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1998 World Cup Qualifiers - Appearances Made and Goals Scored

In Group 8 of the 1998 World Cup qualifiers the Irish team was drawn in a large group with Romania, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Iceland and Liechtenstein. This was the first qualification campaign for Mick McCarthy as Republic of Ireland manager. In a broadly disappointing campaign that included 0-0 draws at Lansdowne Road (now Aviva Stadium) with Lithuania and Iceland Ireland finished in the play-off position behind group winners Romania.

McCarthy's Ireland team was drawn to play Belgium in a two-legged play-off. The first leg in Dublin gave the Belgians an away goal in 1-1 draw. In the second leg Ray Houghton scored for Ireland to level the scores in the match and the tie overall. Unfortunately for Ireland eleven minutes later Luc Nils scored the winning goal for Belgium sending the continentals through to the World Cup finals in 1998 in neighbouring France.

Irish Player Appearances in World Cup 1998 Qualifiers

Mick McCarthy used 31 different Irish players in twelve matches during qualifiers. The following players appeared for the Republic of Ireland during the 1998 World Cup qualification campaign matches.

Player
Appearances
Tony Cascarino
12
   
Ian Harte
11
   
Jeff Kenna
10
Steve Staunton
10
Andy Townsend
10
   
Alan McLoughlin
9
   
Kenny Cunningham
8
   
Mark Kennedy
7
Roy Keane
7
David Connolly
7
Shay Given
7
Denis Irwin
7
Ray Houghton
7
   
Gary Breen
6
Gary Kelly
6
Jason McAteer
6
   
Alan Kelly
5
David Kelly
5
   
Phil Babb
3
Alan Moore
3
Jon Goodman
3
Lee Carsley
3
Keith O'Neill
3
   
Niall Quinn
2
Terry Phelan
2
Curtis Flemming
2
   
Liam O'Brien
1
Tommy Coyne
1
Mickey Evans
1
Kevin Kilbane
1
John Aldridge
1

Irish Goal Scorers During World Cup 1998 Qualifiers

The following players scored goals for the Republic of Ireland during the 1998 World Cup qualification campaign matches.

Player
Goals Scored
Tony Cascarino
7
David Connolly
4
Roy Keane
2
Niall Quinn
2
Ian Harte
1
Jason McAteer
1
David Kelly
1
Denis Irwin
1
Ray Houghton
1
Andy Townsend
1
Keith O'Neill
1
Alan McLoughlin
1
Finnbogason - Iceland own goal
1

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