LONDON – England and Ireland played to a 1-1 tie Wednesday in a scrappy but peaceful exhibition game in their first matchup since hooliganism forced the abandonment of a game 18 years ago.
Shane Long headed Ireland in front after 13 minutes, Frank Lampard tied it 10 minutes later.
England fans rioted during the 1995 game in Dublin. On Wednesday, they heeded the warning of England manager Roy Hodgson by largely refraining from anti-Irish chanting at Wembley Stadium.
The potential for provocation was avoided during the national anthems as the music was turned up to full volume, leaving some speakers crackling.