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Preview: Republic of Ireland - Serbia
World Cup Qualifier
07.09.2021 at 19:45 - Aviva Stadium

Republic of Ireland welcome Serbia to the Aviva Stadium for their third and final FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifier of the September international window.
6th Sep 2021

Ireland go into the game on the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw against Azerbaijan on Saturday in front of over 21,000 supporters.

Serbia come into the match on the back of an impressive 4-1 win over Luxembourg and as they look to continue their impressive qualifying campaign so far, which leaves them top of Group A, ahead of Portugal on goal difference.

Match Details

Fixture: Republic of Ireland v Serbia
Date: Tuesday, September 7
Kick-off: 7.45pm
Competition: FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifying - European Qualifiers
TV: RTE & Sky Sports

Team News

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has been ruled out of the Serbia qualifier through injury and has been Cyrus Christie called up to link up with the squad today ahead of MD-1 training at the Aviva Stadium.


A limited number of tickets for the Serbia match are available here.

Match Officials

Referee: Jose Maria Sanchez (ESP)
Assistant 1: Raul CabaŮero (ESP)
Assistant 2: IŮigo Prieto (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pablo GonzŠlez (ESP)
Video Assistant Referee: Alejandro HernŠndez (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Teodoro Sobrino (ESP)

What he said - Ireland Manager Stephen Kenny

ďI donít accept that at all. The confidence of the players: they displayed the confidence. Take the four matches that people are talking about in the campaign. In the games against Serbia and Portugal away, they are probably two of our best performances away from home in the last decade, without question. We lost 3-2 and 2-1.

ďAgainst Luxembourg, we didnít play well, it was a poor performance but we still didnít deserve to lose the game based on chances, we had more chances. The other night we dominated and we should have won well.

ďWe have taken the best young players that we have seen, probably, for a long, long time and we blooded a lot of players in that period. And you are not always going to get a level of consistency with that.

ďWe didnít not try to win the games. We went very close to winning in Serbia and winning against Portugal, away from home, we scored the first goal in both games, and played brilliant football in both games.

"Against Azerbaijan, it was a good occasion, the supporters were brilliant, we started brilliantly, couldnít get that goal, they scored a goal from 25 yards and defended deep, we threw the kitchen sink at them, so many attempts at goal but we missed the target. Our finishing could have been better, we have only ourselves to blame in that regard."

Watch the full press conference with manager Stephen Kenny here...

What he said - Ireland defender James McClean

"As senior players, we have been here a long time, we know how it works and the young players need to learn, so we just have to tell them, 'you know what, it's part and parcel of football, pay no attention'. "You've got young players out and I donít want to use it as a cop-out but these lads, this is their first time playing international football, this is a manager in his first time in international football.

"We are going a different path to what Ireland teams have produced in years in terms of style of football. "Not even that, you take into consideration the whole COVID thing, this is the first time these young lads are playing in front of crowds, and that spurs you on alone, so obviously Iíd ask for patience with him.

"Football, itís cut-throat, the mediaís harsh and I ask for a bit of patience. But when youíre not winning games, it falls on deaf ears and I can understand that."

Watch the full press conference with James McClean here...

Republic of Ireland Squad

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Portsmouth, on loan from Manchester City), James Talbot (Bohemians)
Defenders: Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Ryan Manning (Swansea City), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City), Liam Scales (Celtic), Cyrus Christie (Fulham)
Midfielders: Josh Cullen (Anderlecht), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Harry Arter (Nottingham Forest), Jamie McGrath (St. Mirren), Jayson Molumby (Brighton and Hove Albion), Alan Browne (Preston North End)
Attackers: Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion), James Collins (Cardiff City), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers), Adam Idah (Norwich City), Troy Parrott (MK Dons, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion)


H / A / N Matches W D L Goals + / -
H 4 0 2 2 3 - 5 -2
A 3 0 2 1 4 - 5 -1
N 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 +0
Total 7 0 4 3 7 - 10 -3

Date&time Comp. H / A / N Final score
07.09.2021 at 19:45 World Cup Qualifier H 1 - 1
24.03.2021 at 19:00 World Cup Qualifier A 2 - 3
05.09.2017 at 19:45 World Cup Qualifier H 0 - 1
05.09.2016 at 20:45 World Cup Qualifier A 2 - 2
05.03.2014 at 19:45 Friendly H 1 - 2
15.08.2012 at 19:45 Friendly A 0 - 0
24.05.2008 at 19:45 Friendly H 1 - 1
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