Ireland 0 Netherlands 4
Republic of Ireland 0 Netherlands 4, Lansdowne Road, International Friendly Match, August 16, 2006. The 4-0 home defeat against the Netherlands was probably one of the worst moments in the international career of Manchester United defender John O´Shea. The Dutchmen were two goals up at the interval before they added two more in the second period.
The Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands had previously met each other 20 times, with the Irish winning seven of those matches and losing eleven. In their first ever meeting, Ireland had beaten Holland 2-0 thanks to one goal apiece from Joe O’Reilly and Paddy Moore in a friendly fixture at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam on the 8th of May 1932. At Landsdowne Road on the 16th of August 2006, however, Steve Staunton´s men took a real beating from the Netherlands in a one-sided midweek clash. The Dutch went into the lead courtesy of Klaas Jan Huntelaar of Ajax Amsterdam who headed home a corner kick from Arsenal´s Robin van Persie in the 24th minute of action, before Chelsea winger Arjen Robben doubled the lead for the visitors with a well placed shot five minutes ahead of the interval. In the second half, Huntelaar notched up his second goal of the friendly fixture when he scored from close range in the 53rd minute, while Van Persie made it 4-0 to Holland as the prolific marksman fired a powerful effort from outside the penalty area past Republic of Ireland shot stopper Paddy Kenny and into net after 69 minutes. Republic of Ireland Team: Paddy Kenny, Stephen Carr, Steve Finnan, John O’Shea, Andy O’Brien, Kevin Kilbane, Steven Reid, Graham Kavanagh, Aiden McGeady, Stephen Elliott, Clinton Morrison. Substitutes: Stephen Kelly, Jonathan Douglas, Liam Miller, Alan O’Brien, Kevin Doyle. Netherlands Team: Edwin van der Sar, Tim de Cler, Johnny Heitinga, Joris Mathijsen, Andre Ooijer, Denny Landzaat, Arjen Robben, Stijn Schaars, Rafael van der Vaart, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Robin van Persie. Substitutes: Kew Jaliens, Urby Emanuelson, Nigel de Jong, Theo Janssen, Dirk Kuyt.