Tuesday 17 October 2017

Ireland hoping for Scotland slip up after Greece win dents World Cup hopes

Greece's forward Konstantinos Mitroglou celebrates his equalising goal during their World Cup 2018 qualifying Group H football match between Cyprus and Greece at the NEO GSP Stadium in Nicosia on October 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAKIS SAVVIDESSAKIS SAVVIDES/AFP/Getty Images
Greece's forward Konstantinos Mitroglou celebrates his equalising goal during their World Cup 2018 qualifying Group H football match between Cyprus and Greece at the NEO GSP Stadium in Nicosia on October 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAKIS SAVVIDESSAKIS SAVVIDES/AFP/Getty Images
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Ireland will be very interested viewers when Scotland take on Slovenia tomorrow evening, with the Boys in Green needing Gordon Strachan's men to slip up in order to clear a path to the World Cup playoffs.

Bosnia's 4-3 defeat to Belgium in Group H tonight provided the first half of a set of results that would have left Ireland requiring a win in Wales to secure a playoff spot, but Greece's victory in Cyprus means that Martin O'Neill's side can't overtake them even if they pick up three points in Cardiff on Monday.

Everything looked good for Ireland after Pieros Sotiriou put the home side in front after 18 minutes, before Konstantinos Mitroglou and Alexandros Tziolis struck twice in quick succession midway through the first half to ultimately secure three points for the Greeks.

However, all is not lost for Ireland. They can reach the playoffs - provided they beat Wales - if Scotland fail to win in Slovenia, or if Ukraine and Croatia draw on Monday night.

Slovenia vs Scotland kicks off at 5pm tomorrow evening.

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