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Walters double takes Ireland to UEFA EURO 2016

Published: Monday 16 November 2015, 22.37CET
Republic of Ireland 2-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina (agg: 3-1)
Jon Walters struck midway through each half as Martin O'Neill's side booked their place in France.
by Paul Bryan
from Aviva Stadium

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Match statistics

Republic of IrelandBosnia and Herzegovina

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)36
 
64
Total attempts8
 
9
on target2
 
1
off target3
 
4
blocked3
 
4
against woodwork0
1
Corners3
 
5
Offsides2
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
16
Fouls suffered13
 
12

Standings

Published: Monday 16 November 2015, 22.37CET

Walters double takes Ireland to UEFA EURO 2016

Republic of Ireland 2-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina (agg: 3-1)
Jon Walters struck midway through each half as Martin O'Neill's side booked their place in France.

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  • Walters drives in second at far post to remove any doubt
  • Irish through to third EURO finals after 1988 and 2012
  • Teams wear black armbands and observe minute's silence following events in Paris

The Republic of Ireland reached their second successive UEFA European Championship after a goal in each half from Jon Walters propelled the Boys in Green past Bosnia and Herzegovina in tonight's play-off second leg.

With an away-goals advantage following Friday's 1-1 draw in Zenica, the hosts raised their game, a match-winning performance sealed by Walters' first-half penalty and fine volleyed goal after the break.

Prior to the match, Ireland manager Martin O'Neill insisted his team would look to win the second leg and his players did him proud with a high-intensity opening that had the visitors on the back foot. Asmir Begović was forced into two interventions, first reacting smartly under pressure from Wes Hoolahan before getting down to deflect Robbie Brady's centre to safety.

Martin O'Neill's Irish 'delight'

Undeterred by Miralem Pjanić's occasional forays forward, Ireland maintained their focus and were awarded a penalty in the 24th minute when Ervin Zukanović was adjudged to have handled Daryl Murphy's cross. Suspended three days earlier, forward Walters calmly slotted a side-footed effort past his former Stoke City team-mate Begović.

The Dragons rallied and eyed an opening through Edin Džeko, whose knock-down was volleyed high and wide by Haris Medunjanin. Visiting coach Mehmed Baždarević sought a change by introducing Muhamed Bešić after the restart and as Ireland dropped back, so Bosnia and Herzegovina pushed forward.

O'Shea on 'special night' for Ireland

Medunjanin's low drive brought goalkeeper Darren Randolph into action before the midfielder saw a dangerous flighted pass headed away for a corner.

Buoyed by a boisterous home support, Ireland regrouped and delivered a crucial blow in the 70th minute. Brady's cross from a free-kick on the left was hacked into the air by Ognjen Vranješ and Walters – waiting on the right – volleyed in the loose ball.

Vedad Ibišević hammered a shot against the crossbar at the death, but the Bosnians were unable to spoil the party.

Last updated: 18/11/15 15.35CET

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Lineups

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

23
RandolphDarren Randolph (GK)
1
BegovićAsmir Begović (GK)
2
ColemanSeamus Coleman
2
CocalićEdin Cocalić
Substitution46
5
KeoghRichard Keogh
4
SpahićEmir Spahić
Yellow Card20
6
WhelanGlenn Whelan (C)
Substitution90
5
KolašinacSead Kolašinac
8
McCarthyJames McCarthy
6
VranješOgnjen Vranješ
12
ClarkCiaran Clark
8
MedunjaninHaris Medunjanin
Substitution69
13
MurphyDaryl Murphy
Substitution55
10
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
14
WaltersJon Walters
Goal24
Goal70
11
DžekoEdin Džeko (C)
Yellow Card90+3
19
BradyRobbie Brady
16
LulićSenad Lulić
Yellow Card23
Substitution80
20
HoolahanWes Hoolahan
Substitution55
17
ZukanovicErvin Zukanovic
Yellow Card83
21
HendrickJeff Hendrick
19
VišćaEdin Višća

Substitutes

1
FordeDavid Forde (GK)
22
BurićJasmin Burić (GK)
16
HendersonStephen Henderson (GK)
12
ŠehićIbrahim Šehić (GK)
3
WilsonMarc Wilson
3
BičakčićErmin Bičakčić
4
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
Substitution90
7
BešićMuhamed Bešić
Substitution46
7
McGeadyAiden McGeady
9
IbiševićVedad Ibišević
Substitution80
9
LongShane Long
Substitution55
13
Ar. HodžićArmin Hodžić
10
KeaneRobbie Keane
14
SušićTino Sušić
11
McCleanJames McClean
Substitution55
Yellow Card59
15
ŠunjićToni Šunjić
15
ChristieCyrus Christie
18
DjurićMilan Djurić
Substitution69
Yellow Card90+3
17
WardStephen Ward
20
I. HajrovicIzet Hajrovic
18
GibsonDarron Gibson
21
HadžićAnel Hadžić
22
ArterHarry Arter
23
SalihovićSejad Salihović

Coach

Martin O'Neill (IRL) Mehmed Baždarević (BIH)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)

Fourth official

Charles Schaap (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Pol van Boekel (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution