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Summary

  1. REPUBLIC QUALIFY FOR EURO 2016
  2. They join England, Wales & NI in France
  3. Walters slots in penalty after handball
  4. Stoke forward volleys in second

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By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

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The party in Dublin is only just getting under way but it's time for us to say goodbye. What a night. The Republic of Ireland will be joining Northern Ireland, Wales and England at Euro 2016. All roads, ferries, trains and planes lead to France. See you there...

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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill hails the impact of his assistant Roy Keane after qualifying for Euro 2016.

"Bringing in Roy is as big a decision as any I have made for a long time," he tells Sky Sports.

"He's not taking too much of the accolades but he has been fantastic for myself, the backroom staff and obviously the players.

"This is a special night, it can't be taken away from us. It's been a long road, 12 games, and when I look back it will be a very proud moment."

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Not one for selfies after games but you can't miss one with the president Michael D Higgins ☘☘ have a bit of that!

Not one for selfies after games but you can't miss one with the president Michael D Higgins ☘☘ have a bit of that!

'Delighted to be there'

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Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Ray Houghton tells BBC Radio 5 live: "Martin O'Neill has grown into the job and has got more involved, the same with Roy Keane. This means so much to Martin. Jack Charlton was the last manager to qualify in his first tournament and Martin has done it.

"Since the first game it has been a lot of effort, a lot of blood, sweat and tears. We haven't got the flair players like other international sides but every player that pulls on that green shirt gives 100% and goes into battle with everyone.

"I was in Faro when Republic of Ireland were playing Gibraltar and Scotland were playing Georgia. It was flat around the stadium as everyone was thinking Scotland would get a result. We're just delighted to be there and it looked for a spell that we wouldn't do it."

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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill on introducing Shane Long and James McClean early in the second half:

"I made that double substitution because I always felt we had to win the game," he tells Sky Sports.

"I felt Bosnia had the capability to score goals and if they did that then momentum would have shifted towards them. We had to stem that flow. The changes gave us a bit of extra strength and momentum."

'Toughest draw of all of them'

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More from injured Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given. He tells BBC Radio 5 live: "It was a tough draw, we had the world champions Germany, Poland and Scotland so it was the toughest draw of all of them.

"Then we had the toughest draw in the play-offs in Bosnia, who were the highest-ranked team.

"What a hero Jon Walters is. He deserves all the acclaim he will get tonight. He gives us that presence on the pitch and he is the first in the gym and the last out."

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You need to zoom/pinch but Jon Walters has come back out on his own. Presumably looking for his hat-trick. #COYBIG

You need to zoom/pinch but Jon Walters has come back out on his own. Presumably looking for his hat-trick. #COYBIG

'Proud'

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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill on Sky Sports: "I couldn't be more proud of this team.

"They have been absolutely fantastic right from the start when Aiden McGeady scored to win 2-1 in our opening qualifier in Georgia. I thought then that the points could be crucial. 

"I hold the players in the highest esteem. They don't have everything, but courage and determination are things they have in abundance."

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill
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Inside the dressing room

Who knew Superman played for Ireland?

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Republic of Ireland's goalscoring hero Jon Walters on Sky Sports: "There was a whole team of heroes out there - we got there in the end. It is the best moment of my career in any shirt - to qualify for the European Championship finals is unbelievable. You've got to take in this atmosphere, these moments don't come around in a career very often. The management team deserve lots of credit - they have been excellent throughout the campaign."

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'Fantastic achievement'

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Mark Lawrenson

Former Republic of Ireland defender on BBC Radio 5 live

"The secret of being a top manager is that you get a little bit extra from every player and that's what Martin O'Neill does. It's a fantastic achievement.

"Throughout the games they have had to pick Championship players and that's why this achievement is greater than before. In other Ireland qualification teams they have had four or five really top players."

Martin O'Neill
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Martin O'Neill coming up...

'Phenomenal for the country'

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Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given, who missed the game through injury, has just been speaking on BBC Radio 5 live. He says: "It's phenomenal for the country, a great night.

"The team spirit has been one of the biggest strengths and we haven't got a superstar.

"We're all in it together and you see Robbie Keane celebrating just as much as anyone as if he was in the team. Every single player is proud to put on the jersey and you can see what it means to them."

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Yes! What a night & congratulations to everyone connected with @FAIreland . Roll on France 2016 ☘🇮🇪

Congratulations to Martin O'Neill and all his players. #France2016 here we come. Lovely.

Yyyyeeeesss you beauty. Brilliant boys @FAIreland deserve everything #EURO2016

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Republic of Ireland left-back Robbie Brady on Sky Sports: "The fact we're going to the Euro 2016 is unbelievable, I'm still in shock, it's the sort of thing you dream about. Getting into the play-offs, drawing away and coming back here to qualify is what we would taken before and we did it today. Everyone involved was excellent and now we're off to France. 

"My set pieces were dire before the one which set up Jon Walters's second but he stuck with it and he put that one away. I'm ecstatic. We never seem to do things the easy way, when things got tough, we stuck together and ground out those results.

"Tonight is the best moment of my career."

Robbie Brady
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#bbcfootball

Ken Gorry: "Last year Darren Randolph conceded eight to Bournemouth. Now he is going to the Euro 2016. It's a funny old game. PS Jon Walters is a legend."

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We're still another seven months away from Euro 2016 but plans for the biggest ever European Championship are well under way.

The tournament will see 51 matches across ten venues in France, from Lille and Lens in the north to Marseille and Nice in the south. The full draw for the finals will take place in Paris on 12 December at 17:00 GMT. 

Currently 22 teams have booked their place in the tournament: France, Spain, Germany, England, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, Iceland, Wales, Albania, Northern Ireland, Hungary and Republic of Ireland.

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Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph, who started the last three qualification matches after Shay Given's injury, on Sky Sports: "It's unbelievable - I couldn't have written that script. Thankfully I got to play some games and we're through - that's all that matters."

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Scenes on the pitch are similar to the last day of the season. Players, draped in scarves, are walking round the pitch with their children waving at the crowd. No one wants to leave.

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Well done the boys tonight!fantastic result,the best supporters in international football are going to party😀⚽️🎶☘🍺and Guinness of course!

'Ireland eight-under-par'

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Mark Lawrenson

Former Republic of Ireland defender on BBC Radio 5 live

"Ireland have been great because they haven't played that well in terms of football, but they managed the match superbly.Since the penalty, Bosnia's performance went down. They were arguing with the referee, the Ireland players and each other.

"For the Irish it was great as they knew they had got them rattled. Ireland deserve it, but Bosnia beat themselves.

"In terms of Irish managers, Martin O'Neill has probably had the least talented group of players available of anyone who has qualified. There are no superstars in this squad. Like Northern Ireland they have done absolutely brilliantly. In golfing terms, they are eight-under-par."

Martin Oneill
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Northern Ireland, Wales, England, Republic of Ireland...hands up who cannot wait for Euro 2016 to start?

'Angry men not good enough'

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Mark Lawrenson

Former Republic of Ireland defender on BBC Radio 5 live

"Bosnia have played like angry men all night, but they have just not been good enough."

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The stewards have done their job. No fans have been able to get on the pitch but they are all staying to applaud the players who are on a lap of celebration.

Shane Long has just gate crashed a TV interview with one of his team-mates. The champagne is flowing and Thin Lizzy's 'Boys Are Back In Town' is being played over the speakers. 

The party is under way...

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Adam Reid: Congratulations to ROI on qualification. Any team that can take four points and two clean sheets off the Germans deserve it.

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No one is going home. Martin O'Neill, in grey sweatshirt, is on the pitch going round to pat each and everyone of his players on the back.

Martin O'Neill and James McCarthy
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FULL-TIME

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Start the party because the Republic of Ireland are going to Euro 2016. Jubilant scenes at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland celebrate qualification for Euro 2016
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HITS THE WOODWORK

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So close for Bosnia. Vedad Ibisevic hammers the ball against the woodwork.

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Any moment now...

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John O'Shea gets a standing ovation as he replaces Glenn Whelan. It eats up another few seconds.

Three additional minutes.

'Bosnia's star players haven't performed'

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Mark Lawrenson

Former Republic of Ireland defender on BBC Radio 5 live

"Defensively Bosnia made three changes out of their back four but that has not worked as they have conceded two goals. This is a cup tie, but Bosnia have not got it all night.

"Pjanic is an outstanding player, but him, Dzeko and maybe Begovic, their star players, haven't been star players in these two matches."

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Stewards have moved into position to prevent a pitch invasion. Good luck to them...

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Pin-ball inside the Ireland area. A huge roar goes up as Darren Randolph throws himself on the ball. Ireland are nearly there.

Darren Randolph makes a crucial save
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The countdown has started. Cries of 'Ole, ole, ole' as the Republic invite Bosnia to come and get possession.

'Bosnia have lost their composure'

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Mark Lawrenson

Former Republic of Ireland defender on BBC Radio 5 live

"Bosnia have lost all of their composure. All of them. It is like they have beaten themselves. Forget Friday, this was their cup final."

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This is their second game in 72 hours. They have run themselves into the ground and they are on the cusp of Euro 2016. Still the men in green are chasing everything. Absolutely everything. This has been a terrific performance by Martin O'Neill's men.

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Paul Mulligan: So the island of Ireland is heading to Euro 2016. Who thought that before qualifying? What an amazing achievement by both teams.

Rt. Rev. Liam Reilly: I'm so glad that Jon Walters is 1,000 times better for Ireland than he is for Stoke.

KAP: I bet Jonny Walters can do it on a rainy Monday night in Stoke!

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Ready for the longest seven minutes of your lives? The Republic are in control of this but they are not there yet.

James McCarthy and Edin Dzeko
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SUBSTITUTION

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Shortly before Ireland's second goal Bosnia were fortunate not to have Emir Spahic sent off for another late challenge. The visitors have made their third and final change - midfielder Senad Luli making way for  forward Vedad Ibisevic.

Emir Spahic
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