Belfast Telegraph

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

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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