The Republic of Ireland put themselves in a strong position for Euro 2016 qualification after securing a 1-1 draw away at Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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Robbie Brady scored in the 82nd minute and looked to have handed Martin O’Neill’s side a precious away win. However, Edin Dzeko equalised just three minutes later to ensure that the spoils were shared ahead of the second leg on Monday.
The game was played in difficult conditions, as seen above, with fog becoming a real issue for the players as the game went on.
However, no postponement was called by the officials, and the two sides were able to complete the game despite struggling in the latter stages as the visitors will feel slightly disappointed that they were unable to hold on for the victory.
Nevertheless, Ireland need just a goalless draw in Dublin next week to secure their place at Euro 2016 in France next summer, but they will undoubtedly be aware of the threat posed by their rivals.
It was a disappointing night for the hosts who would have hoped to have travelled with the advantage, but it took a last gasp effort from Dzeko to avoid a nightmare result as the likes of Miralem Pjanic and Senad Lulic were unable to find a breakthrough.
Instead, it was O’Neill’s injured-ravaged side that found the opener, and it remains to be seen just how important Brady’s goal will be ahead of what will undoubtedly be an anxious night at the Aviva Stadium on Monday.
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