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How well do you remember Ireland's footballing foes?

Ahead of Martin O’Neill’s side’s key clash with Poland tonight, we recall some of their past challenges.

Who scored the infamous goal in the second leg of the 2010 World Cup playoff between Ireland and France?
Thierry Henry
William Gallas

Franck Ribery
Claude Makelele
Which of these players scored a hat-trick as Austria put a dent in Ireland's Euro 96 qualifying hopes?
Andreas Ogris
Andreas Herzog

Toni Polster
Peter Stöger
Which of these former Barcelona players has never scored against Ireland?
Gary Lineker
Marc Overmars

Thierry Henry
Giovanni van Bronckhorst
Who is this?
Wim Kieft
Wim Jonk

Jeffrey Talan
Dennis Bergkamp
Name this goalkeeper.
Dudu Aouate
Ebrahim Mirzapour

Rustu Recber
Vitor Baia
Which of these Spanish players scored the penalty that knocked Ireland out of the 2002 World Cup?
Fernando Hierro

Ruben Baraja
Gaizka Mendieta
Name this Portugal player, whose late goal in a 3-0 victory ensured Ireland would need to win a playoff to reach Euro 96.
Helder Cristovao
Jorge Cadete

Rui Costa
Domingos Paciencia
Identify the Macedonia player whose last-minute goal denied Ireland automatic qualification to Euro 2000.
Goran Stavrevski
Giorgi Hristov

Artim Sakiri
Mitko Stojkovski
Which of these players scored a brace in Ireland's 5-2 defeat by Cyprus?
Ioannis Okkas
Efstathios Aloneftis

Constantinos Charalambidis
Alexis Garpozis
Toto Schillaci scored the goal that ultimately knocked Ireland out of the 1990 World Cup, but who took the shot from which he converted the rebound?
Gianluca Vialli
Toto Schillaci

Roberto Baggio
Roberto Donadoni
Which of these players scored a brace in Ireland's largest ever competitive home defeat against Germany?
Mesut Özil
Mario Götze

Marco Reus
Miroslav Klose
Which Belgian player's 87th minute goal ultimately meant Ireland failed to qualify for the World Cup on goal difference?
Luc Nilis
Frank Vercauteren

Jan Ceulemans
Luis Oliveira
Answer all the questions to see your result!
You scored out of !
Davy Keogh
You follow the team wherever they go and have a strong knowledge of their history
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You scored out of !
Eamon Dunphy
You're a good follower, not a great follower
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Steve Staunton
You love the team, but your footballing intelligence is limited.
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English fan
You're not even an Irish fan at all, are you
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