Monday,
25 September 2017
Our Community

World Cup play-off draw: Republic of Ireland to play France

Ukraine will travel to...

The Republic of Ireland`s hopes of making the World Cup finals suffered a blow after they were drawn against France in the play-offs, according to Telegraph.co.uk.

To make matter more difficult for Giovanni Trapattoni`s Irish side, France will also have the advantage of playing the second leg of the play-offs at home.

Irish fans were hoping to draw Greece but instead Ukraine will travel to Athens for the first leg. Portugal will play Bosnia-Herzegovina while Russia take on Slovenia

Trapattoni had criticised FIFA for seeding the play-offs - Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine and Slovenia were all unseeded meaning they could not play each other.

Kevin Kilbane said Ireland were full of confidence ahead of today`s draw for the World Cup qualification play-offs. He said: "We are confident of beating anyone over two legs."

Fifa have been strongly criticised over the decision to seed the play-offs, which has been perceived as a clear attempt to ease the qualification of `big` teams like France and Portugal.

Trapattoni described the seeding system as the "death of football", while Republic goalkeeper Shay Given branded them "disgusting" and "totally unfair on the smaller nations".

If you notice a spelling error, please highlight it with your mouse and press Ctrl+Enter
Read also
loading...

Do you like the new site?
Leave your opinion