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Result: Jonathan Walters fires the Republic of Ireland to Euro 2016

Jonathan Walters scores twice as the Republic of Ireland claim a 3-1 aggregate win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in their Euro 2016 playoff to book their place in France.

The Republic of Ireland have booked their spot at next summer's Euro 2016 tournament by claiming a 2-0 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina in the second leg of their playoff in Dublin.

Following a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the clash, Jonathan Walters scored twice at the Aviva Stadium to seal a 3-1 aggregate win to ensure Ireland's participation at a third European Championship in their history.

Jon Walters #14 of the Republic of Ireland celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier play off, second leg match between Republic of Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium on Novemb© Getty Images

The hosts made a strong start to the match and they worked the first opening when Robbie Brady's effort was turned behind at the near post by Asmir Begovic.

Ireland continued to press forward and they were given the chance to take the lead midway through the first half when a penalty was given after Daryl Murphy's cross had been handled inside the box by Ervin Zukanovic

Walters stepped up to take the spot kick and he made no mistake with a composed strike that he rolled into the bottom corner, with Begovic diving the wrong way.

Bosnia looked for an immediate response and Edin Dzeko rifled a low drive from outside the box into the side-netting, before Haris Medunjanin volleyed wide of Darren Randolph's goal.

Jon Walters of Republic of Ireland scores from the penalty spot during the Euro 2016 play-off second leg match between the Republic of Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Aviva Stadium on November 16, 2015© Getty Images

The Irish continued to pose a danger at the other end of the pitch and Begovic saw his weak clearance closed down Wes Hoolahan, but the midfielder was penalised for a handball with the goal at his mercy.

Ireland took their lead into the break, but it was Bosnia who began the second half on the front foot as Medujanin fired in a low drive that was comfortably held by Randolph.

However, the visitors failed to create any clear-cut chances and they fell further behind in the tie in the 70th minute as Walters was picked out by Brady's cross at the back post, before firing a strike past Begovic and into the far corner.

Within minutes Shane Long had the chance to seal the tie when he robbed Emir Spahic of possession and raced through on goal, before placing his attempt wide of the target.

However, the Irish would not be punished, as they held off a late surge from their opponents, which included Vedad Ibisevic crashing a volley against the bar, to see out the match and confirm their place among the finalists in France next summer.

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Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland (14) celebrates with Shane Long (9) as he scores their first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Irela
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