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Republic of Ireland 1-1 Netherlands

Luuk de Jong
Luuk de Jong had space to head a leveller

Republic of Ireland were denied a confidence-boosting win in their penultimate game before Euro 2016 as Netherlands claimed a draw in Dublin.

Shane Long tapped in his 16th international goal from close range to give the Republic a half-time lead.

And Martin O'Neill's side went close with two Shane Duffy headers but Luuk de Jong converted a late free header.

The Republic host Belarus on Tuesday, the same night that O'Neill names his squad for the tournament in France.

O'Neill seems assured on his selections and stated ahead of kick-off that he will likely inform most players of their places this weekend.

Of those thought to be in a battle for a seat on the plane, Bournemouth's Harry Arter - in just his second appearance for the Republic - delivered an eye-catching display in midfield.

His positive influence looked set to complement a solid display by O'Neill's side, but they will be frustrated with the non-existent marking which allowed De Jong to glance in from 10 yards just three minutes after coming on.

Shane Long celebrates
Shane Long converted from a rebound for his 16th international goal

It was the visitors' only effort on target and their ordinary display perhaps underlined why they fell short of qualifying for the European Championships.

Danny Blind's side have now conceded in eight straight games - their worst defensive run since 1962 - and the Republic could have taken further advantage of that defensive weakness.

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Eunan O'Kane on his Euro 2016 ambition

Long's goal arrived from a set piece when John O'Shea's header was saved and a flurry of set-pieces after the break saw Duffy head over, then wide, when well placed.

The home side made five changes after the break and the introduction of Darron Gibson perhaps suggests the Everton midfielder has not done enough to warrant a place in the final squad.

O'Neill may argue the number of changes led to a lack of cohesion when his side let the lead slip, but such a lapse in France may again prove costly as they contest a challenging group.

A good start against Sweden in Paris on 13 June looks essential, with fixtures against Belgium and Italy to follow. Ireland though are at least proving hard to beat, with just one defeat in 13 matches.

Line-ups

R. of Ireland

  • 23Randolph
  • 2Coleman
  • 12Duffy
  • 4O'Shea
  • 19Brady
  • 18ArterBooked at 40minsSubstituted forO'Kaneat 82'minutes
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forGibsonat 67'minutes
  • 22QuinnSubstituted forHendrickat 67'minutes
  • 9LongSubstituted forMcCleanat 67'minutes
  • 26McGoldrickSubstituted forHoolahanat 76'minutes
  • 14Walters

Substitutes

  • 3O'Kane
  • 5Keogh
  • 7McGeady
  • 10Keane
  • 11McClean
  • 15Christie
  • 16Given
  • 17Ward
  • 20Hoolahan
  • 21Murphy
  • 25O'Dowda
  • 27Hendrick
  • 28Gibson
  • 36Rogers

Netherlands

  • 1Cillessen
  • 2Veltman
  • 3Bruma
  • 4van Dijk
  • 5Willems
  • 6Bazoer
  • 8StrootmanSubstituted forvan Ginkelat 70'minutes
  • 10WijnaldumSubstituted forde Jongat 82'minutes
  • 11Promes
  • 9JanssenSubstituted forDostat 75'minutes
  • 7DepaySubstituted forBerghuisat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Tete
  • 13Vlaar
  • 15van Aanholt
  • 16van Ginkel
  • 17Narsingh
  • 18Vilhena
  • 19de Jong
  • 20Dost
  • 21Berghuis
  • 22Zoet
  • 23Vermeer
Referee:
Artur Dias Soares
Attendance:
42,438

Match Stats

Home TeamR. of IrelandAway TeamNetherlands
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Netherlands 1.

Full Time

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

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands).

Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

Offside, Netherlands. Steven Berghuis tries a through ball, but Luuk de Jong is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Eunan O'Kane (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Walters.

Goal!

Goal! Republic of Ireland 1, Netherlands 1. Luuk de Jong (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jetro Willems with a cross.

Foul by Bas Dost (Netherlands).

Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Eunan O'Kane replaces Harry Arter.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Luuk de Jong replaces Georginio Wijnaldum.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Jeffrey Bruma.

Foul by Joël Veltman (Netherlands).

James McClean (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Bas Dost (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jetro Willems with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Wes Hoolahan replaces David McGoldrick.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Bas Dost replaces Vincent Janssen.

Foul by Steven Berghuis (Netherlands).

David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Republic of Ireland. James McClean tries a through ball, but Jonathan Walters is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Marco van Ginkel replaces Kevin Strootman.

Foul by Vincent Janssen (Netherlands).

Harry Arter (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Jeff Hendrick replaces Stephen Quinn.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Darron Gibson replaces Glenn Whelan.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. James McClean replaces Shane Long.

Steven Berghuis (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland).

Jetro Willems (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland).

Attempt missed. Steven Berghuis (Netherlands) left footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

Riechedly Bazoer (Netherlands) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stephen Quinn (Republic of Ireland).

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Steven Berghuis replaces Memphis Depay.

Attempt blocked. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jetro Willems.

Joël Veltman (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Walters (Republic of Ireland).

Joël Veltman (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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