A stoppage time goal from John O’Shea earned the Republic of Ireland a 1-1 draw with World Champions, Germany, in a 2016 European Championship qualifier on Tuesday night.
Erik Durm almost gave Germany the lead as early as the eighth minute, but his volley from 30-yards was kept out by the upright.
The Germans came close again in the 14th minute, defender Rudiger got on the end of Thomas Muller’s header back across the goal, but steered his eventual header just wide of the mark.
David Forde came to Ireland’s rescue just before the halftime break, as he pulled off a fine save to keep out Julian Draxler’s powerful effort form distance.
Ireland’s Forde proved to be the busier of the two goalkeepers, and was called into action inside the opening 10 minutes of the second to thwart efforts from Lukasz Podolski and Toni Kroos.
The World Champions eventually took the lead in the 71st minute, thanks to a delightful long range strike from Kroos.
Ireland nearly leveled matters in the 85th minute, as Aiden McGeady pounced on error from Mats Hummels to pick out Wes Hoolahan, who’s effort was superbly blocked by Jerome Boateng.
However, the Irish managed to secure a point late in stoppage time, thank to a half-volley from John O’Shea on his 100th appearances for the national side.Follow @Football7x24