Brady admits he barely saw his goal amid Bosnian fog

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Brady scored Ireland's vital goal in Bosnia
Brady scored Ireland's vital goal in Bosnia

Robbie Brady admitted he could barely see his shot hit the back of the net as he scored the Republic of Ireland's vital away goal in the Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Brady's 82nd minute goal looked set to hand Ireland a famous away win, but Bosnia captain Edin Dzeko drew the tie level at 1-1 ahead of the second leg in Dublin on Monday night.

"I barely seen it myself," said Brady, as he scored a goal that was not initially picked up on TV cameras due to the descending fog.

"I pulled it inside and caught the goalie out near-post. I was happy with the goal and it's a shame we didn't hold off.

"Good result away from home and we'll take it back Monday and put in a better performance and hopefully push ourselves through."

Brady insisted the tie was far from over, even though Ireland are on the front foot heading into the second leg.

"They've got some good players that can hurt us," he added. "We need to play a bit better but we dug in and got a decent performance away from home," he added.

"We've got a big squad and we've got more than enough to push ourselves through.

Ireland boss Martin O'Neill insisted his side would not sit back and play for a 0-0 draw in the second leg in Dublin, even though that result would be enough to seal Euro 2016 qualification.

"The onus is on us now," said O'Neill. "We will have to try to win because I feel that Bosnia are capable of scoring a goal and therefore I think our mindset should be to try to win the game.

"I don't think we can sit - we were away tonight against a very good Bosnia side and obviously against the crowd, but we will attempt to attack more during the course of the second game.

"That would be our objective if we can. We have got an away goal, which helps, but that can be wiped out in any given minute.

"It was a tough game for us, really tough, but we fought very, very strongly in the game and we are still in the tie, so there's very much everything to play for."