Saturday 14 December 2019

Northern Ireland to play two games in Dublin if they qualify for Euro 2020

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill. Photo: REUTERS/David W Cerny/File Photo
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill. Photo: REUTERS/David W Cerny/File Photo

John Brennan

Northern Ireland will play two Euro 2020 matches in Dublin next year - if they can qualify for the Finals.

UEFA confirmed today whichever of the four teams wins Path B of the play-offs, Mick McCarthy’s Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Bosnia or Slovakia will now play two matches at the Aviva Stadium next June.

Each country’s third group game will be against Spain in Bilbao.

The European governing body announced a few other regulations in advance of Saturday’s draw in Bucharest, the main one being that Ukraine and Russia will not be allowed share a group because other current unrest between the countries.

Georgia, if they come through their play-off, will also be kept away from Russia, with whom they have a disputed border.

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