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REACTION: Republic of Ireland draw with Qatar

Qatar may be the 2022 World Cup hosts but Stephen Kenny charged at the visitors like 1970s Brazil...

Qatar may be the 2022 World Cup hosts but Stephen Kenny charged at the visitors like 1970s Brazil opening the scoring early.

The team was strong on paper and that created an odd atmosphere on social media where many were wondering why this was not the team to play Luxembourg.

Although Luxembourg were beating Portugal at the same time Ireland were leading Qatar, Ronaldo not happy. Neither situation lasted very long.


The early success for Ireland led to gleeful scenes with everyone looking to rejoin the green bandwagon.

What was the key to Ireland's newfound success, there were some theories?


Most importantly though, nobody got too carried away with a performance against a poor team.

Energy is good...

However, defending is still an issue. Qatar leveled in the opening moments of the second half.

Time to pay the visitors some respect, they have come a long way.

The second worst thing to happen in the second half appeared to be a Sky TV outage leaving several channels frozen.

The good news for those viewers was they missed very little.

Viewers anxiously refreshed LiveScore fully expecting a Qatari goal, but some cool heads prevailed to find a workaround.


As the county looks to exit lockdown, everyone is looking for signs that nature is healing and we are all getting back to normal. Ireland playing out 1-1 draws is surely part of that process.


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