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Ireland lose to Belarus ahead of Euro16

dpadpa 31/05/2016 Duncan Shaw

Ireland have lost 2-1 to Belarus in a warm-up match ahead of the European Championships.

Ireland's preparations for Euro 2016 suffered a setback Tuesday, in the shape of a shock 2-1 defeat at home to modest Belarus in a warm-up game.

Ireland went into the game without Robbie Keane and Harry Arter, both of whom may be omitted from the final 23-man squad which manager Martin O'Neill must submit to UEFA straight after the game on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST).

Mikhail Gordeychuk gave Belarus the lead in the 20th minute with a powerful drive, after being assisted by Igor Stasevich.

Things went from bad to worse for the Irish hosts when Maksim Volodko made it 2-0 on the hour after being set up by Nikolay Yanush.

Stephen Ward pulled a goal back for Ireland in the 72nd minute.

At the Euros in France - which begin June 10 - Ireland will be in Group E along with Belgium, Italy and Sweden.

Their first game will be in Paris against Sweden June 13.

Earlier on Tuesday, Austria warmed up for the finals with a 2-1 home defeat of minnows Malta, on early goals from Marko Arnautovic and Alessandro Schoepf.

Austria - who have been absent from the major football tournaments for almost 20 years - have been placed in Euro Group F along with Portugal, Iceland and Hungary.

They will make their debut against Hungary June 14 in Bordeaux.

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