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Here's what Ireland now need to do to gain automatic qualification to the Euros

The Boys in Green are set for a crunch encounter in Poland on Sunday.

Ireland goalkeeper Darren Rabdolph and John O’Shea celebrate after the game.
Ireland goalkeeper Darren Rabdolph and John O’Shea celebrate after the game.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Remaining fixtures:

Germany v Georgia

Gibraltar v Scotland

Poland v Ireland

THE PICTURE IN Group D is much clearer following last night’s results.

One point now separates the top three sides while Scotland can no longer qualify.

Despite losing, Germany need just a point against Georgia to confirm their automatic qualification, while three points would guarantee them first spot.

Consequently, the second-place automatic qualifying spot is likely to be between Poland and Ireland, who meet in the final group game on Sunday.

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Poland’s late equaliser against Scotland means they are in pole position (no pun intended) to take second spot in the group.

A win or a low-scoring draw would be good enough for the Poles to progress at Ireland’s expense.

With head-to-head coming into play and Ireland drawing the home encounter 1-1, it’s effectively an away goals-type scenario. So if Ireland get a high-scoring draw in Warsaw (e.g. 2-2 or higher), they will qualify automatically.

Of course, Ireland could also qualify with a low-scoring draw in the unthinkable scenario of Georgia winning in Germany. It’s highly unlikely, but after tonight’s action, anything seems possible.

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