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Sunday 17 December 2017

JOHN O'Shea celebrated a special moment and a result which echoed across the world at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen: "That was special!"

JOHN O'Shea celebrated a special moment and a result which echoed across the world at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen: "That was special!"

The Sunderland defender was told to push forward in the last ten minutes by Ireland boss Martin O'Neill so it was no accident he turned up in the penalty area to score his third goal for Ireland.

"Thankfully I was able to help the team out and keep the momentum going. Hopefully, there is a few more to come in the campaign," he said.

"The goal was one of those things. I was thinking that Jeff (Hendrick) was going to take a touch. Jeff has put a great ball across, first time, and I took a chance and got across my man.

"In fairness to the lad, Hummels, he was probably the best player on the pitch. It was the last kick of the game as well," O'Shea said, shaking his head as if he still didn't quite believe what had happened.

"It keeps the momentum going in the group, it's going to be very tight. But we have the momentum going into Scotland I hear they had a decent draw as well. It's a big point, hopefully, in the scheme of things," added O'Shea.

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