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Sunday 17 December 2017

Green Army rejoices as hero O'Shea rescues match

John O'Shea celebrated his 100th cap for Ireland with a glorious goal in the dying minute of last night's Euro 2016 qualifier against world champions Germany.

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

And then there were delirious scenes among the Irish supporters in the German stadium as O'Shea equalised in the dying moments of extra time.

David Murphy from Cork was among the celebrating fans. "We got a way with highway robbery. There were 3,000 Irish fans going mental, absolutely mental," he said.

Neilie O'Callaghan also from Cork said: "We were very, very lucky."

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

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