Slovakia 0-0 Republic of Ireland (4-2 pens): Stephen Kenny’s men suffer shootout heartbreak in Euro 2021 play-off semi-final as their hopes of reaching next summer’s tournament are ended
- After 90 minutes the game between Slovakia ended Ireland ended 0-0
- Slovakia’s best chance came from Hamsik but was stopped on the line by Duffy
- Ireland’s biggest moment came in the 85th min but Robinson failed to convert
- Alan Browne hit the post for Stephen Kenny’s side in the first half of extra time
- However, it was Pavel Hapal’s side who held their nerve and won on penalties 4-2
It is Slovakia who have won a place in the European Championships play-off final in Bratislava after holding their nerve in the penalty shootout.
After 90 minutes, the game between Slovakia and Ireland ended 0-0, forcing both sides to enter into extra time.
Alan Browne had three huge chances but the most prominent came in the first half of extra time. The substitute hit the post after Brady and O’Dowda combined down the left.
However, after 120 minutes of football, the game ended goalless – taking both sides into penalties.
It was Pavel Hapal’s side who held their nerve and emerged victorious after winning 4-2 with goals from Hamsik, Patrik Hrosovsky, Lukas Haraslin and Jan Gregus.
The result will cause heartache for Matt Doherty and for the Republic of Ireland as their hopes of reaching next summer’s European Championship finals are over.
Ireland: Randolph, Doherty, Stevens, Duffy (c), Egan, Hourihane, McCarthy, McGoldrick, McClean, Robinsob, Hendrick
Subs: Kelleher, Molumby, Idah, Byrne, Brady, Williams, Connolly, Long, O’Dowda, Travers, Browne.
Slovakia: Rodak, Pekarik, Vavro, Valjent, Mazan, Kucka, Hrosovsky, Hamsik (c), Rusnak
Subs: Bero, Schranz, Koscelnik, Pauschek, Haraslin, Gregus, Gyomber, Bozenik, Mak, Kuciak, Greif
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