One night in Paris

by Neil Sherwin

The Republic of Ireland will play France in the World Cup playoffs with the first leg at home following this afternoon’s draw in Zurich.

Football - Republic of Ireland Press Conference

In the other three ties, Portugal face Bosnia, Greece go up against Ukraine, and Russia host Slovenia in the first leg.

As well as being a difficult tie in itself for Ireland, a trip to Paris for the second leg is not what manager Giovanni Trapattoni would have wanted, especially given that France scored in all of their group games.

Raymond Domenech’s side finished a point below Serbia in Group Seven, losing just one game in the process, though that is still one more defeat than Ireland.

The two sides met in the qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup, playing out a 0-0 draw in Paris, while a Thierry Henry strike was enough to give the French victory in Dublin in the return game.

The games will take place on November 14 and 18.

Meanwhile, bookmakers Paddy Power have installed France as red hot 1-3 favourites for the contest, with Ireland at 11-5 to qualify.

1 Response

  1. Adventsparky says:

    I foresee a 0-0 and a 1-0. It is written in the stars, we’re on our way to SA.

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