Euro 2012: Ireland’s Robbie Keane unhappy with delay in Hungary

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane admits the wait before his side’s friendly match with Hungary was far from ideal

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Robbie Keane will captain the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2012 Photo: Kelvin Gillmor

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Robbie Keane admitted the Republic of Ireland were affected by the delay to kick-off in their goalless draw against Hungary on Monday night.

Ireland’s final warm-up game ahead of their Euro 2012 opener against Croatia on Sunday appeared to be in jeopardy after stormy conditions prompted the referee to delay the start of the match by almost 20 minutes.

When the referee did decide it was safe to start the friendly, Giovanni Trapattoni’s side produced a lacklustre first-half performance, before finally testing Hungary after the interval.

Ireland managed to keep their unbeaten record intact – Trapattoni’s side have gone 14 games without defeat – but captain Keane felt their display was compromised by the initial delay.

“It was just a bit of a shame – the delay before kick-off killed the rhythm of the game, to be honest with you.

“It took you a while to get your breath because standing in the tunnel for half an hour or 40 minutes before we kick off wasn’t ideal preparation, but it’s one of those things.”

“I think we knew it eventually it was going to be played, but the longer you are standing around

“I think the ref should have given us probably five minutes or something like that to do a little warm-up.

“We went straight from standing for 40 minutes basically straight to kick-off, which is usually unheard of.”

Ireland face Slaven Bilić’s Croatia side in Poznan on Sunday, followed by a tie against the holders Spain, before finishing their Group C fixtures against 2006 World Cup winners Italy on 18 June.

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