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Gallery: Dramatic scenes outside the stadium in Zenica ahead of Ireland's meeting with Bosnia

Published 13/11/2015 | 18:29

Bosnia fans outside the stadium before the match
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Bosnia fans outside the stadium before the match Reuters / Dado Ruvic Livepic

A boisterous Bosnia & Herzegovina crowd is making its way to the Bilino Polje Stadium in Zenica this evening.

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An estimated 880 Irish fans will join over 11,000 home fans in the arena when the Republic of Ireland attempt to get their Euro 2016 play-off off to the best possible start ahead of the return leg in the Aviva Stadium on Monday.

Visibility at the stadium for spectators and TV viewers may be affected as fans are setting off a lot of flares outside the venue.

This is how things look from inside the ground:

There is a heavy police presence surrounding the venue with qualification for next summer's tournament at stake.

Ireland legend Ray Houghton delivered his prediction on the game for Sky Sports with home fans making a lot of noise in the background.

"They are going to try and intimidate the Irish player but they are used to it," Houghton said.

Here is a selection of images from outside the ground:

Bosnia fans outside the stadium before the match
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Bosnia fans outside the stadium before the match Reuters / Dado Ruvic Livepic
Bosnia fans outside the stadium before the match Reuters / Dado Ruvic Livepic
Bosnia fans outside the stadium before the match Reuters / Dado Ruvic Livepic
13 November 2015; Republic of Ireland supporters Ann-Marie Brannigan, left, and Nikki Kavanagh, from Drogheda, Co. Louth, ahead of the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier Play-off, 1st Leg, Bosnia and Herzegovina v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Bilino Pole, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2015; Republic of Ireland supporters Ann-Marie Brannigan, left, and Nikki Kavanagh, from Drogheda, Co. Louth, ahead of the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier Play-off, 1st Leg, Bosnia and Herzegovina v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Bilino Pole, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2015; Supporters arrive ahead of the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier Play-off, 1st Leg, Bosnia and Herzegovina v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Bilino Pole, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2015; Republic of Ireland supporters Ann-Marie Brannigan, left, and Nikki Kavanagh, from Drogheda, Co. Louth, ahead of the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier Play-off, 1st Leg, Bosnia and Herzegovina v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Bilino Pole, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2015; Republic of Ireland supporters Sean O'Shaughnessy, left, and Ciaran Fadden, from Perrystown, Dublin, ahead of the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier Play-off, 1st Leg, Bosnia and Herzegovina v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Bilino Pole, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2015; Republic of Ireland supporters Philip Donnelly, left, with Adam and Michael McNamee, from Templeogue, Dublin, ahead of the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier Play-off, 1st Leg, Bosnia and Herzegovina v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Bilino Pole, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2015; Republic of Ireland supporters Philip Donnelly, left, with Adam and Michael McNamee, from Templeogue, Dublin, ahead of the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier Play-off, 1st Leg, Bosnia and Herzegovina v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Bilino Pole, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2015; Republic of Ireland supporters arrive ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier Play-off, 1st Leg, match between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Ireland. Stadion Bilino Pole, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2015; Republic of Ireland supporters Marina and Pat Murray, from Cork City, ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier Play-off, 1st Leg, match between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Ireland. Stadion Bilino Pole, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2015; Republic of Ireland supporters Marina and Pat Murray, from Cork City, ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier Play-off, 1st Leg, match between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Ireland. Stadion Bilino Pole, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
November 2015; Republic of Ireland supporters ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier Play-off, 1st Leg, match between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Ireland. Stadion Bilino Pole, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2015; Republic of Ireland supporters Marina and Pat Murray, from Cork City, ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier Play-off, 1st Leg, match between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Ireland. Stadion Bilino Pole, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
November 2015; Republic of Ireland supporters arrive ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier Play-off, 1st Leg, match between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Ireland. Stadion Bilino Pole, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland supporters arrive ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier Play-off, 1st Leg, match between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Ireland. Stadion Bilino Pole, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland supporters arrive ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier Play-off, 1st Leg, match between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Ireland. Stadion Bilino Pole, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland fans before the match Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff Livepic
Republic of Ireland fans outside the stadium before the match Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff Livepic
Republic of Ireland fans outside the stadium before the match Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff Livepic
Police outside the stadium before the match Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff Livepic
Football - Bosnia & Herzegovina v Republic of Ireland - UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Play-Off First Leg - Stadion Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina - 13/11/15 General view before the match Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Bosnia fans outside the stadium before the match Reuters / Dado Ruvic Livepic
Bosnia fans outside the stadium before the match Reuters / Dado Ruvic Livepic
Bosnia fans outside the stadium before the match Reuters / Dado Ruvic Livepic
Bosnia fans outside the stadium before the match Reuters / Dado Ruvic Livepic
Suppporters of Bosnia and Herzegovina national team arrive at stadium prior the EURO 2016 Qualifier Play-Off First Leg match at Bilino Polje Stadium on November 13, 2015 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
Bosnia and Herzegovina fans arrive at stadium prior the EURO 2016 Qualifier Play-Off First Leg match at Bilino Polje Stadium on November 13, 2015 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
Suppporters of Bosnia and Herzegovina national team arrive at stadium prior the EURO 2016 Qualifier Play-Off First Leg match at Bilino Polje Stadium on November 13, 2015 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
Bosnia and Herzegovina fans arrive at stadium with the police escort prior the EURO 2016 Qualifier Play-Off First Leg match at Bilino Polje Stadium on November 13, 2015 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
Suppporters of Bosnia and Herzegovina national team light flares prior the EURO 2016 Qualifier Play-Off First Leg match at Bilino Polje Stadium on November 13, 2015 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
Suppporters of Bosnia and Herzegovina national team light flares prior the EURO 2016 Qualifier Play-Off First Leg match at Bilino Polje Stadium on November 13, 2015 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
Suppporters of Bosnia and Herzegovina national team light flares prior the EURO 2016 Qualifier Play-Off First Leg match at Bilino Polje Stadium on November 13, 2015 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
Suppporters of Bosnia and Herzegovina national team arrive at stadium prior the EURO 2016 Qualifier Play-Off First Leg match at Bilino Polje Stadium on November 13, 2015 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
Suppporters of Bosnia and Herzegovina national team light flares prior the EURO 2016 Qualifier Play-Off First Leg match at Bilino Polje Stadium on November 13, 2015 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
Suppporters of Bosnia and Herzegovina national team light flares prior the EURO 2016 Qualifier Play-Off First Leg match at Bilino Polje Stadium on November 13, 2015 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

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