Ireland suffered the pain of penalty shootout defeat, crashing out of Euro 2020 contention in Bratislava as Slovakia beat Stephen Kenny's side 4-2 on spot kicks after extra-time.
There was little between the sides throughout, yet both teams had efforts cleared off the line in the second half as first Lukas Haraslin and then Conor Hourihane came close to breaking the deadlock.
And the two sides could not be separated after 120 minutes of play in the National Football Stadium as the inevitable penalty shoot-out followed.
But it was the home side who proved clinical in the shootout as they scored their opening four penalties, while Alan Browne and Matt Doherty both missed for Ireland.
Drama either side of the start of the game as it emerged just before kick-off that Adam Idah and Aaron Connolly were unavailable to feature having been deemed close contacts of a second backroom member to test positive for Covid-19, and as a result Kevin Long and Josh Cullen took their places on the bench.