Euro 2020 Republic of Ireland player ratings v Switzerland (1-1)

Thu, Sep 05 2019

Shane Duffy led from the back for Ireland. Credit: Michael P Ryan (ETPhotos)

Dave Donnelly reports from the Aviva Stadium

A late equaliser from David McGoldrick kept Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualification chances on course as Mick McCarthy’s side remain unbeaten in the group and top with 11 points from five games.

Darren Randolph: 6

Another solid performance from Ireland’s number one, and there was nothing he could have done about Schar’s goal. Never looked rattled on the rare occasions the Swiss got through and did brilliantly to deny Seferovic in the first half, as he wasn’t to know it was offside.

Seamus Coleman: 6

Solid performance from the captain with little protection down the right side from Robinson. Began to show more in attack when Stevens dropped into the back three and had some good moments of link-up play with Judge when he came on.

Shane Duffy: 8

Once again, the big Derryman was Ireland’s star performer and he led by example with a big personal performance. Put his body on the line time and again and put a big block in to deny Seferovic after the defence had been opened up in the first half. Set-piece delivery wasn’t good enough to make better use of his aerial threat in the box.

Richard Keogh: 6

Tidy performance from the Derby County captain, particularly when the Swiss put the squeeze on in the second half. Mopped up well and generally distributed the ball well when called upon.

Enda Stevens: 3

Poor in possession all evening, bad mistake to let Mbabu in after the break, requiring Coleman to make a brilliant covering header. Will have better games in green, though his tentativeness must be viewed within the context of his needless early yellow for a high boot on Mbabu.

Glenn Whelan: 7

Rattled the crossbar with a brilliant effort in the lead-up to the equaliser, and provided solidity in front of the defence during the first hour when the Swiss created relatively little despite their numerical advantage. Kept going until the end and was a calm head as Ireland frantically attacked late on.

Conor Hourihane: 5

Good performance in the first half and put in one lovely floated free kick that should have been attacked better in the dying moments of the first half, but his set-piece delivery is his stock and trade and he didn’t offer enough on that front.

Jeff Hendrick: 4

Was Ireland’s main attacking threat in the first half, and a nice bit of footwork to release McClean should have resulted in better than the winger managed, but didn’t show enough desire to track Schar for the Swiss goal and paid the price.

Callum Robinson: 5

Energetic performance from the Sheffield United striker, who didn’t really get a chance to build on his first Premier League goal last weekend as Ireland struggled to get him into the game. Isolated when Ireland went with two out of top and his replacement, Judge, outshone him.

James McClean: 5

The enigma that is McClean was poor in possession all night, selfish at times when the pass was on and caught upfield on several occasions, but his desire to get back and atone for his errors endears him to fans, and he set up the equaliser with the help of a charitable deflection.

David McGoldrick: 8

Ran himself into the ground as per usual and was rewarded with his first international goal, right when Ireland and Mick McCarthy needed him most. Dropped too deep at times to link up play and left Ireland without a threat in the box, but was deservedly given a standing ovation following another momentous shift.

Subs:

Alan Judge: 6

Did brilliantly to head off the line as Rodriguez set to turn Embolo’s cross home when Ireland exposed in the second half, and generally put himself about with rigour, and was unfortunate to be booked for an innocuous-looking tackle, having been warned earlier for a professional foul.

Scott Hogan (83): 5

Did what was required when brought on with Ireland in search of an equaliser and provided more of a physical presence than Robinson had.

Alan Browne (90+2): n/a

Not on long enough to rate.