Republic of Ireland to face Northern Ireland in friendly

The Republic of Ireland will face Northern Ireland in a friendly fixture at the Aviva Stadium on November 15th (Thursday).

The game will kick off at 7.45pm.

The two countries last met in 2011 in the Nations Cup when the Republic won 5-0 at the Aviva Stadium.

Speaking on the official Northern Ireland website Northern Ireland Manager Michael O’Neill said: “UEFA have made it mandatory that we play a friendly on that date and when we looked at the options across Europe, travelling to Dublin to play the Republic of Ireland made a lot of sense.

“It means that we can stay on the island for the week, train in our usual environment and play a game that will be a good test for us ahead of the Austria match.

“Both countries qualified for UEFA EURO 2016 and both narrowly missed out on qualification for Russia, so it will be an evenly matched and hard-fought contest.

“From a personal point of view I am looking forward to managing a team against Martin, a manager who I hugely respect and admire.

“Qualification for UEFA EURO 2020 is our number one priority now and with the UEFA Nations League a potential route to the tournament, this game means that we will be as prepared as possible for the Austria match.”

Ticket details for the game will be released later in the year.

 

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