Republic of Ireland 2 - 2 Bulgaria
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Following defeats to Portugal and Finland in their opening two games in Group 8, Ireland knew that they needed a comprehensive win here and results elsewhere to go their way if they were to qualify for the tournament next month.
But goals from substitute Rocco Vata and Sam Curtis were only enough to earn them a point as they had trailed by two goals at half-time thanks to a brace from Bulgaria’s Roberto Iliev Raychev.
The Irish team dominated for large spells of the first half but they paid the price for a lapse in concentration in the 13th minute when Raychev raced onto a loose back pass before the attacker expertly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner.
And things got even worse for the Boys in Green shortly before the break when Raychev notched his and his side’s second of the game when his perfectly timed run from the right allowed him to hammer home a cross pulled back from the left.
Head Coach Colin O’Brien made a couple of alterations to his side during the interval and it paid dividends just past the hour mark when the recently introduced Rocco Vata powered his header past goalkeeper Aleks Anastasov Bozhev from close-range.
Ireland continued to pile players forward in their numbers and they deservedly grabbed an equaliser in the 75th minute when Sam Curtis drilled his shot past the keeper at his back post.
Ireland battled until the very end as they went in search of a winner but ultimately it just wasn’t to be their day or their tournament.
Republic of Ireland: Doherty; Savshak (Vata 46), Heffernan, Curtis, Martin Sean McHale (O’Brien 59); Tetteh (Umeh 59), Ferizaj, McManus, Zefi; Bloxham, O’Mahony (McLoughlin 46).
Bulgaria: Bozhev; Atanasov, Georgiev, Marinov (Pavlov 70), Tsonev; Do (Chakarov 87), Stoyanov, Mitkov (Hadzha 80); Raychev (Vasilev 87), Kirev, Marinov.
Referee: Ion Orlic (Moldova).
Republic of Ireland
- 23 Ryan Delaney (G)
- 3 Luke O'Brien
- 10 Rocco Vata
- 11 Franco Umeh
- 12 Daniel Mc Hale
- 15 Adam Murphy
- 17 Senan Mullen
- 18 Darius Lipsiuc
- 19 Caden Mc Loughlin
- 12 Velizar Iliev (G)
- 2 Slavi Chakarov
- 4 Simeon Vasilev
- 14 Konstantin Pavlov
- 15 Petar Gospodinov
- 16 Viktor Vasilev
- 17 Stefan Traykov
- 20 Nedzhib Hadzha
- 21 Alexander Petrov
- Referee Ion Orlic
- Assistant Referees Denis Oala
- UEFA Delegate Costas Kapitanis
- Assistant Referee Two Luciano Maia
- Fourth Official Cláudio Filipe Ruivo Pereira
- Referee Observer Costas Kapitanis
- Republic of Ireland
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