Ireland’s Shane Long celebrates with Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan at the end of the game. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

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Shane Long scores the winning goal for the Republic of Ireland in the Group D Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho 4:40

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Germany coach Joachim Löw looks on during a training session at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin ahead of the Euro 2016 quaifier against the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images.

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Eunan O’Kane, John O’Shea and Stephen Ward during Ireland squad training  at the  FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

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  Alexis Sanchez  scores his second and Arsenal’s third goal during the  Premier League match against Leicester City  at The King Power Stadium. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

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Russell Martin celebrates after  scoring  Norwich’s equaliser in the premier league game against Liverpool at Anfield. Photograph:   Phil Noble/Reuters/Livepic

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Referee Istvan Vad issues a yellow card to Republic of Ireland’s James McClean for a challenge on Georgia’s Giorgi Papunashvili  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill celebrates his team’s victory over Georgia. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

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Republic of Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan  beats Ucha Lobjanidze of Georgia to the ball during the  Euro 2016 Group D qualifying match  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

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 Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters after scoring in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Donall Farmer/Inpho

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