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Two goals helped a Republic of Ireland side beat Bulgaria 3-1 at Tuesday in Dublin.
After a dull first half , Alan Browne withdrew at the Irish ahead afterwards Bulgaria keeper Hristo Ivanov had failed to hold a Ronan Curtis shot.
The Republic’s lead was revived by the header of Kevin Long on 83 although a from punishment levelled on 67.
Debutant Jack Byrne and Enda Stevens beautifully set a further target for another rookie James Collins.
Luton striker Collins and impressive Shamrock Rovers midfielder Byrne were among five Republic players to make first caps.
Charlton’s Josh Cullen and bournemouth keeper Mark Travers produced their international bows with Collins, Byrne and Burton Albion keeper Kieran given debuts from the seat.
Republic boss Mick McCarthy may have considered the evening as a helpful practice because the unbeaten streak of his team improved to eight games but it’s likely he’ll go back to his regular line-up for the next month’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifier at Georgia.
More to follow.
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