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11.10.2015 at 20:45 Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw Attendance:
Poland 2 - 1 Republic of Ireland
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir European Cup Qualifier / PROG-match

Krychowiak 13 mins,
Lewandowski 42 mins,
Jon Walters (16)
Opening squads
22 Fabiański (G)
5 Mączyński
7 Olkowski
8 Krychowiak
9 Lewandowski (C)
10 Linetty
11 Grosicki
14 Wawrzyniak
15 Glik
20 Piszczek
21 Pazdan
Darren Randolph
Seamus Coleman
John O'Shea
James Mc Carthy
Richard Keogh
Glen Whelan
Robert Brady
Jeff Hendrick
James Mc Clean
Shane Long
Jon Walters
1 Wojciech Szczęsny (G)
12 Artur Boruc (G)
2 Thiago Cionek
3 Artur Jędrzejczyk
4 Łukasz Szukała
6 Piotr Zieliński
13 Bartosz Kapustka
16 Jakub Błaszczykowski
17 Sławomir Peszko
18 Sebastian Mila
19 Artur Sobiech
23 Ariel Borysiuk
David Forde
Cyrus Christie
Marc Wilson
Paul Mc Shane
Wesley Hoolahan
David Meyler
Darron Gibson
Aidan Mc Geady
David Mc Goldrick
Daryl Murphy
Robbie Keane
Jacob Blaszczykowski for Oikowski 63 mins,
Tukasz Szukala for Maczynski 78 mins,
Slawomir Peszko for Grosicki 85 mins.
Robbie Keane -> Shane Long (55)
Aidan Mc Geady -> Glen Whelan (58)
Wesley Hoolahan -> James Mc Clean (73)
Yellow cards
Glik 74 mins John O'Shea (19)
Glen Whelan (45)
Jon Walters (95)
Red cards
None John O'Shea (92)
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
Match report
Republic of Ireland will have to qualify through the play-offs for Euro 2016 after they were beaten 2-1 by Poland.

Martin O'Neill's men went into the game knowing a victory or a score draw of 2-2 or above would guarantee them a spot in France but they failed to repeat their heroics against Germany on Thursday night and finished third in Group D.

Grzegorz Krychowiak hammered Poland into the lead on 13 minutes but Jonathan Walters gave Ireland hope from the penalty spot just two minutes later after Shane Long was fouled.

However, the red hot Robert Lewandowski notched his 15th goal in his last six games in all competitions just before half-time to down Ireland, who had John O'Shea sent-off in stoppage time for a second yellow card.

Poland's midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak opens the scoring against the Republic of Ireland

Poland's midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak opens the scoring against the Republic of Ireland

The result means Poland join Germany as automatic qualifiers.

The draw for the play-offs will take place on Sunday 18 October live on Sky Sports News HQ with the two-legged games scheduled to be played between 12-17 November.

O'Neill made five changes, restoring Glenn Whelan and James McClean after suspension, drafting in Seamus Coleman following his recovery from a hamstring problem and rewarding keeper Darren Randolph and match-winner Long for their efforts on Thursday evening.

The game exploded into life with 13 minutes gone when, after Coleman and O'Shea has combined to repel a foray into the box, the ball fell to Kamil Grosicki, who prompted a good reaction save from Randolph from close range.

Ireland managed only to half-clear the resulting corner to Krychowiak 20 yards out and his sweetly struck low drive sped into the bottom corner with the wrong-footed Randolph helpless.

But the visitors were behind for only three minutes.

Defender Michal Pazdan's high challenge on Long was rash, but television replays suggested it might have occurred outside the box.

Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir nevertheless pointed to the spot and Walters calmly beat keeper Lukasz Fabianski to claim his eight goal in an Ireland shirt.

The Poles saw an 18th-minute Pawel Olkowski strike correctly ruled out for offside as the home side redoubled their efforts, and although the Republic defended stubbornly, they eventually succumbed three minutes before the break.

This time, Olkowski was the provider, picking out Lewandowski with the perfect cross for the in-form striker to power a header past Randolph.
Seamus Coleman says the Republic of Ireland will to pick themselves back up so they can qualify through the play-offs for Euro 2016
Seamus Coleman says the Republic of Ireland will to pick themselves back up so they can qualify through the play-offs for Euro 2016

Whelan forced Fabianski into a solid save with a 51st-minute shot from distance after Robbie Brady's enterprising run, but the Stoke midfielder was to depart seven minutes later when he was replaced by Aiden McGeady, and he did so having seen Long carried from the field on a stretcher with what looked like an ankle injury.

Long's departure had prompted Robbie Keane's introduction, but although Ireland were now contesting the game higher up the pitch, that left space behind and Grosicki almost exploited it when he was played in with 65 minutes gone, only for Randolph to block.

Central defender Richard Keogh came close nine minutes from time when he got his head to McGeady's cross, but Fabianski claimed the ball at the second attempt, and Ireland's hopes were gone when O'Shea, who had been cautioned before the break, felled Lewandowski and was dismissed.
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