If a four nil defeat for NI in Manchester can be look upon as good performance, then the Republic’s one all draw in Tel Aviv, looks like carelessness. A win would have seen them capitalise on an earlier excellent draw in Paris and go top of their group. The 40,000 crowd were kept relatively quiet by a competent Irish performance until a lapse of concentration let Bnei Sakhnin Abbas Suan through in the last minute to snatch a draw. The after match party went on regardless.
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