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31 May 2016

Ireland defeated in final warm-up game

NORWICH City star Wes Hoolahan featured as a second half substitute and Robbie Brady was an unused substitute as the Republic of Ireland was defeated 2-1 by Belarus at Turners Cross.

The visitors were put in front midway through the first half courtesy of a stunning strike from Belarusian midfielder Mikhail Gordeichuk.

Belarus' lead was doubled on the hour mark when Alyaksandr Valadzko's deflected effort beat Shay Given in the Ireland net.

Stephen Ward halved the deficit ten minutes later, but Hoolahan's Ireland could not muster another before the full time whistle blew.

However, there were reasons to be cheerful as both Canaries were included in their nation's 23-man squad for the European Championships in France this summer.


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