• The Republic of Ireland have been drawn against Bosnia in the play-offs
  • Martin O’Neill’s side finished third in Group D behind Germany and Poland 
  • Elsewhere, Ukraine take on Slovenia while Sweden face Denmark
  • In the final tie of the play-offs Norway come up against Hungary 

Daniel Prescott For Mailonline

The Republic of Ireland will have to overcome a tricky play-off draw against Bosnia if they are to reach next summer’s European Championship in France.

Martin O’Neill’s side came up short in a tough Group D, finishing second behind Germany and Poland to finish third, three points ahead of Scotland.

Ireland, who are away for the first leg, have only played Bosnia once in their history, a 1-0 friendly victory, with striker Shane Long notching the only goal of the game back in 2012.

Robbie Keane and his Republic of Ireland team-mate will have to get past Bosnia if they’re to reach Euro 2016

Martin O'Neill's side came up short in a tough Group D, finishing behind Germany and Poland to finish third

Martin O’Neill’s side came up short in a tough Group D, finishing behind Germany and Poland to finish third

Elsewhere, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his Sweden team-mates will have to overcome rivals Denmark if they’re to book their place at Euro 2016. 

Sweden finished behind both Russia and Austria in Group G but have home advantage over their neighbours.

The final two play-off fixtures, which will take place next month, see Ukraine take on Slovenia while Norway come up against Hungary. 


Ukraine v Slovenia

Sweden v Denmark

Bosnia v Republic of Ireland

Norway v Hungary

First leg ties to be played 12th, 13th and 14th

Second leg to be played 15th, 16th and 17th

Ukraine coach Olexandr Zavaroz was pleased with the fixture, saying:  ‘It is a fine draw for us, we can be happy with that. It would be important to get some advantage in the home leg before heading to Slovenia. 

‘And it is also important to avoid any underestimation of Slovenia, which was probably the case in the past. Our players have to approach these games with the utmost responsibility.’

First leg ties will take place during November’s international break, beginning on the 12th, 13th and 14th.

While, the completion of the qualifying campaign will end on the 15th, 16th and 17th. 

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be up against rivals Denmark in their Euro 2016 play-off qualifier

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be up against rivals Denmark in their Euro 2016 play-off qualifier



Syria’s withdrawal from qualification led to a play-off with Spain after both sides had won their respective home fixtures. Jose Ufarte’s first international goal for the Spaniards was enough to seal a 1-0 win in Paris, booking their place at the tournament in England.


Another chance to feature in England was missed when Jack Charlton’s side lost 2-0 to Holland at Anfield. A budding young striker by the name of Patrick Kluivert scored both goals as the Dutch progressed and Charlton’s reign as Ireland boss drew to a close.


Denis Irwin’s early strike in the home leg was cancelled out by Luc Nilis as the Belgians took a 1-1 draw back to Brussels.

There, goals from Luis Oliviera and Nilis were too much for Ireland who succumbed to a 2-1 defeat with Ray Houghton’s goal coming in vain as substitute David Connolly was sent off late on.


Away goals would be the undoing of Mick McCarthy’s side this time around as Tayfur Havutcu’s late penalty at Landsdowne Road drew Turkey level after Robbie Keane had opened the scoring.

Against a background of anger and recriminations over the training facilities afforded to the respective teams, the second leg in Bursa ended 0-0 to send Turkey on to Belgium and Holland for the finals.


Only a superior goal difference saw Portugal top their qualifying group ahead of Ireland, who were plunged into the play-offs again despite taking four points off Holland.

Iran were their opponents and they finally ended years of hurt as Ian Harte and Keane struck to give McCarthy’s men a 2-0 lead to take to Tehran. With skipper Roy Keane missing from the squad. Ireland endured a tense night but Yahya Golmohammadi’s stoppage-time strike was not enough to deny the visitors their place in Japan and South Korea.


Unquestionably the most memorable of Ireland’s long history of play-off disappointments.

Giovanni Trapattoni’s side lost 1-0 at home but drew level in the Stade de France courtesy of Keane, only to see William Gallas score a controversial extra-time winner.

Thierry Henry provided the cross for his compatriot but had controlled the ball with his hand before doing so. The offence went unseen by the officials and it was enough for France to qualify for South Africa, leaving the Irish at home once more.


Unlike in previous years, Ireland all but sewed up qualification in the opening leg – this time winning 4-0 against nine men in Tallinn.

Keith Andrews and Jonathan Walters struck for Trapattoni’s side before Keane bagged a brace meaning the 1-1 draw at the Aviva Stadium in the return leg was more than enough for them to reach the finals in Poland and Ukraine.


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