Long helps Ireland to important draw

By SFC Media Sat 11 Nov International
Photo by Getty Images | Shane Long

Shane Long helped Republic of Ireland to a valuable draw in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off tie with Denmark.

Martin O’Neill’s side earned what could be a vital 0-0 in Copenhagen, as they put themselves in a strong position for Tuesday’s second leg, in Dublin.

Long started the game on the bench, but was introduced in the 74th minute for Daryl Murphy.

Cyrus Christie had the best chance of the night for Ireland, with a surging run into the area from the right wing just before half-time, but Kasper Schmeichel made a superb save from him on the angle.

Ireland had to endure a fair bit of pressure themselves at times, but they held firm, and will now look to book their place in the 2018 finals on Tuesday.

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