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Republic good value for win

Republic of Ireland 3-1 Uruguay
The Uruguayans were without Luis Suarez while in-form Paris St Germain striker Edinson Cavani lasted only 11 minutes as he was forced off following a challenge from Burnley’s Kevin Long, making his first start for the Irish.

Martin Cacares also headed against the Irish woodwork but the home side were good value for their win as Walters contrived to hit the crossbar from two yards just before the break with the goal gaping.

Bournemouth’s Harry Arter produced an excellent performance in the Republic’s midfield with right-back Christie proving an effective replacement for injured skipper Seamus Coleman as the Irish ended a run of two successive defeats following reverses against Iceland and Mexico.

Randolph came off at half-time after his ill-advised attempt to catch an out-swinging Carlos Sanchez free-kick allowed Atletico Madrid’s Gimenez to float a header into the net and replacement Republic keeper Keiren Westwood made a fine second-half save to deny the Uruguayan goalscorer a second.

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