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Summary

  1. Scots remain two points above Irish
  2. Maloney equaliser goes in off O'Shea
  3. Walters was offside for opening goal
  4. Group leaders Poland hammer Georgia

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

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So, Scotland emerge from Dublin with a point following a pulsating Euro 2016 qualifier. Gordon Strachan's side move up to second place in Group D, ahead of Germany's game against Gibraltar, with a frustrated Republic of Ireland still two points further back.

Scoreboard at full-time
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Thanks for your company and comments throughout the day. We'll have reaction from the Scottish and Irish camps; player ratings and the thoughts of Tom English coming up later.

Meanwhile, you can read Alasdair Lamont's match report from Dublin

here.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Cheers.

'We were dominant'

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

"I thought we were dominant in the first half and deserved to be in front.

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill
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"We have absolutely fallen asleep for the goal, even though it's going miles wide. We should've closed it down at about three different occasions.

"I thought we were going to win it at the end. We didn't and I'm obviously disappointed not to have won.

"We didn't want half-time to come and I thought Scotland were in disarray at the time. We were in control of the game.

"Naturally, the advantage is with Scotland because the status quo remains. They must be delighted to have gone away with something from the game.

"Having said that, we're still well in the group..."

'Passing is the most sacred thing'

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
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"For all you say about systems we couldn't get ours working, whether it's through Ireland pressing or their physical strength or a lack of match fitness.

"I think I counted seven or eight passes where you expected the players to pass it to each other and they gave it away and you have a series of crosses. Whatever you do in football, passing is still the most sacred thing."

'Second half performance was brilliant'

Scotland defender Russell Martin

"I think that was a good point. We stood up to pretty much everything they threw at us."

Scotland defender Russell Martin
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Scotland defender Russell Martin suffered a facial injury during the Euro 2016 qualifier

"Disappointed to concede the goal we did but I think the second half performance was brilliant.

"We can go and enjoy our summer now and look forward to two massive games when we come back on the international scene."

On the aerial challenge by James McCarthy. "I've headed the ball and McCarthy's obviously caught me; I don't know what with. The referee has given him a yellow card. I wasn't too happy about it at the time, but that's football and part of the job.

"He's apologised, so we move on."

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SFA chief executive Stewart Regan: "Well done lads. Three points would have been nice but we'll take that. #WeAreScotland #teamspirit #UEFAqualifier #IRLSCO"

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Aditya Mohan: Ugly shirts not withstanding... great game for the Scottish faithful #bbcscotfootball

Neiily: Tale of two halves & a tale of two decisions, offside goal & should have been red card. Come on Gibraltar to keep us 2nd! #bbcscotfootball

Elsewhere around Europe

Ronaldo leads Portugal to win

Cristiano Ronaldo
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You may not be surprised to learn that Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show as Group I leaders Portugal edged to a 3-2 win in Armenia.

The Real Madrid superstar scored a scintillating hat-trick as his nation moved five points clear of nearest rivals Denmark and Albania.

Elsewhere, Hungary nicked a late 1-0 win at Group F counterparts Finland - which isn't great news for Northern Ireland ahead of

their crucial tie against Romania.

Hungary clinched maximum points thanks to a rasping half-volley from Zoltan Stieber (who was once on the books of Aston Villa), meaning they are now just a point behind Michael O'Neill's second-placed side.

'We're still in with a chance of qualifying'

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan on Sky Sports

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
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Gordon Strachan's substitutions paid dividends

"It might be offside (Jon Walters's goal] but I've not seen it again. They made it difficult: they're warriors and they stuck in there.

"There's a few twists and turns to come, that's for sure. We are still in with a chance of qualifying..."

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Slowbear: Ikechi is going to be a star, 'Anya' can quote me on that! #bbcscotfootball

Hutch: I suppose that levels up the bad goal decision argument doing the rounds. The linesman on that side had a shocking game.

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Anon: Why are Ireland so bad and lack passion/skill/basic intelligence when they play football? Time for O'Neill and Keane to leave and get someone in to prepare for World Cup 2018 now!

Benji, Leith: I despair re: another example of the failure to apply the rule of offside! Scotland the latest victim in Dublin! The years pass by and nowt changes re: ref inadequacy in applying this rule effectively.

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Joanna Maria: It was an exceptional game. Both countries have showed their power throughout the whole game. Cannot be more proud! :') #bbcscotfootball

Robbie Devenney: Good point, third is ours to lose and would fancy our chances against most play-off teams #bbcscotfootball

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Poland 4-0 Georgia

Robert Lewandowski
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Poland will still lead Group D tonight - regardless of Germany's result (win) against minnows Gibraltar later. That's because the Poles are four points clear of the world champions after a 4-0 victory against Georgia.

A four-minute hat-trick in the dying stages from striker Robert Lewandowski, who plays his club football in Germany for Bayern Munich, gives the scoreline an emphatic look.

Scotland are sandwiched between Poland and Germany, who will move back above Gordon Strachan's men with a win later.

Anya rejuvenates Scots

Ikechi Anya inspired a Scotland comeback in the second half
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Ikechi Anya inspired a Scotland comeback in the second half

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

BBC Radio 5 live

"Scotland are celebrating like it is a victory. They did not play anywhere near like they can and this is a hard place to come. Ireland will be gobsmacked to come away with just a point. Scotland rode their luck but come away with a point from their closest rivals.

"Goal difference could have a big affect in the end. Scotland and Ireland cannot think about that, they need the points on the board. Both of the sides can face up to Poland and beat them."

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Ross Armour: And Strachan, make sure Anya is the first name on the team-sheet from here on in! #bbcscotfootball

Jim Wright: The linesman on the far side had me angrier than I've ever been at a football match! #bbcscotfootball

Norrie Pedersen: A moral victory for Scotland #bbcscotfootball

FULL-TIME

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

Martin O'Neill and Gordon Strachan exchange handshakes before the former trudges up the tunnel. The Scotland fans roar their approval at a point most definitely earned after a listless opening 45 minutes.

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

ANOTHER ball played into the Scotland penalty area and Charlie Mulgrew flashes a boot to clear the danger. Frustration pouring down from the home fans inside the Aviva Stadium.

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

Ireland continue to plug away in search of a late winner but Brady's deep cross sails out of play for a goal kick.

A draw would suit Scotland more here. Christophe Berra replaces Steven Naismith as the Everton man takes his time heading off the pitch.

YELLOW CARD

James McClean and Steven Naismith receive yellow cards for a bit of handbags after contesting a loose ball in midfield.

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

Scott Brown is replaced by James McArthur as Gordon Strachan bolsters his midfield in the closing stages of this fascinating encounter in Dublin.

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

The Republic of Ireland have Scotland under the cosh and force a blizzard of corners in search of a second goal. However, the visitors are holding firm and repelling the aerial bombardment with a steely resolve.

Scotland are repelling Ireland's aerial bombardment
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Scotland are repelling Ireland's aerial bombardment

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

Martin O'Neil
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Steven Naismith's effort inside the box hits Scotland team-mate Steven Fletcher and seconds later Scott Brown demolishes Ireland substitute Shane Long with a WWE-style smash.

It's all happening as we enter the final 10 minutes in Dublin. It remains 1-1, can either side find a late, late winner?

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

Jon Walters eases Craig Forsyth off the ball as they contest an aerial challenge; the defender tumbling like TFI Friday's Baby left, baby right...

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

Steven Fletcher
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Steven Naismith plays the ball out for an Irish throw, triggering howls of Scottish frustration, as the visitors aim to stem the Irish tide.

Seconds later, Scotland press but the final ball evades the lonely figure of Steven Fletcher.

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

BBC Radio 5 live

"What a lift Robbie Keane has given Ireland, a huge lift. What a difference to the game. Scotland can finally draw breath because they have not been able to get the ball since the substitution."

GREAT SAVE!

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

Here he comes. Robbie Keane, with a wee shuffle, steps away from the Scotland defence but his rasping shot is straight down the throat of David Marshall and the goalkeeper gathers comfortably.

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

Charlie Mulgrew
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Alan Hutton is pocket-picked by Ireland's Daryl Murphy about 40 yards from goal but the visitors manage to clear the danger for a corner.

Almost a calamitous self-inflicted wound for the visitors.

Meanwhile, Ireland's record goalscorer Robbie Keane is on for Wes Hoolahan.

Seventeen minutes plus added time remaining in Dublin.

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Mark, Ayr: If Forsyth is kept on much longer one of his mistakes will cost us big time.

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

BBC Radio 5 live

"Ireland know they have to go for the win and Martin O'Neill knows that. Really intriguing to see how Ireland go about this now. This game is wide open and I expect to see more chances now."

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

James McClean replaces Glenn Whelan as Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill seeks to wrest the impetus back from the rampaging Scots.

Elsewhere in Europe

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Big goal in Warsaw where Group D leaders Poland have taken the lead over Georgia, Arkadiusz Milik with the goal.

Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo has just scored his third hat-trick in three games. That's right... three hat-tricks in three games.

Having ended the season with back-to-back trebles for Real Madrid, the former Manchester United forward has helped himself to three more for Portugal, who have come behind to lead 3-1 away to Armenia in Group I.

European XI of the year

BBC World Service picked their European XI of the year earlier this evening with the help of a panel of experts.

The rule was at least two players from each of Europe's top five leagues.

The selection was Neuer, Terry, Alaba, Chiellini, Pogba, Verrati, Hazard, Matuidi, Messi, Ronaldo, Suarez.

GREAT SAVE!

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

Shay Given, take a bow! The dancing feet of Ikechi Anya have the Irish in a spin and his pitching wedge cross is clawed away by Given like a hungry bear at the river's edge swatting a leaping salmon.

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

Steven Naismith
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The Republic of Ireland are claiming for a foul following a robust challenge from Scott Brown but the referee is having none of it.

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

Entering the final half hour and this Euro 2016 qualifier could swing either way. Ireland are doing their best to pressure Scotland's rearguard but Anya continues to look threatening on the counter attack. Great stuff!

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

A howler! Awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal, Scotland defender Charlie Mulgrew trots up before ballooning his effort high over the bar.

More of a Six Nations strike than a Euro 2016 qualifier drive...

Republic of Ireland 0-0 Scotland

Craig Forsyth
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Both sides are showing increasing attacking intent in search of a goal to take the lead. Seamus Coleman continues to threaten Scotland's rearguard: this game could end up 1-1 or 8-8...

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

Suddenly, Scotland are gliding over the turf and look increasingly comfortable with every touch. Martin O'Neill, in the Irish dugout, is wearing a pained expression, as though trying to decipher what's going on in Wayward Pines...

'Incredible start' to second half

Former Scotland defender Willie Miller

"An incredible start to the second half for Scotland! Right from the off I thought Ireland were sitting too far off Scotland. It's just what Scotland needed. What a tonic!"

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland

Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

BBC Radio 5 live

"Scotland have finally one decent piece of play. What a nightmare for Ireland, they had controlled this game but come back into the second half and it is all level."