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Here’s how we rated the Irish players in tonight’s Euro 2016 play-off

The Boys in Green have qualified thanks to a 2-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Darren Randolph 8 - IRELAND’S GOALKEEPER WASN’T worked too hard on the night, but looked super confident on the few occasions he was called upon.

Seamus Coleman 7 - Didn’t give his man a yard and Coleman was excellent defensively, even if he didn’t get forward very often.

Richard Keogh 8 - Keogh tended to pick up Dzeko and didn’t put a foot wrong while keeping the Bosnian captain under wraps.

Ciaran Clark 8 – Another excellent performance from the Aston Villa man, who came up with a number of timely clearances and interceptions.

Robbie Brady 9 - Friday’s hero was moved to left-back but got forward regularly and was one of our biggest attacking threats. His set-piece deliveries were hit and miss but he did send a super free-kick for Ireland’s second.

Glenn Whelan 7 – Alongside McCarthy, Whelan acted as a shield in front of the Ireland defence. Taken off just before full-time.

James McCarthy 7 – Plenty of bite from the Everton man, who got stuck in from the very first minute in defensive midfield.

Jeff Hendrick 7 – He and Walters were interchangeable and Hendrick was involved in some good link-up play, before rolling up his sleeves to help keep hold of the lead in latter stages.

Jon Walters 9 - Back in the team after suspension, Walters drove the team on with his exemplary never-say-die attitude. One of our most consistent performers in the campaign and thoroughly-deserved his two goals.

Wes Hoolahan 7 – Some beautiful touches playing little triangles with Brady and Hendrick early on but taken off after 54 minutes.

Daryl Murphy 7 – The Ipswich Town striker held up the ball better than he has done in recent Ireland appearances before being substituted early in the second half.

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James McClean 6 - The West Brom winger put himself about, as he always does, but was a bit loose with possession.

Shane Long 7 – Stretched the Bosnian backline late on and had a great chance to score.

John O’Shea – Not on long enough.

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