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Friday 15 December 2017

Dream result for Ireland as late O'Shea equaliser sends fans football crazy

Republic of Ireland's John O'Shea celebrates scoring his teams opening goal alongside teammates Jonathan Walters (centre) and James McClean during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying match at the Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen.
Republic of Ireland's John O'Shea celebrates scoring his teams opening goal alongside teammates Jonathan Walters (centre) and James McClean during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying match at the Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen.
John O'Shea, left, celebrates scoriong the equaliser
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill (left) and Germany manager Joachim Low shake hands before kick-off during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying match at the Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen.
Martin O'Neill hailed the spirit of his Ireland side
John O'Shea, right, will become the sixth Irishman to reach three figures if he is selected to face Germany on Tuesday

It was a dream ending for the Boys in Green who stunned Germany with an equaliser in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

John O'Shea marked his 100th cap for Ireland in style with a cracking goal in the dying moments of last night's game.

Germany were cruising to victory after a second half goal from Real Madrid ace Toni Kroos.

But the spirited, fighting quality of the Irish, which held the Germans scoreless in the first half, never abandoned the Boys in Green.

sweet

The Germans hit the woodwork in the first half but a stout Irish performance kept them at bay for most of the match.

Manager Martin O'Neill spoke afterwards of his team's determination to never give up and to "chase the game" until the very end.

The result was extra sweet for Ireland who had crashed to a 3-0 defeat in the last meeting between the sides in Cologne a year ago.

Twitter was full of praise for the Irish. Former manager Giovanni Trapattoni's interpreter Manuela Spinelli expressed her joy at the Irish equaliser. She tweeted: "JOS rocks! (John O'Shea) COYBIG (come on you boys in green) EURO2016."

England soccer legend Gary Lineker joined the chorus of congratulations saying: "Germany may no longer be a world force, but what a fabulous result and point for Ireland."

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