Ireland face away trip to Belfast or Bosnia should they reach play-off final

Ireland face away trip to Belfast or Bosnia should they reach play-off final

MICK MCCARTHY'S side face an away trip to either Northern Ireland or Bosnia should they progress to the Euro 2020 play-off final.

The Republic of Ireland face Slovakia in a one-legged semi-final on Thursday, 26 March, 2020.

If they win, they'll advance to the play-off final, which'll be held five days later.

They will face the winner of the other semi-final, Bosnia & Herzegovina against Northern Ireland.

Unfortunately for Irish fans, Ireland have been drawn away for the final, which could mean either a long trip to Eastern Europe, a short drive north to Belfast, depending on the winner.

The last time the two Irish nations faced each other was last year in an international friendly, in a fairly unexciting 0-0 draw.

But you have to go all the way back to 1994 to find the last time the two sides faced each other in Belfast, with Ireland running out 4-0 winners in a Euro '96 qualifier.

Ireland meanwhile are undefeated against Bosnia & Herzegovina, having faced them three times and won twice. The most recent victory coming in 2015 during a Euro 2016 qualifier.

Dublin has been chosen as one of the 12 host cities for next summer's Euro 2020 finals.

Should Ireland successfully qualify, Dublin will be guaranteed at least two games at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland finished third in Group D behind Switzerland and Denmark but have earned a second chance at qualification thanks to competing in UEFA Nations League B and higher-ranked teams qualifying automatically.

Elsewhere in the draw, the winners of Norway and Serbia will be at home to Scotland or Israel, while the winners of Bulgaria and Hungary will welcome Iceland or Romania and Georgia or Belarus will host North Macedonia or Kosovo.