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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Scotland is now make or break for O'Neill

IRELAND must now go and beat Scotland at the Aviva in June to have a realistic chance of qualifying for the Euro 2016 finals according to Martin O'Neill.

"I think we'd have to beat Scotland. I think it probably just boils down to that - we have to win that game. If the second-half showing is anything to go by, I think we are capable of doing it," said the Ireland boss.

"Whatever we may lack, courage and spirit are not among them. I don't think it's a fluke now that we have scored late goals in games. That's three times now we have scored recently in the last few moments. We also hit the bar against Scotland.

"I know they are clichéd phrases, but it does show something about the character of the team. At least we keep going right to the end, and who knows? Who knows, this point might be an important point."

Poland manager Adam Nawalka, still sitting pretty on top of the group, gritted his teeth and accepted the last minute concession of an equaliser with good grace.

"We won a point at a very difficult ground to play at, so we are happy. Of course, we conceded a goal in added time and that definitely hurt. It was a battle and until the end, we fought that battle. We lost a goal at the very last minute in added time, but all the players fought up until then very hard.

"Overall, I believe the result was a fair scoreline. We played a very good first half and maybe lacked a bit of quality, but overall, we are content with a draw.

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