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Aston Villa: Conor Hourihane helps Republic of Ireland earn a draw against Switzerland

Aston Villa: Conor Hourihane helps Republic of Ireland earn a draw against Switzerland

Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane helped Republic of Ireland to a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in Euro 2020 qualification.

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The 28-year-old played 82 minutes, coming off shortly before David McGoldrick’s late header cancelled out Fabian Schar’s strike, as shown in the highlights video on the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel.

This result means Mick McCarthy’s team remain top of their group while remaining unbeaten in qualifying, though both Denmark and Switzerland can go level on points with them if they win their games in hand.

Hourihane was deployed next to former Villa man Glenn Whelan at the base of Ireland’s midfield during his time on the pitch.

He made a defensive contribution by winning 2 aerial duels and 1 ground duel, as well as making 1 clearance and 2 interceptions, as per SofaScore.

The 28-year-old completed the 1 dribble he attempted, played 2 successful long balls and 76% of all the passes he attempted during the game.

He has once again shown that he can have an impact on the game both with and without the ball, while helping his country earn a point – having made 3 tackles, 4 clearances and 2 interceptions, while completing 1 key pass, 1 dribble and 88% of his passes against Tottenham Hotspur, as per WhoScored.

Hourihane has only played 19 minutes of Premier League football since featuring for the majority of the opening game of the season, as per WhoScored, so as well as being a good result for his country, getting minutes in against high-level opposition is also a positive for the Villa man.

He will now be hoping to get more substantial game time like this upon returning to Villa Park, following the friendly against Bulgaria.

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