Sunday, 10 June 2012

St Ledger scores as Ireland succumb to defeat

Sean St Ledger became the first Irishman to score in a major international tournament in a decade - and the first Leicester City player to score in a major European tournament - when his header drew the Republic of Ireland level against Croatia tonight.

The Leicester City defender netted just his third international goal when he evaded the Croatian defence to head home at the back post and put his country back into contention. Ireland had fallen to an early 1-goal deficit until St Ledger drew them level on 19 minutes.

However, Croatia proved the more able side as they scored twice again to earn a 3-1 victory over the Republic in the opening round of fixtures in Poland and Ukraine.

St Ledger's goal makes history as he becomes the first serving Leicester City player to score in either the UEFA European Championships or FIFA World Cup.
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