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Ireland's World Cup qualifier gets the green light despite heavy rain in Belgrade

A pitch inspection took place at the Red Star Stadium this evening and the surface has been deemed playable.

Serbia v Republic of Ireland - 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Group D - Rajko Mitic Stadium Source: Nick Potts

Updated at 18.35

THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND’s World Cup qualification opener against Serbia will go ahead (kick-off 7.45pm Irish tim) after worries that heavy rainfall would force a postponement.

Red Star flooding Source: Ben Blake

There has been relentless heavy rainfall in the city throughout since early this afternoon and the poor weather is expected to continue into the evening.

A pitch inspection took place at Belgrade’s Red Star Stadium to determine whether the fixture would be fulfilled.

Red Star flooding 2 Source: Ben Blake

Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai and his assistants walked the pitch at 6.15pm Irish time to carry out the inspection and he was satisfied that the surface is still playable.

Additional reporting by Ben Blake

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