PSG star Cavani limps off for Uruguay in Dublin

Paola Ditto
Giugno 6, 2017

"I was playing good football - I was playing some of the best I have played - and obviously one of the biggest games in the group, I have missed and promotion to the Premier League, I have missed that run-in, so it was hard".

A Republic side featuring far more of the men who are likely to start against Austria than the one which had succumbed tamely to the Mexicans in the United States last week fought their way past a Uruguay team without the services of star man Luis Suarez by injury.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has pledged that his side won't be playing it safe for their crucial World Cup qualifier against Austria on Sunday.

"This game and the Mexico game, they're just about getting a bit of sharpness and match-time after the break".

But it was goalkeeper Darren Randolph, who lost his place at West Ham towards the end of the Premier League season, who was given ample opportunity to regain match sharpness with the Mexicans cutting loose throughout.

Randolph was not helped by the fact that Keiren Westwood did well after coming on and made a fine save from Jose Gimenez, the same player who had capitalised to score in the first half, after opting to stay on his line in similar circumstances.

"You are disappointed to concede goals at any given stage".

The Welsh travel to Belgrade on Sunday knowing defeat could prove all but fatal to their hopes if the Republic complete a double over Austria with James McClean's sweet strike having secured a precious 1-0 victory in Vienna in November.

His finish for the third goal certainly suggested that his confidence has been unaffected by the below-par performance he produced when handed the task of captaining the side and shouldering a far larger part of the defensive responsibilities. It's nice to win against Uruguay, but everything is just preparation mentally and physically for the game on Sunday.

On 51 minutes, Cyrus Christie made it 2-1 to the Irish, via a cross-shot. A nicely weighted pass from Daryl Murphy sent McClean through in a race for possession.

Kevin Long earned his first senior Republic of Ireland cap in the early hours. As far as I'm concerned, it was great.

Uruguay were hit by the early withdrawal of star striker Edinson Cavani during their global friendly against Republic of Ireland in Dublin. "But I would have liked us to have played better". Ingresa Cristhian Stuani por Edinson Cavani.

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