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Scotland v Ireland: RTE to show crucial World Cup play-off match – here is all you need to know


Manager Vera Pauw and her team after a Republic of Ireland Women training session at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Manager Vera Pauw and her team after a Republic of Ireland Women training session at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Manager Vera Pauw and her team after a Republic of Ireland Women training session at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

RTE will show Ireland’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Scotland in Hampden Park tonight.

Vera Pauw’s Girls in Green will have to overcome Scotland to remain on course for an historic World Cup qualification after the Scots emerged from a titanic 120-minute tussle against Austria last Thursday.

Here is everything you need to know about the play-off.

Where and when is it on?

The game takes place at Hampden Park in Glasgow with an 8.00pm kick-off on Tuesday.

Where can I watch the game?

RTE have confirmed the crucial match will be shown live on RTE 2 with coverage starting at 7.45pm, directly after Manchester City’s Champions League clash away to Copenhagen. We'll also be liveblogging the game here on Independent.ie.

Ireland’s World Cup journey – what happens next?

On Tuesday there will be three final round European qualification play-offs, Ireland's game, Portugal v Iceland and Switzerland v Wales.

Ties go to ET and Penalties to determine winner.

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Only the best ranked winners – based on qualification record – will proceed directly to the World Cup.

The third winner qualifies for an Inter-confederation play-off early next year.

If Ireland win, they will be hoping for either Portugal or Wales to win their ties too.

That’s because Switzerland (19) and Iceland (18) are currently ranked ahead of Ireland (17). Should all three sides get the three points for their play-off win, Ireland would not qualify automatically. (Number in brackets is final points tally from groups).

But under play-off rules, if a tie goes to penalties, that only earns a country one point.

In this case, countries could finish up level so goal difference and other factors come into play; Ireland are level with Iceland on goal difference and three up on Switzerland.

A key point is that Ireland will know the results of the other play-offs by the time they reach half-time in Hampden Park – this may prove to be a crucial advantage in knowing what they need to do.

On the other hand, it may also confirm that even a win might still condemn them to another round of play-offs in early 2023.

These are also complicated but involve lesser nations, with Ireland (26) ranked superior to all of Chinese Taipei (38), Chile (39), Thailand (41), Papua New Guinea (49), Paraguay (51), Haiti (56), Panama (57), Cameroon (59) and Senegal (84).

These ten teams will be split into three groups, two of three teams and one of four, with seeding decided by FIFA ranking.

All three groups will be played as separate knockout competitions with the winner of each qualifying for the finals.

In the two three-team groups, the seeded team will go straight to the final (after playing a friendly against New Zealand or another guest nation) and meet the winner of a semi-final between the other two nations. Still with us? Hopefully Ireland will be too. There are a few twists to navigate yet.

What's the team news?

Vera Pauw has named a 28-strong Ireland squad for the upcoming Women's World Cup qualifying play-off on Tuesday October 11.

Niamh Farrelly has earned a recall after her move to Parma but injuries have ruled out four players - Megan Connolly, Ruesha Littlejohn, Ellen Molloy and Leanne Kiernan – who featured in the final stages of the regular qualification campaign.

Savannah McCarthy and Aoife Colvill are also ruled out through injury.

Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (Reading), Megan Walsh (Brighton & Hove Albion), Eve Badana (DLR Waves)

Defenders: Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Claire O’Riordan (Celtic), Diane Caldwell (Reading), Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Hayley Nolan (London City Lionesses), Chloe Mustaki (Bristol City), Megan Campbell (Liverpool), Áine O’Gorman (Peamount United)

Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Jamie Finn (Birmingham City), Ciara Grant (Hearts), Lily Agg (London City Lionesses), Niamh Farrelly (Parma), Roma McLaughlin (Central Connecticut University), Jess Ziu (West Ham United), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City), Isibeal Atkinson (West Ham United)

Forwards: Heather Payne (Florida State University), Amber Barrett (FFC Turbine Potsdam), Abbie Larkin (Shelbourne), Saoirse Noonan (Durham WFC), Kyra Carusa (HB Hoge)

What can I read about in the build-up on Independent.ie?

David Kelly is our man in Glasgow and he has his preview for you below alongside an interview with Ireland captain Katie McCabe.

Having managed Scotland from 1998 to 2005, Pauw is returning to a familiar haunt this week and David has also taken a look back at her Scottish sojourn below, while Sean O'Connor has spoken to Ireland players Niamh Fahey, Kyra Carusa , Chloe Mustaki and Lily Agg.

What are the match odds?

Scotland are odds-on favourites at 13/20 with Ireland 10/3 and the draw after 90 minutes priced at 5/2.

What are the managers saying?

Vera Pauw:

"We have full respect for Scotland, who are a very direct team with a lot of excellent players and they fully deserved to beat Austria in the first round of this play-off series.

"We have watched them closely and know that we will be facing a very difficult opponent who will also have a home crowd behind them.

"We believe in ourselves and trust in each other - players and staff - but we know that we have to be at our very best if we are to win this game. Making it to the World Cup has always been the dream."

Pedro Martinez Losa:

"We have talked about inspiring people and you felt that (on Thursday).

"We believe what we are doing and this was the next level of competing against the best with faith and believing in what we can do."

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