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Scotland's Maloney frustrates Ireland again

Scotland's midfielder Shaun Maloney applauds supporters after the Euro 2016 qualifier, Group D football match between Scotland and Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park in Glasgow November 14, 2014Shaun Maloney was the Republic of Ireland’s nemesis once more as Scotland delivered a massive blow to their hosts’ Euro 2016 qualification hopes with a 1-1 draw at Lansdowne Road on Saturday. The Chicago Fire midfielder scored the only goal when the sides met in Glasgow in November and it was his second-half strike that took a massive deflection off Ireland skipper John O’Shea to cancel out Jon Walters’ first-half goal. The result leaves Ireland five points behind Group D leaders Poland in fourth place, but the point will be welcomed by Gordon Strachan’s men, who knew avoiding defeat would make Ireland’s task of going to France next summer incredibly difficult.

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