Thursday, October 7, 2010

Trapattoni names unchanged team

Euro 2012 qualifier, Aviva Stadium:
Date: Friday 8 October Kick-off: 1945 BST Coverage: Updates on BBC Radio Five Live, text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles

Giovanni Trapattoni
Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic lead Group B after two opening wins

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has named an unchanged team for Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Russia in Dublin.

Richard Dunne has been passed fit to start after missing training on Wednesday because of a back injury.

With Damien Duff ruled out by injury, Aiden McGeady and Liam Lawrence stay in the wide midfield roles with Paul Green also retained in the side.

Russia are without injured Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.

The Republic made a perfect start to the campaign in September by earning a 1-0 away win in Armenia and then beating Andorra 3-1 at the Aviva Stadium.

Zinadine Kilbane

Wednesday's clash with the Russians will be the biggest occasion at the Lansdowne Road venue since the opening of the new Dublin stadium.

Russia, managed by Dick Advocaat, come to Dublin under some pressure, having lost at home to Group B rivals Slovakia last month.

In addition to Pavlyuchenko's absence, striker Alexander Kerzhakov's fitness has also been in question to the build-up to Friday's match and another defeat would leave the Russians with a big catch-up task for the remainder of the group.

Aiden McGeady impressed for the Republic in the win over Andorra and has also been in sparkling form for Spartak Moscow since his summer move from Celtic.

The Republic top Group B on goal difference from Slovakia while Russia lie third.

After Friday's game, the Republic face Slovakia in Zilina on Tuesday.

Republic of Ireland: Given, O'Shea, St Ledger, Dunne, Kilbane; Lawrence, Whelan, Green, McGeady, Doyle, Keane.

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