Long Gives Republic Victory

  • Last Updated: June 1 2012, 8:23 BST

Shane Long ensured the Republic of Ireland will head off on their Euro 2012 adventure on the back of a win with the only goal against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Shane Long heads home the only goal of the game

The West Brom striker's 78th-minute header was enough to claim victory in the Republic's final game on home soil before the finals.

Giovanni Trapattoni's men might have won more comfortably in front of a crowd of 37,100 with the post, the bar and the heroics of visiting goalkeeper Asmir Begovic denying them.

The win extended Ireland's unbeaten run to 13 games a day before they leave for their pre-tournament camp in Italy.

Trapattoni had chosen the Bosnians because he knew they would be technically adept and tactically astute, and would provide his side with exactly the sort of challenge they will face next month with Croatia, Spain and Italy between them and their dream of reaching the quarter-finals.

For long periods, Safet Susic's side retained the ball and passed it confidently with Miralem Pjanic and skipper Zvjezdan Misimovic running the game from central midfield and Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko keeping Richard Dunne on his toes throughout.

But Long's header was the difference between the sides.