Disaster struck in the closing moments of the first half as the Republic of Ireland gifted Moldova a goal and, thus, a way back into the game.
There was an error of judgment between the Irish centre-backs, Shane Duffy and Ciaran Clark, with Clark rushing up and Duffy being caught out of position to allow Moldova's Bugaev in for a goal.
Shane Duffy is still turning...
— Dodge (@seidodge) October 9, 2016
Our two CB out the game completely there. Did not see that coming!!!
— Stephen Elliott (@SleevesElliott) October 9, 2016
Christ. Shocking defending.
— Nathan Murphy (@nathanmurf) October 9, 2016