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Republic of Ireland v Lithuania Live Commentary, 29/03/2022

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T. Parrott (90+7)
Aviva Stadium


That's all for now though, goodbye!
It was unconvincing, but Ireland will take the positive out of this win into their Nations League campaign in June.
Parrott's late goal gives Ireland victory over Lithuania. This was a flat game where Ireland struggled to find any rhythm. Despite enjoying an overwhelming amount of possession and set-pieces, the hosts found it difficult to create chances. Four goals were disallowed throughout the game for offside, though, and it looked like this one was going to fizzle out into a draw. But Parrott's brilliant late strike sent the Ireland fans home happy and gave them a narrow win.
T. Parrott
Republic of Ireland
90' + 7' GOALL! PARROTT! 1-0! Ireland win it with the last kick of the game. Another cross is headed away, but it drops to Parrott who lashes a fierce 25-yard strike that flashes through a crowd of bodies and into the bottom corner!
90' + 6' Hogan finishes off a one-on-one, but he was well offside and the goal won't stand.
90' + 4' MISS! Bartkus punches a corner out to Doherty who fires a 20-yard volley just wide of the open net!
90' + 3' SAVE! McClean chips it towards the back post where Doherty nods it down to Parrott. The striker fires an acrobatic volley from 12 yards that Bartkus tips over the bar!
90' + 2' Bartkus fumbles Hourihane's cross, but no Ireland players are on hand to capitalise.
90' + 1' Five minutes of stoppage time are added on.
89' CHANCE! Knight clips in an inviting cross, but Egan's low header is pushed away by Bartkus.
G. Sirgedas
F. Černych
87' Cernych walks off with Sirgedas taking his place.
86' Parrott's speculative 25-yard strike drifts well wide.
84' Hendrick sends in an aimless cross from deep and Lithuania clear it again. This has been a poor performance from Ireland.
P. Širvys
J. Lasickas
82' Lasickas makes way for Sirvys.
J. Hendrick
A. Browne
Republic of Ireland
82' Browne also heads off with Hendrick coming on.
J. Knight
C. Ogbene
Republic of Ireland
82' Ogbene is replaced by Knight in attack.
81' Lithuania stoically deal with a corner before a flurry of crosses into the box - that's been a repeated theme tonight.
79' There's a flat atmosphere around now. Ireland look like they've run out of ideas.
S. Hogan
C. Robinson
Republic of Ireland
77' Robinson heads off with Hogan taking his place in attack.
F. Černych
Yellow Card
75' Cernych is booked for diving after brushing past Egan inside the box. The referee made the right call there.
74' Another disallowed goal! Ogbene taps in following neat work from Parrott and McClean, but the goal won't stand - McClean was offside during the build-up.
73' Doherty spots the run of Browne inside the box and fires in a precise pass, but Browne can't control it and the move breaks down.
71' Doherty chops inside from the right and beats his marker again, before blazing a wild 15-yard strike well over the bar from a tight angle.
69' Hourihane's corner leads to a scramble inside the box, but Browne can't quite bring it down to shoot and the visitors clear.
67' The home fans howl for a penalty as Ogbene goes down under pressure from Satkus just inside the box, but the referee remains unmoved.
65' Close! Ireland are scared for a moment as Lasickas' 20-yard strike deflects inches wide of the far post. Lasickas meets the resulting corner first but his effort flicks high and wide.
J. McClean
D. O'Shea
Republic of Ireland
63' O'Shea heads off with McClean taking his place.
T. Parrott
W. Keane
Republic of Ireland
63' Keane makes way for Parrott in attack.
63' Ireland have amassed 89 per cent possession since the break, but they're still struggling to convert this domination into shooting chances.
I. Kružikas
A. Klimavičius
61' Augustinas Klimavicius makes way for Kruzikas for the visitors.
60' Robinson hooks Hourihane's cross comfortably over the bar.
58' CLOSE! Doherty embarks on a long run and slaloms all the way into the box before drilling a low strike that Bartkus instinctively blocks with his leg! The rebound is hit well wide by Ogbene.
V. Slivka
Yellow Card
56' Slivka is booked after knocking Doherty over near the touchline.
55' Another goal is disallowed! Doherty cuts it back to Hourihane, whose 20-yard strike goes below Bartkus and in! However, the linesman has his flag raised for offside after judging that Keane and Robinson were obstructing the goalkeeper's view.
53' Ireland force their first corner of the half through Robinson. They work it short and send in a dangerous cross, but play is halted after Ogbene fouled Bartkus.
52' Doherty gets to the byline and clips in an inviting cross, only for Vaitkunas to get there ahead of Browne inside the six-yard bow.
50' Robinson shimmies into the box, but loses his footing at the crucial moment and the visitors clear.
48' Browne gives up possession to Chernykh whose 25-yard strike flicks off Egan and into the arms of Kelleher.
D. Kazlauskas
T. Milašius
46' Milasius is replaced by Kazlauskas for the visitors.
46' Ireland kick off the second half.
Ireland will need to make more of their set-pieces after the break. They've won seven corners, but have barely threatened from them.
It's 0-0 after a quiet first half. Ireland have dominated throughout, but they've struggled to translate their possession and territory into clear cut chances. Ogbene has been their brightest player in attack, but overall, Lithuania have defended with real organisation and discipline.
43' Lithuania make a rare foray forward and win a corner, only for Kelleher to authoritatively punch clear.
41' Hourihane's reverse pass finds Manning and he sends in a dangerously low ball that narrowly missed Ogbene.
38' Ireland continue to enjoy plenty of possession outside the Lithuania box, but they're still struggling to slice through their defence.
36' Hourihane swings in a cross from deep, but Keane gets too much on his 12-yard header and it flies well over.
34' Linas Klimavicius rises to defend Hourihane's cross, and takes a whack to the head for his trouble. Nevertheless, he should be okay to continue.
32' Ireland are building the pressure with corner after corner, but they're still struggling to create a clear chance.
30' Browne works hard to regain possession on the edge of the box and he feeds Robinson whose cross flicks behind for a corner. Hourihane finally gets his delivery right but it's bravely headed clear by Linas Klimavicius.
28' Ogbene wins another corner, but Hourihane's delivery is punched clear by Bartkus.
26' It's not been impressive from Ireland so far. They've managed five shots, but none of these have been from inside the box.
24' Doherty takes a heavy touch and manages to concede a corner. Lithuania can't capitalise though as Egan heads clear.
22' Robinson wastefully shoots again from 30 yards and it goes well over the bar.
20' Ogbene continues to be the spark for Ireland as he forces a corner. Hourihane's delivery is poor though and it's hacked clear at the near post.
18' A long passing move from the hosts ends with Robinson passing straight to Satkus, allowing Lithuania to clear.
16' Ogbene draws a foul from Lasickas near the touchline, presenting Ireland with a promising set-piece. Hourihane cuts it back to Manning who fires a 20-yard shot well wide.
14' Ireland will have to be patient tonight. Lithuania are sitting in a deep, organised shape and this will test the hosts' ability to unlock cautious sides.
12' Robinson fires a speculative 30-yard strike that sails high and wide.
10' Ogbene's looking extremely confident following his wonderful goal against Belgium, and he fires a 25-yard shot that Bartkus gathers.
8' Disallowed goal! Ireland work a smart move that ends with Manning picking out Ogbene who steers a neat finish beyond Bartkus! However, Ogbene was offside in the build-up and the goal won't stand.
6' Robinson and Keane combine to force a corner after good defensive work from Vaitkunas. The delivery falls to Manning 25 yards from goal and he fizzes a shot comfortably wide.
3' The visitors settle in with a long spell of possession inside their own half.
1' Lithuania kick off the first half.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
Ireland have been steadily building some momentum at home of late. Following their 2-2 draw with FIFA world ranking leaders, Belgium, they’ve now avoided defeat in 14 of their last 16 games at the Aviva Stadium in all competitions (W5 D9 L2), while they’re unbeaten in their last seven home friendly matches (W5 D2).
Lithuania make three changes to the side that beat San Marino 2-1: Golubickas, Megalitis and Plukas all drop out of the starting lineup.
Ireland make six changes after drawing with Belgium: Coleman, Cullen, Knight, Hendrick, McClean and Duffy make way for Collins, O’Shea, Browne, Hourihane, Doherty and Keane.
SUBS: Eligijus Jankauskas, Gratas Sirgedas, Ignas Plukas, Armandas Kucys, Pijus Sirvys, Donatas Kazlauskas, Ignas Kruzikas, Edvinas Gertmonas, Ovidijus Verbickas, Saulius Mikoliunas.
LITHUANIA (4-2-3-1): Dziugas Bartkus; Egidijus Vaitkunas, Benas Satkus, Linas Klimavicius, Rolandas Baravykas; Vykintas Slivka, Edgaras Utkus; Titas Milasius, Augustinas Klimavicius, Justas Lasickas; Augustinas Klimavicius.
SUBS: James Talbot, Seamus Coleman, Josh Cullen, Max O'Leary, Connor Ronan, Jayson Molumby, Jason Knight, Troy Parrott, Jeff Hendrick, Mark Sykes, James McClean, Shane Duffy.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (3-4-2-1): Caoimhin Kelleher; Nathan Collins, John Egan, Dara O’Shea; Matt Doherty, Alan Browne, Conor Hourihane, Ryan Manning; Chiedozie Ogbene, Callum Robinson; Will Keane.
Lithuania, meanwhile, edged past San Marino with a 2-1 victory in their last friendly. They’ll be out to put in a more confident performance against Ireland today.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this international friendly between the Republic of Ireland and Lithuania. Ireland achieved an impressive 2-2 draw last time out, and they’ll be looking to continue their progress with another morale-boosting performance today.