De Jong denies Irish victory

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The Republic of Ireland impressed against the Netherlands on Friday night but had to settle for a 1-1 draw to kick off their preparations for Euro 2016.

  • Republic of Ireland 1 Netherlands 1
  • Long opens the scoring on 30 mins
  • Hosts continue to dominate
  • De Jong finds late equaliser
  • Dutch lucky to emerge with draw

Match Summary

Martin O'Neill's side looked the better team for much of the friendly encounter at the Aviva Stadium and they took the lead through Shane Long from a corner on 30 minutes.

The Oranje barely threatened on the night but they finally struck back five minutes from time as Luuk de Jong got o the end of Jetro Willems' cross to head home the equaliser to put a dampner on Ireland's positive performance.

Full Report

The hosts barely got a sniff at the ball in the opening stages as they were pinned back in their own half by Danny Blind's men, who probed but could not make an early breakthrough.

The first real chance of the game fell to Ireland, though, when space opened up for Harry Arter and he lined up a shot from outside the area that flew straight at visiting goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen on 17 minutes.

O'Neill's charges grew in confidence and they started to apply more pressure, their efforts being rewarded on the half-hour mark from a corner, which was headed towards goal by John O'Shea and cleared off the line, although Long was on hand to open the scoring on the rebound.

The Dutch looked to respond before the break but their final ball was disappointing, allowing the home defence to breathe easy on several occasions.

The Irish continued to cause problems in the second half, with Jonathan Walters sending his header straight at Cillessen from Robbie Brady's free-kick on 48 minutes, while Shane Duffy headed over from an unmarked position soon afterwards and then David McGoldrick sliced wide from another set-piece.

The Oranje finally created their first real chance of note on 69 minutes as Janssen forced Darren Randolph into a low but comfortable save with his header, while Bas Dost could not keep down a cross from Jetro Willems eight minutes later as the ball flew over the crossbar.

Ireland almost doubled their lead moments later as the visitors struggled to deal with another Brady free-kick, which was headed narrowly wide by Duffy.

But they were cruelly pegged back with five minutes remaining as De Jong found himself in space at the back post to head home a cross from Willems to equalise for the Netherlands.

Eunan O'Kane had a chance to restore the hosts' lead at the death after the ball fell kindly to him inside the penalty area, but his shot lacked power and was easily saved by Cillessen.

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