David McGoldrick pounced to secure Ireland a dramatic draw as the road to Euro 2020 remains alive.
Mick McCarthy’s side had trailed with 15 minutes to go and looked to be head for null points until McGoldrick jumped to grab a golden bar of Swiss chocolate.
Ireland have now collected 11 points from their opening five games, taking two points off their opponents for the top two places in group D.
Just 23 seconds were on the clock when the game’s first mistake was recorded. Switzerlands Ricardo Rodriguez sloppy ball giving away a first corner.
However it wasn’t a good omen for the hosts as the Swiss were quickest to settle and while not testing Darren Randolph the Swiss showed more purpose.
Switzerland pulled Ireland open down the centre as the hosts struggling to handle the player in the hole and the shape of the team ranked ninth in the world.
Good recovery from Shane Duffy on seven minute snuffed a chance, having missed Embolo’s cross with the head, flicking it away with his foot while on the ground.
Ireland though worked an opening on 13 minutes, Henderick combining with Robinson, who worked through to McClean only for his shot to be blocked.
The Stoke man bounced to his feet only for his turn and scuffed shot to trickles into the keeper Yann Sommer’s hand.
Enda Stevens yellow card for a high challenge on Kevin Mbabu see’s him miss Ireland’s next game.
Ireland had Shane Duffy to thank on 21 minutes with a big block and again on four minutes later, this time as he headed out a long throw-in, Zakaria’s volley shot wide of the mark.
Denis Zakaria was next to test the Irish goal, his 30 yard shot however didnt trouble Randolph.
Ireland worked hard to keep Switzerland out and 10 minutes from the break, showed that this side to have the ability to play creative football.
Good link up play down the right saw Henderick link with McClean and McGoldrick, the latter shot was tame and trickled into Sommer’s hands.
The second half saw more of the quality that Switzerland possessed
Ireland twice saved at the back post by Alan Judge and Seamus Coleman inside two minutes as Haris Seferovic back post cross twice nearly brought a goal.
Ireland however were under the rack and the eventual pressure told with 15 minutes remaining and to be fair it took a flowing move for the Swiss to open the scoring.
Embolo neat lay off for Schar who powerfully side foot into the bottom corner giving Darren Randolph no chance.
Ireland however showed the resilience that as Captain Mick McCarthy spurned into this side and as manager once before had brought a nation to their feet.
Stevens and McClean pressured on the left side Jeff Henderick coming close to equalising on 80 minutes.
The equaliser surprisingly arrive on 85 minutes, first it was the warhorse Glenn Whelan who smashed an effort off the bar.
McClean and Stevens combined to retrieve a situation, Stevens cross took a deflection which looped into the centre for David McGoldrick to rise high and head past Sommer.
McGoldrick rescuing a point which looked out of hand but keeps Ireland’s Euro 2020 hopes very much alive.