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How the Boys in Green rated in tonight's Euro 2016 qualifier win over Germany

Ireland defeated the world champions in front of a sell-out crowd at the Aviva Stadium.

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Shay Given – 6 The 39-year-old didn’t have much to do before he was forced off with a knee injury after just 41 minutes.

Cyrus Christie – 7 A solid display as Seamus Coleman’s replacement and the young full-back created a couple of chances on the few occasions he got forward.

John O’Shea – 7 The Ireland captain brilliantly threw his body in front of a goalbound effort by Gündogan in the first half and continued in that vein until the full-time whistle.

Richard Keogh – 7 Made a number of last-ditch tackles and was disciplined alongside O’Shea.

Stephen Ward – 6 Given the fact hasn’t played any club football all season, Ward performed well before he was withdrawn with an injury.

James McCarthy – 8 Played as the deepest-lying midfielder on the night and tasked with keeping Müller quiet. An excellent performance as he made a number of timely interceptions.

Jeff Hendrick – 7 The Dubliner pressed as often as possible and showed his fitness late on down in the German corner.

Robbie Brady – 7 We got to see the Norwich man in a more advanced role after his recent stint at full-back. And Brady did a fine job coming inside to help out the midfield.

Wes Hoolahan – 8 Hoolahan was superb — always looking to make something happen and working tirelessly off the ball.

Jon Walters – 8 Started like a house on fire, hurrying and hassling the German back-line, and never stopped running all night. The man has got some engine.

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Daryl Murphy – 6 O’Neill handed the Ipswich man the chance to impress, but he was unable to impose himself and lacked the pace to trouble the German backline on the counter-attack.


Darren Randolph – 7 West Ham’s back-up goalkeeper was thrown into the deep end on just his third senior appearance but did very well when called up on in the second half.

Shane Long – 8 A dream cameo. Came off the bench to score with a stunning finish past Neuer.

David Meyler – 6 Put himself about as Ireland hung on by a thread.

There are a couple of surprise selections in Martin O’Neill’s team for tonight’s Euro 2016 qualifier

As it happened: Republic of Ireland v Germany, Euro 2016 qualifier

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