Seamus Coleman condemns Republic of Ireland’s ‘embarrassing’ defeat


Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 home defeat to football minnows Luxembourg was “embarrassing”, captain Seamus Coleman has said, on a night that saw the country’s hopes of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup dealt a huge blow.

The hosts’ shock defeat to the side ranked 98th in the world left Ireland bottom of Group A after losses in each of their opening two games.

“It’s a horrible night, an embarrassing night for us as international players,” Coleman told Sky Sports after the match.

“It is what it is. We got beaten 1-0 at home to Luxembourg. That’s no disrespect to Luxembourg. They improved obviously.

“Did we expect to win? I don’t know as players if that was their mindset. It certainly wasn’t my mindset but we got turned over and as players we’ve got to weather the storm now.

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