When is Ireland's Euro 2020 play-off match and who will we face?
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When is Ireland's Euro 2020 play-off match and who will we face?

GUESS what? Ireland are in the play-offs.

I know, I know, cliché and all that, but here we go again. We're a nation seemingly incapable of ever doing things the easy the way (and we're not all that great at doing things the hard way either).

But anyway, hopes of a glorious summer galavanting around the continent at Euro 2020 are still alive, we've just got to win a couple more matches to get there: a semi-final and final. Easy ... right?

Below, we've provided answers to all the questions you might have about Ireland's near-certain perilous potential route to the tournament finals:

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Dublin , Ireland - 18 November 2019; Republic of Ireland supporters celebrate their goal during the UEFA EURO2020 Qualifier match between Republic of Ireland and Denmark at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Who are Ireland playing?

We've been drawn against Slovakia in the semi-final.

When is the match?

It will take place on 26 March, 2020.

Where will it be played?

As we've been drawn away, the match will take place in the Slovakian city of Trnava, in the Anton Malatinský Stadium.

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How many legs will there be?

Just one. The format has changed for this year's competition, meaning that both the semi-final and final of the play-offs are single-leg ties.

Who will we play in the final?

If we beat Slovakia, we'll face either Bosnia & Herzegovina or Northern Ireland - a match which takes place on the same day as our tie with Slovakia.

When will the final be?

The final takes place five days after the semi-final ties, on 31 March, 2020.

What is our record like against Slovakia?

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Ireland and Slovakia have faced each other five times in their history, with Ireland winning one and the other four ending in draws (undefeated - wooo). The last time the two sides locked horns was in March 2016, where the game finished 2-2.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 29: James McClean (L) of the Republic of Ireland and Martin Skrtel (R) of Slovakia during the international friendly match between the Republic of Ireland and Slovakia at Aviva Stadium on March 29, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.