Martin O’Neill’s men looked to be heading towards a valiant 1-0 defeat after Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos finally broke the deadlock for the world champions in the 71st minute.
However, Sunderland centre-half O’Shea capped his 100th Ireland appearance with a late finish to secure a valuable point and leave the Boys in Green joint top of Group D.
And Manchester United skipper Rooney heaped praise on his former Red Devils team-mate after O’Shea scored his third international goal.
Delighted for John oshea celebrates 100 caps with a great goal. Well done mate
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) October 14, 2014
O’Neill paid tribute to his Ireland side after O’Shea’s stoppage-time strike extended preserved their three-game unbeaten run in Euro 2016 qualifying.
“We were backs to the wall in the first half,” O’Neill said.
“We had formulated a plan that we would try and thwart them as much as we can while at the same time, when we had the ball ourselves, try and manoeuvre it.
“We were unable to do that for periods in the first half, we seemed to be under pressure.
“We got through that time but it was a wee bit of a similar pattern in the second half when they scored.
“That changed the mindset of us to go and search for the equaliser. Even if we concede two, three, four, I don’t care, as long as we try and get something from the game.”
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