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1964 European Nations Cup - Irish Qualifying Campaign

In the 1964 European Nations Cup (now known as European Championships) four teams qualified for the Finals through a series of play-off matches rather than the qualifier groups that we know today.

The Republic of Ireland was drawn to play Iceland in the first qualifying round of the 1964 Nations Cup. Ireland won the first leg at Dalymount Park 4-0 with goals from, future Irish soccer manager, Liam Tuohy (2), Noel Cantwell, and Fogarty.

In the away leg Tuohy scored again gaining a 1-1 draw and securing Ireland's passage into the next round of the premier European soccer competition.

Drawn to play Austria in the next qualifier round Ireland gained a hard-fought 0-0 draw in Vienna. The return match in Dalymount Park was also a very tight football match with winning by the odd goal in five. Noel Cantwell scored a last minute penalty to qualify Ireland for the quarter-final qualification round of soccer matches.

Ireland was drawn against Spain in the quater-finals of the 1964 European Nations Cup to be played over two legs. Following a humiliating 5-1 defeat to the Spaniards in Seville a dispirited Irish team succumbed to a 0-2 home defeat at Dalymount Park in front of 38,000 Irish fans.

Spain went on to beat reigning champions, the Soviet Union, in the final to be crowned European Nations Cup Champions for 1964.

 

Republic of Ireland 1964 Nations Cup Qualifying Campaign - Match Results

12/08/1962: Dalymount Park, Dublin: Ireland 4-2 Iceland
Liam Tuohy 11, Amby Fogarty 40, Noel Cantwell 65, 76
/ Jonsson 37, 87

02/09/1962: Reykjavik, Iceland 1-1 Ireland
Arnason 59 / Liam Tuohy 37

25/09/1963: Vienna, Austria 0-0 Ireland

13/10/1963: Dalymount Park, Dublin: Ireland 3-2 Austria
Noel Cantwell 45, 90 Pen, Amby Fogarty 66
/ Koleznik 38, Flögel 83

11/03/1964: Seville: Spain 5-1 Ireland
Amancio 12, 29, Fuste 14, Marcelino 34, 88 / Andy McEvoy 21

08/04/1964: Dalymount Park, Dublin: Ireland 0-2 Spain
Zaballa 24, 88


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