Video: BBC reporter mobbed by euphoric Irish fans outside the Aviva Stadium
BBC reporter Thomas Kane managed to stay brilliantly composed as excited Ireland fans added to his live broadcast outside the Aviva Stadium.
Six years is a long time to wait for the capriciousness of refereeing decisions to even out but it was worth it for the Republic of Ireland tonight.
It may be of little consolation to those players denied a place at the 2010 World Cup by the official’s failure to spot Thierry Henry’s infamous handball in the Paris play-off, but fortune finally favoured the Irish.
This time the handball, midway through the first half by Bosnia’s Ervin Zukanovic, looked accidental, but a sharp-eyed Dutch referee thought otherwise.
Jonathan Walters despatched the spot-kick putting Ireland 2-1 ahead on aggregate in this Euro 2016 play-off tie. This remained, however, a slim advantage and it was not until Walters struck again with 20 minutes left that a jubilant nation could begin to plan their celebrations.
Kane was trying to explain the delight the result created but he has a few dozen Irish fans to do it for him.