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Ireland drawn to face Bosnia

Bosnia will provide a tough test for Martin O'Neill's men
Bosnia will provide a tough test for Martin O'Neill's men

Ireland have been drawn to face Bosnia in the play-offs for Euro 2016.

Martin O'Neill's men were hoping to be drawn against Hungary but will instead have to overcome the challenge of Bosnia and Herzegovina to reach Euro 2016 in France next summer.

Ireland are away for the first leg on Friday November 13 and will have to play without suspended captain John O'Shea and Jon Walters.

The return leg is three days later, on Monday November 16.

The Bosnians will not relish the challenge of coming to a packed Aviva Stadium for that second leg after Ireland's recent victory over World Champions Germany.

Bosnia finished third in Group B behind Belgium and Wales.

Ireland can also take heart from the fact that Bosnia were beaten 3-0 in Israel and also lost at home to Cyprus during their qualification campaign.

Ireland have played Bosnia and Herzegovina just once, in 2012, when they won a friendly 1-0, with Shane Long the scorer.

The rest of the draw sees Ukraine face Slovenia, Sweden against neighbours Denmark, while Norway face Hungary.