Rep Ire vs Switzerland
European Qualifiers Group D
7:45pm Thursday 5th September
Because they drew 1-1 with Switzerland in Group D of Euro 2020 28,, david McGoldrick’s very first global goal rescued a very important point.
McGoldrick cancelled out the magnificent opener of Fabian Schar having a header to the far corner from the cross of James McClean five minutes out of time.
Schar had finished off a movement that was lovely to put the visitors ahead in the Aviva Stadium 16 minutes from time .
However, Mick McCarthy’s team revealed their resilience, which has observed them top a qualifying team five games in, since they battled back to make another point.
McCarthy said the defence at times of Ireland made that perfectly clear, using a and before the game he would take a point.
Nevertheless they forged the best chance of the first half 13 minutes in when a lovely Callum Robinson back-heel gave Jeff Hendrick space to rush into. He also released the ball in a moment that was perfect to nourish McClean, but he was denied by a block in Nico Elvedi.
Although when Ireland did attack they found themselves vulnerable on several occasions on the rest, Switzerland defeated before the rest, however their back four held strong to deny’keeper Darren Randolph any critical job to do before the break.
The next period proved to be a separate story. Switzerland took full control as when some great passing found Breel Embolo unmarked in the box, the match wore on and should have led, but he slipped in the first moment and also missed the target entirely.
The opener was found by another glossy move . The Irish defence was caught by four moves in as many touches on the hop, and the people kept the ball for over a minute before moving it forward with speed and found an unmarked Schar, up from the back, to slot into the back corner.
McCarthy’s point looked in danger of slipping away but Ireland did exhibit a little additional fight in the previous 15 minutes, that was personified by McClean’s determination to win back the wall to the left flank, before crossing for McGoldrick to beat Schar in the atmosphere and head to the the far corner.
Switzerland stay six points behind Ireland with 2 matches in hand, while Denmark’s 6-0 win over Gibraltar sets these three points behind using one match in hand, but McCarthy will be quite happy with his team job in Group D with three games to go.
The Republic of Ireland come back in the Aviva on Tuesday night when they host Bulgaria in a friendly at 7.45pm.
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