MX23RW : Wednesday, June 16 14:41:02| >> :600:519822:519822:
Sep 5, 2019 at 7.45pm UK at Aviva Stadium
Rep. IrelandRepublic of Ireland
1-1
SwitzerlandSwitzerland
FT(HT: 0-0)
Schar (74')

Mick McCarthy heaps praise on "brilliant" Ireland after late Switzerland draw

Mick McCarthy heaps praise on
© Reuters
David McGoldrick struck late for the hosts in Dublin.

Mick McCarthy was reminded of reaching the World Cup as the Republic of Ireland fought back to snatch a Euro 2020 qualifying draw with Switzerland.

McCarthy, who went to Italy in 1990 as a player under Jack Charlton and was in charge when Ireland made it to the Far East 12 years later, experienced a similar elation when David McGoldrick struck late to grab a point from a 1-1 draw in Dublin on Thursday night.

He said: "The atmosphere was fabulous. When the goal went in, it was like the days of old, Jack's days, my days in qualifying for the World Cup.

"The atmosphere was fabulous and I'd like to thank the fans for that."

Ireland remain unbeaten and top of Group D with 11 points, three clear of Denmark, who have played a game fewer, and six better off than the Swiss who have two in hand.

However, they will head into next month's on-the-road double-header in Georgia and Switzerland buoyed by the point they claimed courtesy of McGoldrick's first senior international goal.

It came five minutes from time and cancelled out Fabian Schar's beautifully-taken 74th-minute opener, and it proved all the more valuable as the Republic were largely out-played by a side ranked 11th in the world.

Asked what had pleased him the most, McCarthy said: "The equaliser. Not to be funny with you, obviously that, the nature of how we got that equaliser, going 1-0 down like we did in Denmark.

Fabian Schar put Switzerland ahead
Fabian Schar put Switzerland ahead (Brian Lawless/PA)

"The stoic nature of the players, the durability of them to keep going. They gave me everything, they are brilliant.

"We're not the best team in the group, but I tell you what, you're going to have to pull us down before we give up. That's a lovely trait.

"My teams I've played in and managed, that's always been a wonderful trait."

Vladimir Petkovic's men will welcome Ireland to Geneva next month intent on making them pay for their near miss, and McCarthy knows that could prove intensely difficult.

He said: "Well, we may have to circle the wagons over there a bit. If they play a lot better in Switzerland than they did here today, then we'll have our work cut out."

Petkovic was disappointed to be leaving with just a point, but remains confident that qualification remains in his side's own hands ahead of Sunday's clash with group minnows Gibraltar.

He said: "Ireland need to come to Switzerland to win and we still have all chances to qualify for the Euros. Today we saw there is no easy opponent and we need to stay focused and remain hungry ahead of Gibraltar.

"There were two points lost today, unfortunately. A win meant we would have been 50 per cent qualified, but we still have a game in hand and we have two delicate away games out of the way and four points is a good return."

ID:370524: cacheID:370524:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:6626:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy pictured on March 22, 2019
Read Next:
Ireland vs. Switzerland: Five talking points ahead of Euro 2020 qualifier
>

rhs 2.0
Euro 2020 fixtures
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
 
5pm
Thursday, June 17, 2021
 
5pm
Friday, June 18, 2021
 
2pm
Saturday, June 19, 2021
 
2pm
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City38275683325186
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd382111673442974
3Liverpool38209968422669
4Chelsea381910958362267
5Leicester CityLeicester382061268501866
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham381981162471565
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs381881268452362
8Arsenal381871355391661
9Leeds UnitedLeeds38185156254859
10Everton38178134748-159
11Aston Villa38167155546955
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174662-1645
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38129173652-1645
14Crystal Palace38128184166-2544
15Southampton38127194768-2143
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914154046-641
17Burnley38109193355-2239
RFulham38513202753-2628
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38511223576-4126
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3872292063-4323

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!