Famous Republic of Ireland win over Germany was made in West Ham thanks to back-up goalkeeper

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When England beat Germany 4-2 in the 1966 World Cup final, they had a big helping hand from West Ham United.

And now the Republic of Ireland have secured their own famous victory over the reigning world champions, with the Hammers playing a key role yet again.

The man considered the world's best goalkeeper was on the pitch at the Aviva Stadium, in the shape of Manuel Neuer.

Three is the magic number for Randolph

But it was Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph, the number two at West Ham, who was the talk of the Emerald Isle afterwards as his excellent bouncing ball sailed perfectly over the German defence to set Shane Long away for the winning goal.

It was a historic victory for the Republic as Martin O'Neill's side are now guaranteed of at least a play-off spot in Group D of the European Qualifiers, and can qualify automatically if they win in Poland on Sunday.

The assist from Randolph, in what was only his third cap, also threw up a bizarre fact as he became only the third 'keeper to set up a goal in Euro 2016 qualifying alongside Rui Patricio and Pyatov.

International celebration eases club frustrations

A night of glory comes at a welcome time for Randolph, who recently lost his place in the West Ham side to the club's number one Adrian.

After signing for the Hammers on a free transfer from Birmingham City in the summer, Randolph did not have to wait long for his Premier League chance.

His Spanish teammate was sent off in the second game of the season against Leicester City and banned for three games.

And although Randolph conceded four in a 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth on his home debut, he was not at fault for any of the goals and at times actually kept Slaven Bilic's side in the game.

He then featured in a historic 3-0 win over Liverpool and a 2-0 home win against Newcastle United, before losing his place to the returning Adrian.

Randolph was trusted to keep goal against the World Cup winners, though, and played a pivotal role in yet another historic win.

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