Can Republic of Ireland beat Switzerland to book Euro 2020 place?

3,0443,044viewing this pageGot a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreLive ReportingBy Gary RoseAll times stated are UKPosted at 18:2118:21England U21s in actionEngland U21 v Austria U21 (19:45 BST)Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesThe England Under-21s are in action tonight with…

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  1. England U21s in action

    England U21 v Austria U21 (19:45 BST)

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    The England Under-21s are in action tonight with a crucial Euro 2021 qualifier against Austria in Milton Keynes.

    Aidy Boothroyd’s side are second in Group 3 with two wins from two games but were perhaps given an important lesson in being guarded against complacency when they let slip a two-goal lead in a friendly against Slovenia on Friday to draw 2-2.

    They certainly cannot afford any lapses in concentration against a side that has won all three of their qualifying games and currently sit top of the standings…

  2. Post update

    Fancy a bit of football chat? The Monday Night Club wasn’t on BBC Radio 5 live last night because of the England game, so it has turned into the Tuesday Night Club instead.

    Tune in!

  3. ‘I don’t get the doom and gloom’

    Switzerland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

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    Mick McCarthy says he doesn’t understand the ‘doom and gloom’ surrounding the Republic of Ireland ahead of tonight’s game.

    “I don’t get it, I really don’t get it,” McCarthy said. “I think everybody would have taken the position we’re in now.

    “Of course, the peddlers of doom and gloom will say ‘well we’ve no chance of winning’. I don’t get that. Who knows, who knows what will happen?”

  4. Post update

    Switzerland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

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    It has been tipping it down in Geneva today and there were some doubts this game would go ahead but it passed a pitch inspection at 18:00 BST.

  5. Connolly starts for Republic of Ireland

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    The team news is in and it is a big night for Aaron Connolly as the 19-year-old Brighton striker makes his first start for the Republic of Ireland.

    Meanwhile, Enda Stevens returns to the team after suspension and Alan Browne comes into midfield.

    Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka starts for Switzerland, who name the same side that lost 1-0 to Denmark at the weekend.

    Switzerland X: Sommer, Akanji, Schar, Elvedi, Rodriguez, Xhaka, Zakaria,
    Lichtsteiner, Embolo, Mehmedi, Seferovic

    Republic of Ireland XI: Randolph, Duffy, Egan, Stevens, Coleman, Whelan, McClean,
    Hendrick, Browne, Connolly, Collins.

  6. Who can qualify tonight?

    Five teams have secured their places at Euro 2020 – Belgium, Italy, Russia, Poland and Ukraine.

    The Republic of Ireland can join them tonight but need a win at Switzerland to do so, meanwhile three-time winners Spain need just a draw at Sweden to qualify.

  7. Post update

    Switzerland v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

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    The draw with Georgia was undoubtedly disappointing for the Republic of Ireland, but the picture is far from bleak for Mick McCarthy’s side.

    Just one win from their two remaining qualifiers will seal their place at Euro 2020.

    That’s the upshot. However, neither game will be easy.

    Tonight they face a Switzerland side who need to win to keep qualification in their own hands and then they face Denmark – the team who denied the Republic of Ireland their place at the 2018 World Cup…

  8. Deja vu?

    Back in 2017, during qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, the Republic of Ireland were top of their group before being held to a frustrating draw by Georgia.

    They went on to lose their next game before ultimately failing to qualify for the tournament in Russia.

    On Saturday, during qualifying for Euro 2020, the Republic of Ireland were top of their group before being held to a frustrating draw by Georgia…

    .. but surely history will not repeat?

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