Euro 2020 play-off: Republic of Ireland pay for missed chances as they suffer Slovakia shootout defeat

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Conor Hourihane shows his disappointment after missing his glorious chance late in normal time
Conor Hourihane missed a glorious Irish chance late in normal time

The Republic of Ireland’s hopes of qualification for the Euro 2020 Finals are over after they lost 4-2 on penalties in the play-off in Slovakia.

The game was goalless following extra-time after the Republic missed a series of glorious opportunities.

Conor Hourihane wasted the best Irish chance late in normal time with sub Alan Browne hitting the woodwork.

Browne then saw his penalty saved by Slovak keeper Marek Rodak before Matt Doherty’s miss sealed the home win.

It was a devastating conclusion to the Republic’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign which saw Stephen Kenny taking over the managerial reins from Mick McCarthy heading into the play-off.

Kenny’s side undoubtedly deserved to progress to an all-Irish play-off final with Northern Ireland in Belfast on 12 November but were undone by a combination of poor finishing and bad luck.

If the Republic had progressed from the play-offs, they would have been guaranteed two home matches in Dublin in the new format multi-venue Euro Finals but now will have to watch from the sidelines as the competition comes to the Aviva Stadium.

Player of the match

HamsikMarek Hamsik

Slovakia

  1. Squad number17Player nameHamsik

  2. Squad number8Player nameDuda

  3. Squad number7Player nameHaraslin

  4. Squad number19Player nameKucka

  5. Squad number6Player nameGregus

  6. Squad number11Player nameMihálik

  7. Squad number1Player nameRodák

  8. Squad number16Player nameMazán

  9. Squad number2Player namePekarík

  10. Squad number13Player nameHrosovsky

  11. Squad number4Player nameValjent

  12. Squad number10Player nameRusnák

  13. Squad number9Player nameBozenik

  14. Squad number3Player nameVavro

  15. Squad number20Player nameMak

  16. Squad number5Player nameGyömbér

Republic of Ireland

  1. Squad number5Player nameEgan

  2. Squad number9Player nameMcGoldrick

  3. Squad number3Player nameStevens

  4. Squad number18Player nameLong

  5. Squad number4Player nameDuffy

  6. Squad number10Player nameBrady

  7. Squad number12Player nameRobinson

  8. Squad number13Player nameHendrick

  9. Squad number15Player nameO’Dowda

  10. Squad number7Player nameBrowne

  11. Squad number23Player nameRandolph

  12. Squad number6Player nameHourihane

  13. Squad number8Player nameMcCarthy

  14. Squad number2Player nameDoherty

  15. Squad number11Player nameMcClean

Line-ups

Slovakia

  • 1Rodák
  • 2Pekarík
  • 3VavroSubstituted forGyömbérat 112′minutes
  • 4Valjent
  • 16Mazán
  • 19KuckaSubstituted forGregusat 86′minutes
  • 13Hrosovsky
  • 17HamsikBooked at 114mins
  • 10RusnákSubstituted forMakat 86′minutes
  • 8DudaBooked at 101minsSubstituted forBozenikat 107′minutes
  • 11MihálikSubstituted forHaraslinat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Gyömbér
  • 6Gregus
  • 7Haraslin
  • 9Bozenik
  • 12Kuciak
  • 14Schranz
  • 15Pauschek
  • 20Mak
  • 21Bero
  • 22Koscelnik
  • 23Greif

R. of Ireland

  • 23Randolph
  • 2Doherty
  • 4DuffyBooked at 68mins
  • 5Egan
  • 3Stevens
  • 8McCarthySubstituted forBrowneat 60′minutes
  • 6HourihaneBooked at 20mins
  • 12RobinsonSubstituted forO’Dowdaat 100′minutes
  • 13Hendrick
  • 11McCleanBooked at 48minsSubstituted forBradyat 60′minutes
  • 9McGoldrickSubstituted forLongat 112′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Travers
  • 7Browne
  • 10Brady
  • 14Williams
  • 15O’Dowda
  • 16Kelleher
  • 18Long
  • 20Christie
  • 21Byrne
  • 22Molumby

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