Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland will contest a two-legged play-off with Denmark as they aim to qualify for next summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.
Following today’s draw, the Irish team will play the first leg in Denmark at 7.45pm (Irish time) on Saturday 11th November 2017, followed by the second leg, also at 7.45pm, the following Tuesday, 14th November 2017, at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Many Irish punters will be using the bonus code 2018 to back Ireland at 5/4 to qualify for the World Cup.
Reacting to the draw, Republic of Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill, who recently extended his contract with the national team until 2020, said:
“We’re delighted to have been drawn away from home first, so we will try to get some sort of advantage or certainly negate Denmark’s advantages before we get to Dublin. We have two games in quick succession and the turnover will be very quick, so let’s go for it.”
Ireland has a good record against Denmark, having played them 13 times. The Republic of Ireland has won five, drawn five and lost three of the encounters. Both sides last met in an Irish 4-0 friendly win in Aarhus in August 2007, with two goals each from Robbie Keane and Shane Long respectively.
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has announced that the public sale of tickets for the home leg will begin at 11:00am on Friday 20th October 2017, with prices starting at €30 for adults and €20 for children, excluding booking fees.
It has also been confirmed by the Association that the home leg is included in the 2017-18 FAI Season Ticket package. Should Season Ticket holders wish to purchase extra tickets, they can avail of an exclusive pre-sale period – which will also be open to Club Ireland members and Jack Charlton Lounge patrons. This pre-sale period will begin at 11:00am on Wednesday 18th October 2017.
Fans wishing to apply for tickets for the away leg in Denmark should submit their applications via the Away Ticketing System (http://away.fai.ie) on Thursday 19th October 2017.
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