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Ireland reaches Euro 2016 with 2-0 win over Bosnia

Walters scores twice as Ireland reaches Euro 2016 with 2-0 playoff win over Bosnia-Herzegovina

Ireland reaches Euro 2016 with 2-0 win over Bosnia

DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland qualified for next year's European Championship on Monday as Jonathan Walters returned from suspension to score both goals in a 2-0 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina and secure a 3-1 aggregate win in their playoff.

Walters converted a penalty in the 24th minute after Ervin Zukanovic was harshly adjudged to have handled Daryl Murphy's cross.

The Stoke forward all but confirmed Ireland's ticket to France with his second goal 20 minutes from full time to set off celebrations at the Aviva Stadium.

It will be Ireland's second consecutive European Championship, while Bosnia also lost in the playoffs in 2012.

There was a minute of silence before the match in honor of the 129 people killed and 350 wounded in Friday's attacks in Paris.

Updated : 2021-09-24 23:56 GMT+08:00