European Championship Qualifying - Group D
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Euro 2016 Group D qualifier: Republic of Ireland 1-1 Poland

Shan Long celebrates with James McClean and Wes Hoolahan after scoring the Republic of Ireland's equaliser against Poland in Dublin
Shane Long snatched a vital draw for the Republic against his late introduction
  • Republic have eight points from five games
  • Group leaders Poland remain three ahead of the Irish
  • Robbie Brady mistake gifts Poles their goal
  • Irish face Scotland next in Dublin on 13 June

Shane Long's injury-time goal rescued a vital draw for the Republic of Ireland against Group D leaders Poland in their Euro 2016 qualifier.

Robbie Brady was caught in possession, gifting Slawomir Peszko Poland's 26th-minute opener.

Aiden McGeady went close for the Irish while Robbie Keane headed against a post with Seamus Coleman missing a great chance before Long's late goal.

The draw leaves the Republic three points behind Poland.

World champions Germany and Scotland earned routine 2-0 and 6-1 Group D wins over Georgia and minnows Gibraltar respectively earlier in the day and it was vital that the Irish got something from the game.

The Republic stay fourth, two points behind Germany and the Scots with the Poles still leading Group D.

Republic manager Martin O'Neill made a number of selection calls with keeper Shay Given handed his his 128th cap and Wes Hoolahan named in an attacking role alongside Robbie Keane as the side showed seven changes from the defeat by Scotland.

With Stephen Ward having scarcely trained during the week because of injury, Hull winger Brady was named at left-back and his mistake allowed Peszko to put the Poles ahead on 26 minutes.

Republic of Ireland's remaining Euro 2016 Group D qualifiers
Scotland (home)Saturday, 13 June 2015
Gibraltar (away)Friday, 4 September 2015
Georgia (home)Monday, 7 September 2015
Germany (home)Thursday, 8 October 2015
Poland (away)Sunday, 11 October 2015

Brady had already exhibited nervousness with a few sloppy touches and was finally punished as he was dispossessed by Peszko deep in the Irish half before the Cologne striker fired an unstoppable angled shot past Given.

Even before the goal, the Polish fans had been making most of the noise in the Aviva Stadium and Peszko's superb finish sent them into raptures.

The Poles had bossed possession early on with Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski combining well with Maciej Rybus and only Norwich man Hoolahan looking in any way creative for the home side.

Midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak missed a great Poland chance when he headed a Rybus free-kick wide on 20 minutes.

Brady's nightmare moment came six minutes later as he was caught in possession with covering defender Marc Wilson unable to prevent Peszko firing past Given.

Clearly rattled by the goal, the Republic chased shadows over the next 15 minutes before Aiden McGeady went close to levelling with a chipped effort as the Irish produced a late flurry before the interval.

As would have been expected, the Republic continued to raise their tempo after the break with a deflected Brady cross clipping the outside of a post in the 52nd minute.

After Marc Wilson headed a chance straight at Lukasz Fabianski in the 64th minute, Keane nodded against the woodwork on 72 minutes with the keeper getting a crucial touch following a cross from lively Republic substitute James McClean.

Seamus Coleman horribly blazed an even better chance wide nine minutes from time as the suspicion that it was not going to be the Republic's night grew.

However, the Republic refused to give in and their late industry was rewarded as 83rd-minute substitute Long lofted over Fabianski in the 91st minute after a header on from Hoolahan.

The Republic had gone into the game needing three points to put them in a strong position in the group but in the end were mightily relieved with a point which keeps their hopes alive.

Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak and the Republic of Ireland's Glenn Whelan
Glenn Whelan battled with Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak at the Aviva Stadium
Robbie Keane shows his frustration at the Aviva Stadium
Robbie Keane headed against the Poland woodwork in the second half
The match started with smoke floating across the Aviva Stadium pitch after Poland fans let off flares
Poland's fans made most of the noise at the Aviva Stadium

Line-ups

R. of Ireland

  • 16Given
  • 2ColemanBooked at 45mins
  • 4O'SheaBooked at 32mins
  • 3WilsonBooked at 70mins
  • 19Brady
  • 14Walters
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forLongat 83'minutes
  • 8McCarthyBooked at 85mins
  • 7McGeadySubstituted forMcCleanat 68'minutes
  • 20HoolahanBooked at 25mins
  • 10Keane

Substitutes

  • 1Forde
  • 5Clark
  • 9Long
  • 11McClean
  • 12Meyler
  • 13Arter
  • 15Christie
  • 17Ward
  • 18Quinn
  • 21Murphy
  • 22Keogh
  • 23Westwood

Poland

  • 22Fabianski
  • 16Olkowski
  • 4SzukalaBooked at 59mins
  • 15GlikBooked at 50mins
  • 14Wawrzyniak
  • 17PeszkoBooked at 85minsSubstituted forKucharczykat 87'minutes
  • 8Krychowiak
  • 6Jodlowiec
  • 13Rybus
  • 7MilikSubstituted forMilaat 84'minutes
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 1Szczesny
  • 2Cionek
  • 3Komorowski
  • 5Linetty
  • 10Teodorczyk
  • 11Maczynski
  • 12Boruc
  • 18Mila
  • 19Janicki
  • 20Gajos
  • 21Kucharczyk
  • 23Wojtkowiak
Referee:
Jonas Eriksson

Match Stats

Home TeamR. of IrelandAway TeamPoland
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home17
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Poland 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Poland 1.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Lukasz Szukala.

Foul by Shane Long (Republic of Ireland).

Kamil Glik (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Michal Kucharczyk with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Tomasz Jodlowiec (Poland) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sebastian Mila with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Poland. Conceded by John O'Shea.

Goal!

Goal! Republic of Ireland 1, Poland 1. Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.

James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tomasz Jodlowiec (Poland).

Substitution

Substitution, Poland. Michal Kucharczyk replaces Slawomir Peszko.

Booking

James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Slawomir Peszko (Poland) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Poland. Sebastian Mila replaces Arkadiusz Milik.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Shane Long replaces Glenn Whelan.

Attempt missed. Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Robbie Keane.

Offside, Poland. Lukasz Fabianski tries a through ball, but Maciej Rybus is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Keane.

Attempt missed. Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross.

Jonathan Walters (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukasz Szukala (Poland).

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland).

Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maciej Rybus (Poland).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Arkadiusz Milik (Poland) because of an injury.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Lukasz Szukala.

Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) hits the right post with a header from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Robert Lewandowski (Poland).

John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Arkadiusz Milik (Poland).

Booking

Marc Wilson (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marc Wilson (Republic of Ireland).

Robert Lewandowski (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Walters (Republic of Ireland) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Seamus Coleman with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. James McClean replaces Aiden McGeady.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Czech Rep5410116513
2Iceland54011221012
3Netherlands521211657
4Turkey512268-25
5Latvia5032211-93
6Kazakhstan5014413-91

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales532072511
2Israel43019549
3Belgium4220121118
4Cyprus5203910-16
5Bos-Herze512256-15
6Andorra5005220-180

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Slovakia5500112915
2Spain54011431112
3Ukraine53026249
4Belarus5113410-64
5Macedonia5104512-73
6Luxembourg5014314-111

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland53201631311
2Germany531194510
3Scotland5311115610
4R. of Ireland522111478
5Georgia510449-53
6Gibraltar5005127-260

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England55001511415
2Slovenia530210469
3Switzerland530211389
4Lithuania5203310-76
5Estonia511315-44
6San Marino5014017-171

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Romania541071613
2Northern Ireland540184412
3Hungary52214318
4Finland511357-24
5Faroe Islands510427-53
6Greece502315-42

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria5410102813
2Sweden52307349
3Russia41216335
4Montenegro41213215
5Liechtenstein5113111-104
6Moldova501428-61

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia54101521313
2Italy532084411
3Norway530278-19
4Bulgaria512267-15
5Azerbaijan5104411-73
6Malta501419-81

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal43014229
2Denmark42116427
3Albania421145-17
4Serbia41126601
5Armenia401336-31
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