Ireland to face Bosnia in Euro 2016 play-off

Ireland to face Bosnia in Euro 2016 play-off

IRELAND have been drawn against Bosnia-Herzegovina in the play-offs for a spot at the 2016 European Championships.

Martin O'Neill's men open the tie with a trip to Bosnia for the first leg, which is to be played between November 12-14. The return leg will be played at Dublin's Aviva Stadium between November 15-17, with the winner advancing to the 24-team tournament in France next summer.

Bosnia are currently ranked 30th in FIFA's world rankings, 24 places above Ireland (54), while their star player is Edin Dzeko, a two-time Premier League winner with Manchester City, who has scored an impressive 44 goals in 74 caps for his country.

After a dreadful start to their qualifying campaign, Bosnia picked things up in 2015 and four wins in their last five games means they’re heading into the play-offs in fine form.

Bosnia scored in all but two of their 10 group games, netting in every home game, but Ireland beat them 1-0 in their last encounter in 2012, with Shane Long scoring the winner at the Aviva.

Euro 2016 play-off draw

Ukraine v Slovenia

Sweden v Denmark

Bosnia-Herzegovina v Republic of Ireland

Norway v Hungary