Republic of Ireland Team

When faced with a qualification group featuring world champions Germany, a Robert Lewandowski powered Poland, and old enemy Scotland, the Republic of Ireland might have felt that qualification would be hard work. They did need a play-off win against Bosnia to secure their, but Martin O'Neill's men thoroughly deserved to be in France this summer.

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Republic of Ireland - Group E

When faced with a qualification group featuring world champions Germany, a Robert Lewandowski powered Poland, and old enemy Scotland, the Republic of Ireland might have felt that qualification would be hard work. They did need a play-off win against Bosnia to secure their, but Martin O'Neill's men thoroughly deserved to be in France this summer.

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Unbeaten at home in 5 qualification matches, including a 1-0 demolition (ahem) of world champions Germany at the Aviva Stadium, and tough to beat away from home, Ireland ensured that qualification Group D was very much a 3 horse race right up to the last round of matches.  Ultimately beaten into third place, just 4 points behind group winners Germany, Ireland required a play-off victory to secure their place in France, where they promise to be a tough nut to crack in Group E.

In the group stages, they won 5 games, drew 3 and lost 2, scoring 19 goals, conceding 7 and ending up with a +12 goal difference.

In the draw for the main event, Ireland were placed in Group E, alongside Sweden, Italy and Belgium.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 25: The Republic of Ireland team line up before the international friendly match between the Republic of Ireland and Switzerland at Aviva Stadium on March 25, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

 

Fixtures:

June 13 vs. Sweden  4pm – Stade de France, Saint-Denis

June 18 vs. Belgium 1pm – Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux

June 22 vs. Italy 7pm – Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille

Goal scorers:

During qualification, the Ireland scored 19 goals

Their goal scorers were:

  • Robbie Keane (5)
  • Shane Long (3)
  • Jonathan Walters (3)
  • James McClean (2)
  • Aiden McGeady (1)
  • John O’Shea (1)
  • Wes Hoolahan (1)
  • Cyrus Christie (1)
  • Own goals (1)

Qualification Stat Truths:

  • Eight goals from inside the 6 yard box was the highest in qualifying and joint-highest percentage of goals of any qualifier with 36.4%.
  • Blocked the greatest share of opponents’ shots in qualifying: 23.9% – over double the average of 10.9%.
  • Took highest percentage of shots in the second half of matches of any side at the finals (61.5%).
  • Spent the second-lowest share of time winning of any qualifier: 25.9% or 280 minutes.

 

All data based on Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualification campaign.  Courtesy of the Press Association.

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