Wednesday 24 October 2018

Ireland will play Spain at Euro 2020 if both teams qualify after Dublin and Bilbao paired as host city partners

14 November 2017; Shane Duffy of Republic of Ireland celebrates after scoring his side's goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-off 2nd leg match between Republic of Ireland and Denmark at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
14 November 2017; Shane Duffy of Republic of Ireland celebrates after scoring his side's goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-off 2nd leg match between Republic of Ireland and Denmark at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ireland will play two group games in Dublin and one in Bilbao if they qualify for Euro 2020 - but could end up in the same group as Spain.

UEFA today made a random draw to pair the 12 group stage host cities, with Dublin getting Bilbao.

Each qualified host country will play a minimum of two group games at home, with Ireland set to play twice at the Aviva Stadium in the group stage, should they qualify.

Dublin will host four games in total, including a last 16 encounter.

The draw to pair the host cities went as follows:

Group A: Rome and Baku

Group B: Amsterdam and Bucharest

Group C: Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen

Group D: London and Glasgow

Group E: Bilbao and Dublin

Group F: Munich and Budapest

Since each qualified host country is guaranteed to play at home, if Ireland and Spain both qualify, the Boys in Green would be in the same group as the European heavyweights.

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