Sunday 18 March 2018

Win, lose or draw: How things will play out for our teams

Automatic qualification would be preferable for manager Martin O'Neill
Automatic qualification would be preferable for manager Martin O'Neill

Barry Lennon

The Irish rugby and soccer teams face the biggest games of their international campaigns tomorrow.

After beating the world champions Germany 1-0 on Thursday (despite many doubting the predictions of the more excitable soccer pundits), Ireland could qualify for Euro 2016 in France after playing Poland tomorrow.

If Ireland win it's simple - automatic qualification.

A draw is more complicated. A 2-2 result would also secure our passage to the Euros, under the away goals rule.

However, the Boys In Green will face a play-off following a 0-0, 1-1 draw or a loss - provided Germany draw against Georgia at least.

Ireland boss Martin O'Neill is yet to find out who our opponents will be in that case.

Before kick-off in Warsaw, the Irish rugby team face their most anticipated game of the World Cup so far, as they take on France tomorrow at Cardiff's Millennium stadium.

Winning against Les Bleus would ensure Ireland avoid World Cup holders New Zealand in the quarter-finals and would most likely see them play Argentina instead.

If Ireland were to beat their opponents at the next stage, whoever they may be, it would be the best any Irish side has ever done in the competition.

After a narrow win over Italy, manager Joe Schmidt will be taking nothing for granted.

Irish Independent

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