By Brooks Peck
Ireland's scoreless draw against Russia was a tough match for Richard Dunne. He put in a fine performance -- even coming up with a goal-line clearance -- but a touchline collision left him with a gash on his face and blood on his shirt. And since Ireland apparently didn't bring him a spare, Dunne had to put on a blank shirt and have his No. 5 drawn on by hand before he could continue.
Here's video of the collision that caused the problem...
After the match, Dunne required four metal staples to close up the wound on his cheek that opened when his head bounced off the artificial pitch/running track.
sauce, with a link to the video of the collision
Richard Dunne praised as Republic of Ireland manage draw against Russia
Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni saluted Aston Villa pair Richard Dunne and Shay Given for their heroic performances in a precious draw in Russia.
Dunne produced two superb blocks and ended the game with four stitches in a head wound as Ireland managed to survive an onslaught to cling on for their first ever point in Moscow.
Given was equally resilient as he pulled off a string of fine saves, including a vital late stop from Konstantin Zyryanov, to claim a seventh successive clean sheet for his team which kept them firmly in the race for Euro 2012 qualification.
Trapattoni said of Dunne’s performance: ‘He was fantastic. I thank God that we had Richard in this game.
‘He sacrificed himself because he went back on to the pitch with four stitches. He understood the need to stay on the pitch.
‘Shay Given also saved two or three goals. They were fantastic saves.’
Dunne had to have stitches after suffering in a challenge on Yuri Zhirkov which cost him a second booking in as many games, which will rule him out of next month’s trip to Andorra.
He was made to change his shirt, but with no No.5 replacement on the sidelines, goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly had to write the number on a plain shirt in felt-tipped pen.
Trapattoni said: ‘In life, these things happen. We forgot the reserve shirt.
‘We wrote the No.5 and thank God, he went back on to the pitch immediately.’
Ireland were under the cosh almost from the off as Russia set about moving further clear in the race for automatic qualification from Group B.
However, they had not reckoned with the resilience of a Republic side who repeatedly defied the odds to keep the home side at bay.
I did nae see the game, sadly, but The Guardian's Minute-by-Minute andThe Independent's match report tell me all I need to know: Dunne and Given played like BOSSES. Anyway, just thought I should share because in an age where players are criticised for ~not caring~ about international duty, always nice to read about players who clearly, clearly do!