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Ireland upset Germany

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Ireland's Shane Long celebrates with fans after scoring the winner against Germany during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying match in Dublin, Ireland yesterday.


Substitute Shane Long scored five minutes after coming on yesterday for Ireland to upset world champions Germany 1-0 and clinch at least a play-off place for Euro 2016.

Long struck in the 70th minute of their qualifier when he took goalkeeper Darren Randolph's long kick over the German defence and fired the ball past Manuel Neuer to the top corner.

"He's one of the best goalkeepers in the world, so it makes it even that bit more special," Long said after Ireland's first-ever competitive win over Germany.

"It was an unexpected and unnecessary defeat," Germany coach Joachim Loew said.

"He's won a World Cup. He's entitled to his opinion, and we were brilliant," Irish counterpart Martin O'Neill said.

With one game in qualifying remaining, Germany top Group D on 19 points, one ahead of Poland and Ireland, who meet in Warsaw on Sunday.

Robert Lewandowski scored his second goal deep in injury time for Poland to draw 2-2 with Scotland in Glasgow and end the home side's hopes of a play-off.

Because of their superior goal difference, a draw on Sunday would be enough for Poland to qualify directly, while Ireland needs to win to avoid the play-offs.