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Ireland drawn with Denmark for 2018 World Cup play-off

The draw was held at Fifa headquarters in Zurich this afternoon.

James McClean and David Meyler after last week's win over Wales.
James McClean and David Meyler after last week's win over Wales.

THE REPUBLIC OF Ireland will face Denmark in a two-legged play-off next month, with a spot at the 2018 World Cup finals up for grabs.

Having come through Group D as runners-up thanks to last week’s 1-0 win over Wales, the Boys in Green went into the draw this afternoon as one of four unseeded sides — along with Northern Ireland, Greece and Sweden.

And Martin O’Neill’s men have been handed a favourable pairing after avoiding tricky ties against Croatia and Italy.

Ranked 19th in the world (the lowest of the seeded teams), Denmark finished second in Group E behind Poland thanks to six wins, two draws and two defeats.

The first leg will be played in Copenhagen on Saturday, 11 November, before a return at the Aviva Stadium three days later — Tuesday, 14 November.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland take on Switzerland, Croatia meet Greece, and Italy face Sweden.

World Cup draw Ireland Source: YouTube/Fifa TV

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