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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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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.


Republic of Ireland

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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


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


Formation 4-3-3

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


  • 12Tete
  • 13Vlaar
  • 15van Aanholt
  • 16van Ginkel
  • 17Narsingh
  • 18Vilhena
  • 19L de Jong
  • 20Dost
  • 21Berghuis
  • 22Zoet
  • 23Vermeer
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Match Stats

Home TeamRepublic of IrelandAway TeamNetherlands
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Netherlands 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Bas Dost (Netherlands).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Substitution

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Netherlands. Luuk de Jong replaces Georginio Wijnaldum.

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Jeffrey Bruma.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Joël Veltman (Netherlands).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Substitution

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Netherlands. Bas Dost replaces Vincent Janssen.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Steven Berghuis (Netherlands).

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