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2109: Luka Modric skips forward and tries to play a neat one-two with Jelavic but the return pass is intercepted by Ireland when the move looked most threatening and they clear. Modric has been quiet in the first half an hour here in Poznan.

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2107: Ivan Perisic connects with a half volley from outside the penalty area but Shay Given is equal to it, palming it away with a strong hand.

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2105: Aiden McGeady takes a free kick wide on the left and delivers a curling ball towards the back post. Ireland must have rehearsed this move in training because instinctivly, Sean St Ledger spins his marker, runs to the back post and heads in from around six yards. A nervy start from Ireland but they are back on level terms.

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GOAL! CROATIA 1 IRELAND 1

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2103: simonhaydon: RT gdunbarap: 1000 empty seats at Holland-Denmark. 1000 more at Spain-Italy today despite games in Poland all reported sold out. (via Twitter)

simonhaydon: RT erikbielderman: Great fans ! You’ll never beat an Irish! Remember Holland-Eire. Anfield. 1996 play-off. jackCharlton (via Twitter)

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2058: Incidentally, Bilic is leaving his post as Croatia manager to coach Lokomotive Moscow. He has been in control of the Croatian national side for six years.

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2057: Ireland have a free kick a meter outside the penalty area. Duff lays it off to Keith Andrews, who blasts against the wall before slicing his follow up wide. Damien Duff tries to give Ireland an immediate response. He receives the ball from Kevin Doyle and comes inside onto his favored left foot but shoots wide from outside the penalty area.

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