Ireland 1 Netherlands 1: Late goal pegs hosts back

Luuk de Jong's late header cancelled out Shane Long's opener as Netherlands battled back to draw 1-1 against Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

  • Published: , Refreshed:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 preparations were dented courtesy of a late equaliser by Netherlands, who pegged the hosts back to secure a 1-1 friendly draw in Dublin on Friday.

Manager Martin O'Neill has signalled he is close to finalising his 23-man squad for the tournament, where Ireland face Italy, Belgium and Sweden in a tough group, but his side looked vulnerable defensively despite leading for most of the game.

Ireland opened the scoring after 30 minutes, Shane Long reacting fastest to poke home after John O'Shea's header from Robbie Brady's corner was stopped.

Set-pieces caused defensive issues for the visitors all evening, with Brady's whipped deliveries creating Ireland's best opportunities to score.

But Danny Blind's team, who did not qualify for Euro 2016, scored a late equaliser when Luuk de Jong found space in the box to nod in a fine Jetro Willems cross.

Long's work-rate and knack for a key goal - his 16th for his country - looks to have sealed his place up front for Ireland in place of the country's record goalscorer Robbie Keane.

Netherlands dominated possession in the early exchanges, but Harry Arter's deflected shot forced Jasper Cillessen into the first save of the game after 17 minutes. 

And just before the half-hour mark, Ireland showed off their set-piece prowess with a scrappy opening goal.
O'Shea's powerful header was blocked on the line, but Long was on hand to bundle in from close range.

Netherlands reacted well and Quincy Promes went close to scoring the equaliser after 38 minutes, but he could not stretch enough to get the vital touch on a Memphis Depay cross.

Another dangerous Brady set-piece caused mayhem in the Netherlands box shortly after half-time, but Jon Walters' header was comfortably saved by Cillessen.

Shane Duffy then headed a Brady corner over the crossbar after beating Jeffrey Bruma in the air, before Netherlands debutant Steven Berghuis hit a free-kick narrowly off-target.

Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph was called into meaningful action for the first time after 68 minutes, bending to save a header by Vincent Janssen, who should have done better.

Substitute Bas Dost got above O'Shea after 77 minutes, but headed wide of Randolph's near post as Netherlands briefly threatened and the hosts looked uncomfortable at the back.

The relentless Brady teed up Duffy again, but the centre-back could only put his header wide of the post and that miss proved costly as Netherlands equalised with five minutes to go.

Willems' cross was perfectly placed and De Jong lost Duffy in the box to head home past the helpless Randolph. Eunan O'Kane almost forced in a late winner, only to be denied by Cillessen. 

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email:

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos

Top Articles

1 Breaking News Ghana's President orders for the arrest of Kwesi Nyantakyibullet
2 GFA Here is why the President ordered the arrest of Kwesi Nyantakyibullet
3 Anas Exposé 6 photos of Countryman Songo that could be his perfect...bullet
4 GFA Here’s how much jail term Kwesi Nyantakyi could get for...bullet
5 Number 12 CID picks up Nyantakyi at the Kotoko International Airportbullet
6 Ghana Football Association John Mahama prevented us from...bullet
7 GFA President Five key facts about Kwesi Nyantakyi’s arrest...bullet
8 Anas Exposé Nyantakyi confirms he will return to Ghana to...bullet
9 Anas exposé CID issues statement on Kwesi Nyantakyibullet
10 Arrest Order FIFA can't jump into Kwesi Nyantakyi's...bullet

Top Videos

1 Video Watch how Essien and his Chelsea legends suffered 4-1 defeatbullet
2 Watch how Ghanaian youngster tore Barca's unbeaten run apartbullet
3 Video Watch the highlights of new Black Stars wonder kidbullet
4 The Real News with Akrobeto goes International, shows on Real...bullet
5 Didier Drogba Chelsea legend jams to Stonebwoy and Asamoah...bullet
6 Watch the six-goal thriller between Aduana Stars and Rajabullet
7 Video Watch highlights and goals of Black Stars new sensationbullet
8 Long Shot Michael Essien's favourite goal for Chelseabullet
9 New Club Gideon Baah's interview after completing move...bullet
10 Video Watch how Kotoko defeated Dwarfs 2-1bullet