Sports stars from at home and abroad salute Ireland on Twitter after Euro 2016 qualification
Published 16/11/2015 | 22:09
Jonathan Walters blasted the Republic of Ireland into the finals of Euro 2016 as his double ended Bosnia-Herzegovina's hopes of a trip to France next summer.
Six years to the week after Irish hearts were broken by the unseen Thierry Henry handball which cost them a place at the 2010 World Cup finals, the Republic benefited from an equally suspect decision against unfortunate defender Ervin Zukanovic which allowed Walters to open the scoring from the spot.
But the game remained in the balance until the Stoke frontman dispatched a volley past former team-mate Asmir Begovic 20 minutes from time to wrap up a 2-0 win on the night and a 3-1 aggregate victory.
Ireland will take part in a second successive European finals tournament having qualified via the play-offs, an achievement which will extend manager Martin O'Neill's existing contract and surely make the agreement of a longer-term deal which is understood to be on the table a formality.
Sports stars from at home and abroad have been reacting to Ireland magnificent win:
Well done the boys in green, think I will have a small glass to toast your success ha ha pic.twitter.com/86L06xmVTx— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) November 16, 2015
Why does France have to be next summer @paddyb_ireland we'll maybe make the next euros the Rio sun will have to do us lad!!— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) November 16, 2015
So happy for Martin O'Neill too. A genuinely lovely man.— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) November 16, 2015
I'd say Bill O'Herlihy and Johnny Lyons are raising a glass in the great studio in the sky. #IREvBOS— Roy Curtis (@RoyCurtis68) November 16, 2015
Delighted for Ireland & Walters but mainly for Martin O'Neil after the Sunderland job. Excellent managerial record over 25 years.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) November 16, 2015
Great to see these scenes in Ireland again! if the country was any good at all it would have a national holiday tomorrow— Noel Hunt (@boyhunt) November 16, 2015
What a party will be had!! Enjoy people— stephen hunt (@stephenhunt1010) November 16, 2015
Congratulations to the Irish. Euro's will be better for them in it. I'm almost sure I even saw Roy Keane smiling in the pitch afterwards.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) November 16, 2015
John Delaney will give it some lash tonight...— Aidan O Mahony (@GmailMahony) November 16, 2015
Well done to my old gaffer martin o Neil and his team Ireland— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) November 16, 2015
Well done to Martin o Neill and the Boys— Eoin Liston (@EoinListon) November 16, 2015
It's John Delaney I'm really delighted for... #IREvBOS— Tomás Quinn (@mossyquinn) November 16, 2015
A real team performance tonight well done to Martin O 'Neill and all the lads looking forward to France next summer #COYBIG— Johnny Murtagh (@JohnnyMurtagh) November 16, 2015