Republic of Ireland striker Amber Barrett lamented the 1-1 draw in Greece as a case of 'two points dropped' in the team's quest to reach a first ever major championship. 

The Donegal-born striker - who left Peamount United for FC Koln in the summer - put the visitors ahead after 12 minutes, deftly lobbing the ball over Greek keeper Papakonstantinou.

However, Ireland subsequently wasted chances to add to that lead and gradually retreated into their shell, eventually suffering a late sucker punch when Anastasia Spyridonidou volleyed home in injury-time. 

Speaking to RTÉ Sport's Tony O'Donoghue after the game, Barrett wasn't inclined to bask in the glow of scoring her second goal for her country and rued that the team 'switched off' after going in front.

"We needed a good start and we got it. But I think we switched off after it. I'm just a wee bit disappointed now. Obviously, it's always an honour to score for your country but you want to be on the right side of the result. 

"I know we didn't lose but it's definitely two points dropped today.

"It's different when you're playing in Ireland or playing for your clubs. You miss a couple of chances and you won't always get punished. When you're playing international football you cannot afford to miss as many chances as we did today. 

"Against the likes of Ukraine and Germany, we'll be punished even further. Greece got one at the end that if we had taken our chances at the other end, maybe they wouldn't have."

With Germany held as a virtual shoo-in for top spot in Group I, the draw dents Ireland's chances of claiming one of the three automatic qualifying spots reserved for the best runners-up.

Indeed, Vera Pauw's team remain in a three-way battle for second place in the group with Ukraine and Greece. 

Barrett concluded: "We're not dead and buried. It's just a little bump in the road that we didn't expect.  But at the same time, Germany struggled here for the first 35-40 minutes of their game.

"Hopefully, after Christmas, we have to get as much support behind us as possible. There's a long way to go and we'll be there."