Sunday 4 December 2016

Republic of Ireland v Belgium - past meetings

Published 17/06/2016 | 14:31

Denis Irwin curls the ball over the Belgium wall to give the Republic of Ireland the lead in the World Cup play-off
Denis Irwin curls the ball over the Belgium wall to give the Republic of Ireland the lead in the World Cup play-off

The Republic of Ireland and Belgium will meet for the eighth time in competitive matches when they line up in Saturday afternoon's Euro 2016 clash in Bordeaux.

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Here, Press Association Sport takes a look back at some of their more memorable encounters.

Republic of Ireland 4 Belgium 4 (World Cup qualifier, February 25, 1934)

In a remarkable game at Dalymount Park, Paddy Moore scored all four of Ireland's goals as they came back from 2-0, 3-1 and 4-3 down to snatch a draw courtesy of his 75th-minute equaliser.

Belgium 1 Republic of Ireland 0 (World Cup qualifier, March 25, 1981)

Eoin Hand's Republic side came within two minutes of a point in Brussels when Jan Ceulemans snatched victory with an 88th-minute strike to leave them empty-handed.

Belgium 2 Republic of Ireland 2 (European Championship qualifier, September 10, 1986)

Liam Brady's last-gasp penalty at the Heysel Stadium rescued a point for the visitors after Frank Stapleton had cancelled out Nico Claesen's opener only for Scifo to restore the lead 19 minutes from time.

Republic of Ireland 1 Belgium 1 (World Cup play-off first leg, October 29, 1997)

Denis Irwin's seventh-minute free-kick got Ireland off to the perfect start in Dublin, but Luc Nilis levelled before the break to give the Belgians the advantage of a precious away goal.

Belgium 2 Republic of Ireland 1 (World Cup play-off second leg, November 15, 1997)

Luis Oliveira set Belgium on their way in the return leg, but Ireland were back in it when Ray Houghton - so often the hero - equalised 13 minutes after the restart only for Nilis to win it in controversial style when referee Gunter Benko overturned a throw-in decision which left the visitors off guard.

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