Ireland 2-3 Uruguay

Signs of progression for Ireland

March 29, 2011
By Gareth Maher
It is the performance rather than the result that matters in friendly games, so there is reason for Giovanni Trapattoni to be upbeat despite watching his team lose 3-2 to Uruguay.

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The 3-2 scoreline is not a big concern for the Republic of Ireland. Of course, a home win to follow up the Euro 2012 qualifiying victory over Macedonia would have been welcomed, but it wasn't needed.

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