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banner Thursday, 15 November, 2001, 13:46 GMT
Clockwatch: Iran 1-0 Republic of Ireland
All the action from Tehran as it happened, where Iran beat Republic of Ireland 1-0 in the second leg of their World Cup play-off, but the Irish qualify 2-1 on aggregate.

92 mins: The referee William Vega blows his whistle. It means that the Republic of Ireland have qualified for the World Cup for the third time in their history and for the first time since 1994.

91 mins:With a minute to go Yahya Golmohammadi pulls a goal back with a powerful header.

90 mins: Two minutes of stoppage time are signalled.

89 mins: Gary Breen heads away another dangerous Karimi cross.

85 mins: Bagheri is yellow-carded for a high tackle on Harte.

85 mins: Daei sends another Iranian set-piece woefully wide.

84 mins: McAteer is booked for tripping Nikbakht.

82 mins: Connolly's free-kick goes narrowly wide.

82 mins: Morrison wins a free-kick just outside the box.

80 mins: Gary Kelly replaces Kevin Kilbane.

79 mins: Mahdavikia cuts in from the Iranian right, but his cross just evades Daei.

77 mins: Kavianpur once again threatens the Irish left but his cross is too deep.

75 mins: Clinton Morrison replaces Keane.

72 mins: Steve Finnan makes an important headed clearance from Hamed Kavianpour's cross.

70 mins: Rezaei shows Iran's frustration as he hits a shot well over Given's bar.

67 mins: Alireza Nikbakht gets himself to the byeline but cannot find another Iranian with his cross.

66 mins: Harte hits another free-kick from the left that is too long.

65 mins: Given makes another vital stop, parrying Minavand's powerful shot.

63 mins: Minavand wastes a great opportunity, sending his cross from the left over Given's bar.

61 mins: Daei takes a quick free-kick and releases Karimi, who is ruled offside.

57 mins: Harte heads the ball away with Karimi lurking behind him.

54 mins: Given makes a wonderful double save, first making a one-handed stop from Bagheri's fierce shot and then flicking the ball away from Daei's feet.

53 mins: Connolly lashes a first time shot into the side netting after he intelligently runs onto Keane's reverse pass.

52 mins: Keane becomes the first Irish player to be yellow-carded for dissent.

51 mins: Daei and Karim combine in a swift exchange but Bagheri hits his shot well wide from the edge of the box.

50 mins: Given rushes out to gather the ball at Karimi's feet.

49 mins: Rahman Rezaei heads clear Connolly's deep cross from the left, as McAteer threatens.

47 mins: Mahdavikia is yellow-carded for blocking Keane.


Half-time: Iran 0-0 Republic of Ireland

44 mins: Matt Holland makes a superb tackle in midfield to break up another Iranian attack.

40 mins: Ireland enjoy their best spell of sustained possession, but the attack is thwarted as Kevin Kilbane is crowded out on the left.

38 mins: Hamed Kavianpour flashes a shot high and wide over Given's bar.

35 mins: Another Harte free-kick is cleared by Karim Baheri. Ireland are missing Quinn's aerial presence at set-pieces.

33 mins: Ali Karimi misses the best chance of the game so far as he sends a looping header past Given's left-hand post.

32 mins: Shay Given suffers his first discomfort of the game when he drops a cross but he is quick to clear the ball with his feet.

29 mins: For the first time in the game Mehdi Mahdavikia delivers a cross with pace from the right. Daei gets his head to the ball but is unable to get any direction on his effort.

28 mins: Mehrdad Minavand gets to the byeline, but just overruns the ball as he attempts to cross.

27 mins: Another Harte free-kick lacks height and is easily gathered by Mehdi Mahdavikia via a deflected header.

19 mins: Iran are struggling to pierce Ireland's two banks of four defenders and four midfielders.

14 mins: Harte's free-kick finds Gary Breen, who knocks it back to Matt Holland, but the Ipswich midfielder's header lacks power.

10 mins: Iran's first chance falls to Ali Daei, but he hesitates and his shot is too tame.

7 mins: Robbie Keane, Connolly and Jason McAteer combine well on the right, but the Sunderland player's cross comes to nothing.

5 mins: The Irish win their first corner of the game but Ian Harte's set-piece is easily cleared.

14:02 GMT: Ireland kick off.

The Republic of Ireland make two changes from the side that beat Iran 2-0 on Saturday for the second leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off.

As expected Mark Kinsella replaces Roy Keane in midfield, while striker David Connolly is in for Niall Quinn.

If Iran are winning 2-0 at full-time the game will be decided by a golden goal.


Iran: 12-Ebrahim Mirzapour; 2-Mehdi Mahdavikia, 3-Mehrdad Minavand, 5-Mohammad Peyrovani, 6-Karim Bagheri, 7-Hamed Kavianpour, 8-Ali Karimi, 10-Ali Daei, 11-Alireza Nikbakht Vahedi, 15-Yahya Golmohammadi, 24-Rahman Rezaei.

Ireland: 1-Shay Given; 2-Steve Finnan, 3-Ian Harte, 4-Gary Breen, 5-Steve Staunton, 6-Mark Kinsella, 7-Jason McAteer, 8-Matt Holland, 9-David Connolly, 10-Robbie Keane, 11-Kevin Kilbane.

Referee: William M. Mattus Vega (Costa Rica).

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