On Friday the 24th April Ireland played out an intense 0-0 draw with Wales to mark the halfway point in the qualification stages to reach Russia for the World Cup in 2018.
So far they’ve played 5 matches and gone unbeaten picking up 11 points leaving them joint top but with Serbia edging them out on goal difference.
The results have been as follows:
Serbia 2-2 Republic of Ireland-FK Crevna Zvezda-Belgrade
Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia-Aviva Stadium-Dublin
Moldova 1-3 Republic of Ireland-Zimbru-Chisinau
Austria-0-1 Republic of Ireland-Ernst Happel Stadium-Vienna
Republic of Ireland-0-0 Wales-Aviva Stadium-Dublin
Considering that the boys in green were away for the Austria and Serbia game if they keep up this form they look set to qualify for Russia.
The next 5 games are:
Republic of Ireland vs Austria-11th of June-Aviva Stadium-Dublin
Georgia vs Republic of Ireland-2nd of September-Boris Paichadze National Stadium-Tbilisi
Republic of Ireland vs Serbia-5th of September-Aviva Stadium-Dublin
Republic of Ireland vs Moldova-6th of October-Aviva Stadium-Dublin
Wales vs Republic of Ireland-9th of October-City Stadium-Cardiff
With a couple of tough games and Seamus Coleman out for the foreseeable future it looks tough but I believe Martin O’Neil’s men have enough to qualify automatically or through the play offs.