David McGoldrick’s first international goal salvaged a point for the Republic of Ireland in their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland last night.
A crowd of 44,111 turned out at the Aviva Stadium as Mick McCarthy’s side looked to put themselves a step closer to participating at next summer’s tournament.
The Irish boss said before the game that he would be happy with a point, and his robust defensive set up made it very difficult for the visitors to break down.
However, the Swiss turned the screw after half time and eventually made the breakthrough on 74 minutes when Fabian Schar finished off an excellent move by beating Darren Randolph to find the net.
McCarthy’s side dug deep though and pulled themselves level with just five minutes remaining as James McClean’s cross was met by McGoldrick who headed home.
The result gives Ireland an excellent chance of progressing from Group D ahead of next month’s trip to Georgia and the return clash against the Swiss.