani, 18 Nawaf Al Temyat, 14
Abdel Aziz al-Khathran (10 Mohammed Al Shlhoob -- 67 mins); 20 Al Hassan Al Yami.
Rep. of Ireland:
1 Shay Given; 14 Gary Breen, 2 Steve Finnan, 3 Ian Harte (17 Niall Quinn -- 46 mins), 18
Gary Kelly (7 Jason McAteer -- 80 mins), 5 Steve Staunton; 8 Matt Holland, 11 Kevin
Kilbane, 12 Mark Kinsella; 9 Damien Duff, 10 Robbie Keane.