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O’Neill makes eight changes from Mexico defeat

Republic of Ireland 3-1 Uruguay
Republic manager Martin O’Neill made eight changes from Thursday’s chastening 3-1 defeat by the Mexicans in New Jersey with Randolph, Christie and Shane Duffy the only players retained.

With influential performers Walters, Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick recalled, it quickly became evident that this was going to be a much-improved Republic display.

Arter was also an all-action presence both offensively and in terms of tracking back and his performance must put him in the frame to start against Austria, with Wes Hoolahan now possibly under pressure for a midfield jersey.

Walters curled a brilliant opening goal from just outside the box on 28 minutes for his 13th international strike as the Uruguay defence stood off.

However, Uruguay were quickly on terms as Gimenez punished Randolph’s charge off his line moments after Cacares had headed against the Irish woodwork.

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