Kerr pleased with Irish effort
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Irish had clear-cut chances through Stephen Carr, Clinton Morrison and Robbie Keane and defended resolutely throughout to show the world champions they were no easy pickings.
Kerr said he was delighted with his charges and praised their work rate for shutting out Ronaldo and company at Lansdowne Road.
Kerr told Sky Sports One: "I'm delighted. We played well and deserved the draw, although we had to work very, very hard.
"We made a few clear-cut chances and I thought it was a very good game. We showed good shape and discipline.
"Robbie's was the best chance but they (Brazil) had one or two as well. Andy O'Brien made a brilliant saving tackle right at the end and Kenny Cunningham earlier put off Ronaldo.
"Overall it was a very good performance and a decent result," he added.
"It's about where we are in September and October - but tonight won't do our morale any harm, that's for sure."
Morrison, who gave Roque Junior a torrid time all evening, added: "I think we could have nicked it - but our defence did well and Shay (Given) kept us in it with a few good saves.
"I had a chance where the ball sat up nicely, although I should have taken it on.
"Robbie headed over from my cross - they were our two best chances. But overall a draw is a fair result."
Skipper Cunningham said his team-mates were champing at the bit to show what they could do against the Samba stars: "We faced the world champions tonight and we were up for it.
"Both sides had some good opportunities but we've got to be pleased with the performance.
"As defenders it's great to keep a clean sheet but everyone played their part - everyone can take credit in equal measure."