Shay Given, Republic of Ireland goalkeeper:
We're disappointed obviously with the first-half performance, but we showed a lot of character in the second half and deserved a goal. It was a late goal but we had some big chances and I felt we were the only team who were going to get goals in the second half. It's a big point in the end because it was so late. It's a tight group – probably the toughest group and the tightest group as well – so it will be a big point at the end of the campaign, hopefully, if we qualify. The second-half performance against a good team will give us a lot of belief.
It was important to get something tonight. We would have loved to get three points but if you don't win, you must not lose of course. It's a big point hopefully. It was a great finish by Shane [Long]. It might have taken a nick off a defender, but it was a hugely important goal. His first touch was very good and then he stuck it away – it's an important goal for us.
Martin O'Neill, Republic of Ireland manager:
It was important for us to get something out of the game. I thought that our second half performance was fantastic and we deserved at least that [a point] and we could have won it had we scored a little bit earlier. That said I thought that we were a little bit tentative in the first half and maybe a little bit nervous with the crowd cheering us on but they stayed with us throughout the game. Overall we're delighted to have got something out of the game, but disappointed that we maybe didn't win it because of our second half performance. But we're still in the competition.
|2010/12||Final tournament - Group stage||15||7||4||4|
|1998/00||Play-off for Final Tournament||10||5||3||2|
|Full UEFA competition record|
|UEFA European Football Championship||120||47||35||38|
|FIFA World Cup||142||53||46||43|