The Republic of Ireland’s John O’Shea celebrates scoring the dramatic equaliser against Germany  in injury time. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Last-gasp equaliser a fitting reward for a determined display from O’Neill’s men

Bastian Schweinsteiger is sorely missed from the German engine room while Jonathan Walters could have a key role to play for Ireland tonight. Photograph:  Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images.

‘Forget about nil-all. We must score to get a result in Gelsenkirchen’

Robbie Keane  congratulates Wes Hoolahan  on scoring the Republic of Ireland’s   seventh goal against Gibraltar. Hoolahan pressed his claims for a starting place with an eye-catching display. Photo: Ian Walton/Getty

Ireland were professional and efficient against the minnows and Wes Hoolahan took the opportunity to press his claims for a starti(...)

Gibraltar manager Allen Bula on his way to training at the Aviva Stadium yesterday afternoon. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

Dublin launch inappropriate and unfair on O’Neill and his team ahead of Gibraltar game

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill knows how to bring the best out of John O’Shea. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

This looked like a proper Republic of Ireland side sent out by people who know what Irish football is about

Ireland’s Shane Long  celebrates his late strike against Latvia.

Playing Robbie Keane as the lone striker has rarely worked

 John O’Shea, James McClean, Séamus Coleman  and Robbie Keane celebrate after Keane’s goal for the Republic of Ireland in last night’s friendly international against Latvia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

But O’Neill and Keane would have taken satisfaction from all the little things done right

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill with assistant Roy Keane during last night’s training session at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Enjoy the trip lads, here’s looking forward to seeing you guide us on an epic journey

The Dream Team: Martin O’Neill greets Roy Keane during their Premier League days in 2008.

You have to bite your lip at times, something Martin O’Neill’s assistant may find difficult

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