What Ireland need in Poland on Sunday

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
O'Neill is one win from Euro 2016
O'Neill is one win from Euro 2016

After the euphoria of the glorious victory against world champions Germany on Thursday night, Ireland are heading to Poland with a clear target in their sights as they close in on Euro 2016 qualification.

Amid the excitement of the famous win against the world champions at the Aviva Stadium, there were shouts of delight as Poland snatched a late leveler in their clash against Scotland in Glasgow. 

In fact, that late Robert Lewandowski's last gasp strike was a hammer blow to Ireland's hopes of automatic qualification for the finals in France next summer.

Had Poland lost against the Scots, O'Neill's Ireland would be heading into their final Group D qualifier knowing a solitary point would do in their bid to qualify for Euro 2016.

Now Ireland probably need a win on Sunday to seal their passage to their second successive European championship finals, yet all these permutations will also be enough:

* If Ireland beat Poland they will qualify for Euro 2016.

* A score draw of 2-2, 3-3, 4-4 or any higher scoreline will also see Ireland into the finals in France, but a 1-1 draw or a 0-0 draw would be enough for Poland.

If Ireland are thrown into the Euro 2016 play-offs, the draw will take place on Sunday, October 18th and as it stands, these are the teams currently in the play-off mix with Ireland:








This line-up is likely to change when the final qualifiers are played out over the next few days, but there is a strong chance that Ireland would be seeded in the play-offs.