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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 May 2006, 20:31 GMT 21:31 UK
Rep of Ireland 0-1 Chile
Kevin Kilbane gets above Humberto Suazo at Lansdowne Road
Kevin Kilbane gets above Humberto Suazo at Lansdowne Road
A second-half strike from Manuel Iturra gave Chile a deserved victory over a lacklustre Republic of Ireland at Lansdowne Road on Wednesday night.

Chile created the best openings in the first half with Reinaldo Navia missing an open goal and Liverpool winger Mark Gonzales firing against a post.

Iturra put the South Americans ahead on 49 minutes when he smashed home after a goalmouth scramble.

The Republic pressed for an equaliser but the visitors held on.

The visitors carried the greater danger against a lethargic Republic team in the first half.

Navia should have given Chile a seventh minute lead but after cutting off debutant Stephen Kelly's weak backpass and rounding keeper Shay Given he blazed wide of a defenceless goal.

Robbie Keane wasted a good chance three minutes later when his attempted lob only found the hands of Claudio Bravo.

Bravo kept out a fierce shot from Keane before Gonzales dribbled into box and hit a low shot which was saved by Given.

Kevin Doyle was causing the Chile defence problems and the Reading striker headed wide from a 36th minute cross from Damien Duff.

Given kept out three efforts from Luis Jimenez before Gonzales chested down and smashed against the woodwork in final minute of the half.

Chile threatened straight after the break with Given turning Humberto Suazo's curling shot out for a corner.

The breakthrough came on 49 minutes when the Republic failed to clear from a Gonzales free-kick and Iturra fired home from close range.

Republic boss Steve Staunton rung the changes four minutes later with Ian Harte, Graham Kavanagh, Aiden McGeady and Wayne Henderson entering the fray.

The home side began to show more urgency and Richard Dunne headed over from Harte's 68th minute free-kick.

Duff got on the end of a knock-down from substitute Jason Byrne on 80 minutes but saw his shot pushed out for the corner by Bravo.

Byrne was the provider for his cousin Keane a minute later with the Spurs striker lifting the ball over from four yards.

Jimenez went close twice in the dying minutes, a free-kick curling just wide before the striker dragged a shot beyond the Republic goal.

Republic of Ireland: Given, Kelly, Kilbane, Dunne, Breen, O'Shea, S Reid, Miller, K Doyle, Keane, Duff.

Chile: Bravo, Jara, P Contreras, Vargas, Olarra, Iturra, Acuna, Gonzalez, Jimenez, Suazo, Navia.

Referee: M Ingvarsson (Sweden)

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