Ireland's World Cup hopes in jeopardy after defeat to Russia in Tallaght
The Republic of Ireland's chance of making the women's World Cup have been severely dented after they were beaten 3-1 by Russia at Tallaght Stadium this evening.
Sue Ronan's Ireland now lie five points behind Russia who occupy second place in Group One.
Ireland's only hope to make next year's World Cup in Canada is to overhaul Russia in second place for a playoff spot.
Russia were 2-0 up after just 12 minutes thanks to goals from Ekaterina Sochneva and Ekaterina Pantyukhina.
Ireland did pull a goal back through Fiona O'Sullivan on 35 minutes but that was cancelled out by Pantyukhina's second goal eight minutes later.
Ireland tried desperately to bridge the gap in the second half and Stephanie Roche did crash the ball off the crossbar from 25 years but they couldn't find another goal.