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Play off second leg

Irish luck as penalty hands them place at Euro 2016

The Republic of Ireland booked their place at Euro 2016 with two goals from Jon Walters to beat a spirited Bosnia-Herzegovina in the play-off second leg in Dublin.

Ireland were helped by a controversial penalty in the 24th-minute awarded by Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers after Bosnia’s Ervin Zukanovic was judged to have handled a Daryl Murphy cross.

The goal put the Irish 2-1 up on aggregate and Walters volleyed in on 70 minutes to ensure his team’s passage to the tournament in France along with Northern Ireland, England and Wales.

Manager Martin O’Neill, who hails from the north, said:  “This is a special night which cannot be taken away from us.

“We will have a massive contingent of fans going to France and I would like to emulate the days of Jack Charlton and Mick McCarthy.”

Ireland’s victory came six years after France striker Thierry Henry’s infamous handball denied the Irish a place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

 

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