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World Cup: play-off matches revealed

17 October 2017

Three City players will be hoping to head to the 2018 World Cup after the draw for the European play-offs were made in Zurich on Tuesday lunchtime.

Wes Hoolahan’s Republic of Ireland play Denmark, while Michael McGovern’s Northern Ireland and Timm Klose’s Switzerland will face each other for a place at Russia 2018.

The first legs will be played between November 9-11 and the second legs between November 12-14, with Republic of Ireland travelling to Denmark first and Northern Ireland hosting Switzerland in the first leg. 

Northern Ireland will be hoping for a fourth appearance at the World Cup finals – former City midfielder and manager Martin O’Neill captained them in Spain in 1982 – and their first appearance since 1986.

Republic of Ireland, who shocked Italy at Euro 2016 and lost only once in their World Cup qualifying group, have also been involved in three World Cups, while Switzerland will be aiming for their 11th appearance.

Republic of Ireland's clash with Denmark pitches two former City teammates against each other in opposing dugouts. O'Neill and Denmark manager Åge Hareide both played for the Canaries in City's Division 1 campaign in 1982-83.

The other two matches see Croatia face Greece and Sweden take on Italy.

Denmark, Switzerland, Croatia and Italy were seeded, while Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Greece were unseeded.

The draw for the World Cup finals is due to take place on December 1 in Moscow. 


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