John O’Shea struck with almost the last kick of the match to secure a memorable draw for the Republic of Ireland in Gelsenkirchen and deny Germany the three points to get their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign back on track. The veteran Sunderland and former Manchester United defender ensured his 100th cap was one that neither he nor his country will ever forget with a close-range finish four minutes into injury time to keep Ireland joint top of Group D, three points above the world champions.
Just over 20 minutes earlier, Ireland looked set to leave Schalke’s Veltins-Arena empty handed when their stern resistance was ended by Toni Kroos’ fierce drive in off the post. That had come after a Germany team, heavily weakened by injuries to the extent that they had just four outfield players on the bench, struggled to break the visitors down following Erik Durm’s early strike from distance that cannoned back off the crossbar. But after the disappointment of going behind, Ireland fought back to claim what could prove to be a vital point in their efforts to make it to France.
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Goal Kroos- Germany 1 – 0 Ireland -14-10-2014 by ajmirkhanmohmmand
Goal John O’Shea- Germany 1-1 Ireland-14-10-2014- by ajmirkhanmohmmand