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Irish 2018 World Cup Qualification Campaign - Group D

The Republic of Ireland was drawn as a fourth seed in Group D of the World Cup 2018 qualification competition. The finals will be held in Russia and the Irish will have to overcome top seeds Wales, as well as Serbia, Austria, Moldova, and Georgia, to qualify automatically for the 2014 World Cup.

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A strong second place finish will lead to a two-leg play-off against another second placed team from another group.

The group was generally considered to be as good as could have been expected. Although top seeds Wales were ranked number 10 in the FIFA rankings the Irish were relieved to have avoided one of the European super powers of football. Ireland had only met Wales once before in competitive matches - during the Euro 2008 qualifiers when the Irish garnered four points from a possible six. The first time the Republic of Ireland played an international match at Croke Park was against Wales in March 2007 when Stephen Ireland scored the only goal in a 1-0 win. The return match in Wales ended 2-2 with the Irish goals coming from Kevin Doyle and Robbie Keane.

On the day (25 July 2015) of the World Cup draw for the 2018 World Cup qualification groups the World rankings of the teams drawn in Group D were as follows:

Wales 10th
Austria 15th
Serbia 43rd
Republic of Ireland 52nd
Moldova 124th
Georgia 153rd

Ireland's Fixtures for World Cup 2018 Qualification

Date   Home   Away  
5 Sep 2016
Serbian flag
Serbia
2 - 2
Republic of Ireland
Irish flag
6 Oct 2016
Irish flag
Republic of Ireland
1 - 0
Georgia
Georgiann flag
9 Oct 2016
Moldovan flag
Moldova
1 - 3
Republic of Ireland
Irish flag
12 Nov 2016
Austrian flag
Austria
0 - 1
Republic of Ireland
Irish flag
24 Mar 2017
Irish flag
Republic of Ireland
-
Wales
Welsh flag
11 Jun 2017
Irish flag
Republic of Ireland
-
Austria
Austrian flag
2 Sep 2017
Georgiann flag
Georgia
-
Republic of Ireland
Irish flag
5 Sep 2017
Irish flag
Republic of Ireland
-
Serbia
Serbian flag
6 Oct 2017
Irish flag
Republic of Ireland
-
Moldova
Moldovan flag
9 Oct 2017
Welsh flag
Wales
-
Republic of Ireland
Irish flag

World Cup 2018 Qualifying Campaign - Group Table

2018 World Cup - Qualifying Group D - Latest Standings
  Nation
Played
Won
Drew
Lost
Goals F
Goals A
Points
Serbian flag
Republic of Ireland
4
3
1
0
7
3
10
Irish flag
Serbia
4
2
2
0
9
5
8
Welsh flag
Wales
4
1
3
0
8
4
6
Austrian flag
Austria
4
1
1
2
6
7
4
Moldovan flag
Georgia
4
0
2
2
3
5
2
Georgian flag
Moldova
4
0
1
3
2
11
1

Serbia v Republic of Ireland - 5 September 2016

Usually a point away from home in a World Cup qualifier would be considered a good outcome however Irish fans were left concerned and a bit frustrated after Ireland’s 2-2 draw against Serbia in Belgrade on a wet Monday night.

A deflected Jeff Hendrick goal gave the Irish the lead with just three minutes gone before Serbia hit back through Filip Kostic and a very dubious Dusan Tadic penalty.

Although he had never scored for Ireland before, the introduction of Daryl Murphy with 15 minutes of the match left proved vital though as the Newcastle striker scored with a powerful header within minutes to secure the all-important equaliser.
RESULT: Serbia 2-2 Republic of Ireland.

Serbia: 1 Predrag RAJKOVIC (GK) 2 Antonio RUKAVINA 4 Nemanja GUDELJ 5 Matija NASTASIC 6 Branislav IVANOVIC (C) 9 Aleksandar MITROVIC 10 Dusan TADIC 14 Filip MLADENOVIC 16 Luka MILIVOJEVIC 17 Filip KOSTIC 21 Jagos VUKOVIC. Subs: Andrija PAVLOVIC 59' (for Motrovic) Dusko TOSIC 77' (for Mladenovic) Aleksandar KATAI 82' (for Kostic)
Rep of Ireland: 23 Darren RANDOLPH (GK) 2 Seamus COLEMAN (C) 4 John O'SHEA 5 Richard KEOGH 6 Glenn WHELAN 9 Shane LONG 10 Robbie BRADY 11 James McCLEAN 13 Jeff HENDRICK 17 Stephen WARD 19 Jon WALTERS. Subs: Stephen Quinn 70' (for Ward) Daryl Murphy 76' (for Hendrick) Ciaran Clark 90+1' (for Long)
Referee: KASSAI Viktor, Assistant Referee 1: TOTH Vencel, Assistant Referee 2: RING Gyorgy, Fourth official: BOGNAR Tamas

Republic of Ireland v Georgia - 6 October 2016

It took a highly unusual goal from the Irish captain, Coleman, to secure the points for a stangely lacklustre Irish team. In a poor performance throughout the entire Irish side it appeared that the Irish might even be lucky to earn a draw. Ten moinutes into the second have Coleman picked up the ball just inside the Georgian half. He ran down the touch line and then across the bye line into the box following a couple of richochets Ireland's captain found himself with a simple tap-in on the Georgian goal line.

A downside of the night was a booking for Jeff Hendrick, ruling him out of the next match, and a sickening head injury to Robbie Brady in the 80th minute.
Result: Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia.

Rep of Ireland: Randolph, Coleman, Clark, Duffy, Ward, McCarthy, Hendrick, Brady (Whelan 80'), McClean, Walters, Long (O’Shea 95')
Georgia: Loria, Kakabadze, Kverkvelia, Keshia, Navakovski (Kobakhidze 89), Deushvili Katcharava 93'), Gvilia, Kazaishvili, Okriashvili, Anaanidze (Skhirtladze 73'), Mchedidze

Referee: Tony Chapron (France)

Moldova v Republic of Ireland - 9 October 2016

Ireland's first ever meeting with Moldova couldn't have gotten off to a better start. After just two minutes Shane Long slotted home after Wes Hoolahan found him with a beautiful slide-rule pass. Unfortunately the Irish failed to press home the advantage and allowed the Moldovans to equalise just on half time through Igor Bugaiov.

Fortunately for Ireland James McClean popped up with a brace of goals in the second half to secure full points for the away team. It was a less than convincing performance but after the third round of group matches the Irish were in second place in the group level on points with leader Serbia.
Result: Moldova 1-3 Republic of Ireland.

Moldova: Calancea; Bordian, Posmac, Armas, Bolohan; Cojocari, Gatcan; Andronic, Zasavitchi, Dedov; Bugaiov. Subs: Golovatenco for Armas (36 mins),Cebotaru for Zasavitchi (62 mins), Sidorenco for Andronic (83 mins)
Rep of Ireland: Randolph (West Ham); Coleman (Everton), Duffy (Brighton), Clark (Newcastle United), Ward (Burnley), McCarthy (Everton), Whelan (Stoke City), Walters (Stoke City), Hoolahan (Norwich City), McClean (West Brom), Long (Southampton). Subs: O’Dowda (Bristol City) for Long (63 mins), Meyler (Hull City) for McCarthy (80 mins), O’Kane (Leeds United) for Hoolahan (87 mins)

Referee:
J Kehlet (Denmark)

Austria v Republic of Ireland - 12 November 2016

Ireland's record against Austria, particularly away from home, was not inspiing ahead of the meeting of the two teams in November 2016. In seven previous matches in Vienna the best result that the Irish had achieved was a 0-0 draw back in 1963.

Furthermore Martin O'Neill's team took to the field without a recognised out-and-out striker due to injuries. Nevertheless Ireland eked out a historic 1-0 win courtesy of a smart strike from wide man James McClean. The Derryman latched on to a precise pass from Wes Hoolahan and drove the ball home through the Austrian keeper's legs. A draw between Wales and Serbia on the same night left Ireland sitting on top of Group D with 10 points from four matches.
Result: Austria 0-1 Republic of Ireland.

Asutria:Ozcan (Bayer Leverkusen); Klein (VfB Stuttgart), Dragovic (Bayer Leverkusen), Hinteregger (Augsburg), Wimmer (Tottenham); Baumgartlinger (Bayer Leverkusen), Alaba (Bayern Munich); Sabitzer (RB Leipzig), Schopf (Schalke), Arnautovic (Stoke City); Janko (Basel). Subs: Schaub for Schopf (57 mins), Harnik for Sabitzer (73 mins), Ilsanker for Wimmer (78 mins)
Rep of Ireland: Darren Randolph; Seamus Coleman (C), Ciaran Clark, Shane Duffy, Robbie Brady; Harry Arter, Glenn Whelan, Jeff Hendrick, Wes Hoolahan, James McClean, Jonathan Walters. Subs: David Meyler for Whelan (24 mins), David McGoldrick for Hoolahan (78 mins), Aiden McGeady for McClean (85 mins)

Referee:
Sergey Karasev (Russia)

World Cup 2018 Qualifying Campaign Results

05/09/2016: Belgrade: Serbia 2 -2 Ireland
Kostic 62', Tadic 69' pen / Jeff Hendrick 3', Daryl Murphy 80'

06/10/2016: Dublin: Ireland 1 - 0 Georgia
Seamus Coleman 56'

09/10/2016: Chisinau: Moldova 1-3 Ireland
Bugaiov 45'+1' / Shane Long 2', James McClean 69' & 76'

12/11/2016: Vienna: Austria 0-1 Ireland
James McClean 48'

24/03/2017: Dublin: Ireland - Wales

11/06/2017: Dublin: Ireland - Austria

02/09/2017: Tblisi: Georgia - Ireland

05/09/2017: Dublin: Ireland - Serbia

06/10/2017: Dublin: Ireland - Moldovaa

09/10/2017: Cardiff: Wales - Ireland

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