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Republic of Ireland's Shane Duffy and Finland's Robert Taylor battle for the ball

Republic of Ireland's Shane Duffy and Finland's Robert Taylor battle for the ball

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Republic of Ireland's Shane Duffy and Finland's Robert Taylor battle for the ball

Darren Randolph - The West Ham keeper has been Ireland’s best player over the last three years. But if you play out from the back at international level, one stray pass will kill you. And that’s what happened in Helsinki. 4

Matt Doherty - Did some good work on the right wing against the Finns. He’ll be annoyed at not getting the shot on target with one great opportunity for an equaliser in the second half. 6

Dara O’Shea - A fine debut for the West Brom man who looks to have a future at this level. Composed and competitive at the same time, the Dubliner is going to be part of Ireland’s football future. 7

Shane Duffy - A great leader as ever, God knows where the international soccer team would be without him for the last few seasons. One trademark header from a set-piece was off target. 7

Enda Stevens - Classy at left-back where he defended well and tried to get forward as much as possible. Stevens had one or two chances to get in a better cross than he did. 6

Jayson Molumby - Like O’Shea, Molumby is a serious part of the future. Not as good as he was against Wales, but it is another international match under his belt. Now needs to get club football. 7

Conor Hourihane - A favourite of the manager, but there wasn’t enough end product here for me. With the talent Ireland have coming through, the Corkman is going to be under pressure for his place. 5

Jeff Hendrick - Mixed some good stuff with spells out of the game. Whether he’s a ‘No 10’ for Ireland in the long run is still seriously open to debate. Never seems to get a good penetrating pass away. 6

Daryl Horgan - The little man was very lively in the early going as he ran at Finnish players, but ran out of influence and one dreadful, no-look pass, almost gave the hosts a goal. 5

Seanie Maguire - Just put him down for the same as Horgan, without the daft pass. And he’s just a bit short in height for an international centre-forward. 5

Aaron Connolly - Very lively, he has a threat about him. And Connolly was more dangerous when put into the middle of the pitch. Another building block for better times ahead. 7

Subs: Robbie Brady - Lifted the match when he came on, Brady can be a threat from a set-piece and in open play. He has plenty to offer for the next year of World Cup qualifiers. 7

Jason Knight - Got a first cap in Helsinki and the 19-year-old has looked a proper player for Derby County. He can contribute more in the coming years. 6

Ronan Curtis - What a great chance he had to level the game and did well when he came on. 6

Adam Idah - Never got a decent chance to save the day when he came on. Will be frustrated that he’s gone from starting against Bulgaria to being a late sub here. 5


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