Long's Republic of Ireland held by Bulgaria

By SFC Media time Thu 03 Sep International
Photo by Getty Images | Shane Long

Stephen Kenny's first game in charge of Republic of Ireland ended with a 1-1 draw in Sofia, as the visitors left it late to rescue a point from the UEFA Nations League encounter.

Southampton’s Shane Long was introduced for the final 10 minutes, with Ireland looking for a late equaliser following Bozhidar Kraev’s opener.

A deserved point was secured in the 91st minute when Shane Duffy converted, ensuring their Group Four encounter in League B would end with the spoils shared.

Kenny’s side will now prepare to host Finland on Sunday.

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