Ireland draws with Belgium 0-0 after missed penalty

AP , Saturday 23 Mar 2024

Evan Ferguson missed a first-half penalty and Ireland drew with Belgium 0-0 in a friendly in Dublin on Saturday.

Ireland s Andrew Omobamidele, left, and Belgium s Jeremy Doku challenge for the ball during the international friendly soccer match between Ireland and Belgium at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, March 23, 2024. AP


The striker had the chance to put Ireland ahead in the 28th minute at Aviva Stadium after Arthur Vermeeren was adjudged to have handled in the area.

But Ferguson's spot kick was saved by the legs of Belgium goalkeeper Matz Sels.

Ireland keeper Caoimhin Kelleher pulled off an impressive save late on to deny Belgium substitute Thomas Meunier.

The draw meant Belgium extended its unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions.

The Belgians play England on Tuesday in a friendly at Wembley Stadium.

John O'Shea took charge of Ireland for the first time since being appointed interim head coach last month. The former Manchester United defender will also be in position for Tuesday's game against Switzerland. The Football Association of Ireland said a permanent head coach would be hired by “early April.”

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