Republic of Ireland 1-1 Poland: Substitute Long saves the Irish with stoppage-time strike

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first_imgSouthampton striker Shane Long came off the bench to rescue the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualification campaign with a priceless last-gasp equaliser against Poland.The Group D leaders looked to be heading for victory in Dublin courtesy of midfielder Slawomir Peszko’s first-half strike.But Long, an 83rd-minute replacement for midfielder Glenn Whelan, stabbed home from close range in the first minute of stoppage time to snatch a point and keep Ireland’s hopes of making it to France alive.Ireland were second best in the first half and, after a scrappy opening from both teams, they fell behind when Robbie Brady dallied on the ball and was swiftly dispossessed  by midfielder Peszko, who darted forward and beat Shay Given with an unstoppable left foot drive.But Martin O’Neill’s side upped their game after the break and hit the post twice in search of the equaliser.Brady was first to go close when his deflected cross drifted over goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski but came back out off the inside of the left-hand upright.Marc Wilson then had a thumping header denied by the Swansea shot-stopper, who was saved by the woodwork again moments later when Robbie Keane saw his downwards header bounce up and off the same post.O’Neill sacrificed holding midfielder Glenn Whelan to send on striker Shane Long as time ran down as the hosts threw everything forward.And the move paid dividends in injury time when Wes Hoolahan’s header fell for the Saints man to stab a shot past Fabianski to snatch a dramatic point.The result leaves Ireland in fourth place, just two points adrift of second place Germany and Scotland in third, who are tied on ten points. Southampton striker Shane Long scores a late leveller for Republic of Ireland 1last_img

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