By Craig Hope for the Daily Mail
Published: 21:41 BST, 3 September 2020 | Updated: 22:09 BST, 3 September 2020
Shane Duffy cost Ireland a goal but then rescued a point in stoppage-time on Stephen Kenny's managerial bow.
The captain - who signed for Celtic this week - had endured a miserable night and was to blame in allowing Bozhidar Kraev the freedom of Ireland's penalty area to slot home the opening goal on 56 minutes.
But he redeemed himself when climbing highest to head a Robbie Brady corner into the bottom corner on 93 minutes.
Shane Duffy scored a dramatic late equaliser as Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 with Bulgaria
Duffy is congratulated by his team-mates after his late goal salvage a point for Ireland
The centre-back atoned for his part in Bulgaria's goal by finding the net himself late on
Bozhidar Kraev put Bulgaria ahead with a neat finish in the 56th minute of the game