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O'Shea own goal rescues Scotland point in Ireland

Published: Saturday 13 June 2015, 20.07CET
Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland
John O'Shea's own goal rescued a point for the visitors in Dublin, helping them remain two points clear of the fourth-placed hosts in Group D.
by Gareth Maher
from Dublin Arena

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Match statistics

Republic of IrelandScotland

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)50
 
50
Total attempts11
 
8
on target6
 
3
off target2
 
3
blocked3
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners13
 
4
Offsides1
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
4
Fouls suffered3
 
13

Standings

SSI Err
 
Published: Saturday 13 June 2015, 20.07CET

O'Shea own goal rescues Scotland point in Ireland

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland
John O'Shea's own goal rescued a point for the visitors in Dublin, helping them remain two points clear of the fourth-placed hosts in Group D.

John O'Shea own goal denies Republic of Ireland a crucial win
Jon Walters puts hosts ahead before defender deflects into own net
Scotland stay two points ahead of fourth-placed Irish in Group D 
Next games: Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland, Georgia v Scotland (4 September)

Scotland rescued a draw in Dublin to hold off the Republic of Ireland in Group D and keep themselves well in contention for a UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying slot.

Going into the game two points clear of the hosts, Gordon Strachan's men found themselves behind seven minutes before the interval as Jon Walters delighted the raucous home crowd by firing in from close range. The Scots were level two minutes after the restart when Shaun Maloney's shot deflected into the corner off the body of John O'Shea, leaving Ireland fourth in the section though still well in touch.

Set up in a 4-4-1-1 formation, Ireland played in a positive manner as they knew the three points would provide a huge boost to their qualification prospects for next summer's finals. Even so, Scotland were first to state their intent when Steven Naismith drilled wide on four minutes before Steven Fletcher tested the reflexes of goalkeeper Shay Given with a long-range drive.

Ireland's first attempt flew wide on 16 minutes but at least midfielder Glenn Whelan was trying to lead by example. The same player then crossed for Daryl Murphy to cause panic with a looping header that Scotland keeper David Marshall tipped over. From the resulting corner, Murphy forced Marshall into a save yet the ball fell into the path of Walters and he blasted home to give Ireland the advantage.

However, Scotland were able to bounce back early in the second period as Maloney exchanged passes with substitute Ikechi Anya and curled a shot which was destined to go wide until it hit O'Shea and looped past Given into the net. It was all level and the atmosphere moved up a notch. Murphy almost wrested control back for the Republic with a low strike, Marshall pulling off an excellent stop with his feet to deny the forward. At the other end Given had to be alert to palm down a deflected cross from Anya as Scotland went on the attack.

The introduction of record goalscorer Robbie Keane added an extra dimension to Ireland's play and he registered a shot at Marshall on 75 minutes. Yet even Keane could not provide the goal that the Irish craved so much. Manager Martin O'Neill will now turn his focus towards September when the Republic travel to Gibraltar before hosting Georgia.

Last updated: 15/06/15 10.50CET

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Lineups

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Scotland

Scotland

16
GivenShay Given (GK)
1
MarshallDavid Marshall (GK)
2
ColemanSeamus Coleman
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
3
WilsonMarc Wilson
3
ForsythCraig Forsyth
4
O'SheaJohn O'Shea (C)
Goal47
4
R. MartinRussell Martin
6
WhelanGlenn Whelan
Yellow Card20
Substitution68
5
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew
8
McCarthyJames McCarthy
Yellow Card30
6
MaloneyShaun Maloney
13
HendrickJeff Hendrick
7
MorrisonJames Morrison
14
WaltersJon Walters
Goal38
8
BrownScott Brown (C)
Substitution85
19
BradyRobbie Brady
9
S. FletcherSteven Fletcher
20
HoolahanWes Hoolahan
Substitution73
10
NaismithSteven Naismith
Yellow Card88
Substitution90+2
21
MurphyDaryl Murphy
Substitution80
11
RitchieMatt Ritchie
Substitution46

Substitutes

1
FordeDavid Forde (GK)
12
GordonCraig Gordon (GK)
23
WestwoodKeiren Westwood (GK)
21
SamsonCraig Samson (GK)
5
KeoghRichard Keogh
13
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
7
McGeadyAiden McGeady
14
AnyaIkechi Anya
Substitution46
9
LongShane Long
Substitution80
15
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
10
KeaneRobbie Keane
Substitution73
16
AdamCharlie Adam
11
McCleanJames McClean
Substitution68
Yellow Card88
17
GreerGordon Greer
12
MeylerDavid Meyler
18
RobertsonAndrew Robertson
15
ChristieCyrus Christie
19
ForrestJames Forrest
17
WardStephen Ward
20
GriffithsLeigh Griffiths
18
QuinnStephen Quinn
22
BerraChristophe Berra
Substitution90+2
22
McGoldrickDavid McGoldrick
23
McArthurJames McArthur
Substitution85

Coach

Martin O'Neill (IRL) Gordon Strachan (SCO)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)

Fourth official

Matteo Passeri (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Luca Banti (ITA), Davide Massa (ITA)

Legend:

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution