Republic's Euro hopes all but over after Dutch loss


Wout Weghorst of Netherlands scores his side's second goal during the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between Republic of Ireland and Netherlands at Dublin Arena on September 10, 2023 in Dublin, Ireland.

The Republic of Ireland's Euro 2024 qualification hopes are all but over after the Netherlands came from a goal down to edge an entertaining qualifier in Dublin.

Adam Idah gave the Republic a dream start with a fourth-minute penalty after Virgil van Dijk's handball.

But the Dutch hit back with a spot-kick of their own through Cody Gakpo.

Substitute Wout Weghorst's winner then condemned the Republic to a fourth defeat in five qualifiers.

It leaves manager Stephen Kenny's side six points adrift of the second-placed Dutch having played a game more, with a home match against Greece and a trip to Gibraltar in October up next.

And with a trip to the Netherlands to come in their final qualifier, Sunday's defeat in Dublin effectively seals the Republic's fate and heaps more pressure on Kenny after the Dubliner's failure to steer the team to Euro 2020 and last year's World Cup.

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