EURO 2016

Republic of Ireland v Belgium - Past Meetings

EURO 2016By Sunday World
Denis Irwin celebrates his goal against Belgium in 1997
Denis Irwin celebrates his goal against Belgium in 1997

The Republic of Ireland and Belgium will meet for the eighth time in competitive matches when they line up in Saturday afternoon's Euro 2016 clash in Bordeaux.

Here are some of their more memorable clashes;

Republic of Ireland 4 Belgium 4 (World Cup qualifier, February 25, 1934)

In a remarkable game at Dalymount Park, Paddy Moore scored all four of Ireland's goals as they came back from 2-0, 3-1 and 4-3 down to snatch a draw courtesy of his 75th-minute equaliser.

Belgium 1 Republic of Ireland 0 (World Cup qualifier, March 25, 1981)

Eoin Hand's Republic side came within two minutes of a point in Brussels when Jan Ceulemans snatched victory with an 88th-minute strike to leave them empty-handed.

Belgium 2 Republic of Ireland 2 (European Championship qualifier, September 10, 1986)

Liam Brady's last-gasp penalty at the Heysel Stadium rescued a point for the visitors after Frank Stapleton had cancelled out Nico Claesen's opener only for Scifo to restore the lead 19 minutes from time.

Republic of Ireland 1 Belgium 1 (World Cup play-off first leg, October 29, 1997)

Denis Irwin's seventh-minute free-kick got Ireland off to the perfect start in Dublin, but Luc Nilis levelled before the break to give the Belgians the advantage of a precious away goal.

Belgium 2 Republic of Ireland 1 (World Cup play-off second leg, November 15, 1997)

Luis Oliveira set Belgium on their way in the return leg, but Ireland were back in it when Ray Houghton - so often the hero - equalised 13 minutes after the restart only for Nilis to win it in controversial style when referee Gunter Benko overturned a throw-in decision which left the visitors off guard.