On Wednesday evening, Ireland and Wales played out a scoreless draw at Cardiff City Stadium in an international friendly, on the same night that Northern Ireland recorded a historic victory over Russia, and England and Scotland played out a thriller at Wembley.
In truth, points of discussion were rather hard to come by for pundits and analysts alike as the two sides brought little to the tie, aside from a handful of chances and wasted opportunities.
Turnout for the tie was very low, and many will have been glad they didn’t go considering the low quality of football that was on display for the most part.
One man who did manage to impress on the night, although only on for a short amount of time, was Paddy Madden who came on for Wes Hoolahan.
In truth, it was probably the fairest result on the night, however it certainly won’t have been the most ideal preparation ahead of Ireland’s upcoming crunch qualifiers against Sweden, Austria and Germany.
Of course, Giovanni Trapattoni will be disappointed his side weren’t good enough to break down Chris Coleman’s charges, but it’s possible that both sets of players had one eye on the upcoming domestic round of matches and may have played a little below par to escape any injuries or knocks.
During and after the rather uneventful stalemate, commentators and football personalities alike took to twitter to air their concerns, although many of the players themselves abstained from updating their accounts after the 93 minutes had elapsed:
That's Ireland's third consecutive 0-0 draw in this August friendly date. Mercifully, it is disappearing from the international calendar.
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) August 14, 2013
Usually an Ireland international throws up a major talking point to discuss afterwards. Running low on them tonight.
— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) August 14, 2013
Nice smile from Boaz when saving the chance from Longy. Bit of club banter there.
— Kevin Kilbane (@kdkilbane77) August 14, 2013
Just after stat announced that Ireland had 65% possession, Ciaran Clark boots ball sixty feet in the air. On the bench, Trap relaxes
— Dion Fanning (@dionfanning) August 14, 2013
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