Ireland v Germany ratings

SoccerBy John Brennan
Shane Long's winner was a sensational strike
Shane Long's winner was a sensational strike

Ireland pulled off a famous win against world champions Germany in their crucual Euro 2016 qualifier and here is how re rated our heroes in green.

Shay Given- Struggled to direct his kick-outs to Irish players. Maybe that knee was bothering him all the time. 6

Cyrus Christie- Up against in at times as the opposition targeted his inexperience. Seamus Coleman will be welcomed back for Sunday. 6

John O'Shea- The Sunderland man was solid all through, just as he has been in every game of the campaign so far. 8

Richard Keogh- A few nervy clearances from the centre-half were understandable as Keogh was pitched into this massive match. 6

Stephen Ward- A shock choice in the Irish defence, and Germany went after the Burnley left-back for the whole game, but he stood firm. 7

James McCarthy- Everton and Ireland's midfielder put himself about a bit as he sought to halt Germany's advances.7

Jeff Hendrick- Beginning to blossom as an international footballer, Hendrick is certainly a building block for the future. 7

Robbie Brady- Worked hard for the whole game up and down the wing. Sacrificed a bit going forward for his defensive duties. 8

Wes Hoolahan- The one Irish player who, for touch and technique, would have been at home on the German team. 9

Daryl Murphy- Asked to move between a lone attacker and playing wide in midfield and did the job as best he could. 7

Jon Walters- Another immense shift from the Stoke player who worked hard all night for little reward in the way of a decent pass. 8

Subs- Darren Randolph- Two great saves when pressed into service in the second half 7

Shane Long- A goal that everyone will remember forever. What a finish past the best goalkeeper in the world. 8