Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has bemoaned the “embarrassing” performance which saw his side lose 1-0 to Luxembourg yesterday evening.
Having been drawn alongside Portugal and Serbia, Ireland faced an uphill battle to qualify for the World Cup as it was, but last night’s defeat may well have put an end to any hopes of Stephen Kenny’s men achieving it, despite it only being the second group game.
Luxembourg are 98th in the FIFA rankings at current, with a population eight times smaller than Ireland. There is absolutely no excuse to be losing a game like that, and captain Seamus Coleman knows it.
Speaking post-match, with emotions running high, Coleman branded the performance and the result “embarrassing”, insisting that the players need to have a good look at themselves after a performance so dreadful.
The player of the match accolade has never been more meaningless, but Ireland captain Seamus Coleman is as honest as always.
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) March 27, 2021
It’s an impassioned rant from Coleman, and one which is entirely justified. Ireland’s hopes of reaching the World Cup are in tatters, and they only have themselves to blame.