Republic of Ireland 1-2 The Netherlands: Wout Weghorst winner piles further pressure on Stephen...
Wout Weghorst broke Irish hearts with the goal that almost certainly ends their hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2024 and piles more pressure on manager Stephen Kenny.
The former Manchester United striker, who struggled to impress during a loan spell at Old Trafford last season and now plays for Hoffenheim in Germany, climbed off the bench at the Aviva Stadium last night to complete Hollands comeback after Ireland had rocked Ronaldo Koemans side by taking an early lead.
It was Irelands fourth defeat in five games in Group B and means they now trail Holland and Greece by six points in the race to qualify behind runaway Group B leaders France. Their next games are against Greece and Gibraltar next month, but it already looks like a hopeless task after losing what was dubbed a must-win game.
Kenny had called on Ireland to produce the performance of their lives on a par with the famous 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Holland in Dublin 22 years ago this month, and his players didnt waste any time in rising to the challenge.