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Republic of Ireland 2-2 Slovakia: Paul McShane own goal denies win for home side

Published 29/03/2016

Republic of Ireland's Shane Long celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game from the penalty spot during an International Friendly at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PA
Republic of Ireland's Shane Long celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game from the penalty spot during an International Friendly at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PA
Republic of Ireland's Paul McShane and Slovakia's Robert Vittek (centre) battle for the ball during an International Friendly at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PA
Republic of Ireland's Shane Long (right) is brought down by Slovakia's Martin Skrtel (left) to be awarded their second penalty of the game, during an International Friendly at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 29, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan tackles Slovakia's Marek Hamsik during an International Friendly at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 29, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Republic of Ireland's Shane Long celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game from the penalty spot with team-mate John O'Shea (left) during an International Friendly at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 29, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Republic of Ireland's James McClean celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game from the penalty spot goal of the game during an International Friendly at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 29, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Slovakia's Miroslav Stoch scores their first goal of the game during an International Friendly at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 29, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Slovakia's Dusan Svento tackles Republic of Ireland's James McCarthy during an International Friendly at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 29, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Republic of Ireland's James McClean and Slovakia's Jan Gregus (right) battle for the ball during an International Friendly at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 29, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Republic of Ireland's Eunan O'Kane (left) and Slovakia's Dusan Svento battle for the ball during an International Friendly at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 29, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
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Shane Long and James McClean both scored from the penalty spot as the Republic of Ireland played out a 2-2 draw with Slovakia.

On a night when Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot was carried off just 14 minutes into his second start for his country, Long cancelled out Miroslav Stoch's opener from the spot and McClean obliged from a second penalty two minutes later to make it 2-1.

However, Slovakia levelled in the final minute of the first half when defender Paul McShane deflected Peter Pekarik's cross past replacement keeper Darren Randolph.

Brady was handed a second chance from another free-kick 19 minutes from time and, although this time he did clear the wall, he also cleared the crossbar by some margin.

The excellent Hoolahan departed to warm applause from a crowd of 30,217 two minutes later when he was replaced by Aiden McGeady.

With both managers introducing a series of substitutes, the flow of the game was regularly interrupted and, although the two teams pushed for a winner, clear-cut chances were few and far between as time ran down.

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