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By Emlyn Begley
BBC Sport
David McGoldrick’s late header ensured that a critical draw to keep the Republic of Ireland unbeaten in Euro 2020 qualifying.
The Swiss led when Fabian Schar scored to cap off a great movement and dominated.
But as they did in Denmark – Mick McCarthy’s side fought .
Glenn Whelan hit the bar from long variety and moments led from James McClean’s deflected cross to save a stage.
The Republic top Group D from three factors from Denmark, who beat Gibraltar 6-0, behind the Danes three points with Switzerland, but those sides have games in hand on the Republic.
Just like prior to the match in Denmark of the Republic, McCarthy – that stays unbeaten in his second spell in charge – said he’d have a lure.
Enjoy that game, the Irish dropped behind with about 15 minutes to proceed. And, just like in Copenhagenthey discovered an equaliser.
In truth, they were lucky against the unwanted ranked 11th on the planet.
Switzerland controlled possession and had plenty of opportunities with Denis Zakaria having a shot Schar overlooking with attempts from outside the box along with Breel Embolo.
Enda Stevens, Seamus Coleman and Alan Judge all needed to pull off last-ditch cubes or headers – along with the Irish needed to change formation at the first half to try to acquire a foothold in the match.
With Switzerland’s 14th shot of this game, Schar broke the deadline as he sailed home.
However, like Copenhagen off, the boys rallied and in green showed great personality. Hearts midfielder Whelan, with two aims in 86 covers, hit the crossbar from 25 metres with a shot.
Swiss director Vladimir Petkovic said before the game that the Republic’s style was”very unpleasant”. And what happened following would have been extremely unpalatable for him.
The crossbar had barely stopped moving from Whelan’s piledriver if McGoldrick leapt in the air to power home McClean’s cross – just the Republic effort on goal.
The Irish are bidding on to achieve a third Championship in a row, with only been qualified for one before 2012. Three Euro 2020 set matches are in Dublin, which adds an excess incentive.
This is actually the first time they’ve remained unbeaten in their opening five European Championship qualifiers because the.
McCarthy’s side are now three games away from playing at a tournament finals in their homeland. The upcoming Irish qualifier is in Georgia, who are not in contention to qualify, on Saturday, 12 October (14:00 BST).
When the Irish win – and there is a winner at Denmark’s home match against Switzerland that afternoon – then McCarthy knows two draws in their final 2 matches, in Geneva three times later and at home to Denmark on Monday, 18 November, will probably be sufficient.
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David McGoldrick’s late header retains the Republic of Ireland unbeaten in Euro 2020 qualifying using a crucial draw against Switzerland.
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