Ireland’s competitive record against their Euro rivals
Ireland have lost all four European Championship meetings with the Dutch over the past four decades.
After the home and away defeats of Eoin Hand’s side in the 1982-83 qualifiers, Wim Kieft’s revolving head knocked Jack Charlton’s Boys in Green out of the Euro 88 final in West Germany.
Seven years later, the Dutch beat Ireland 2-0 in a Euro 96 play-off at Anfield, which turned out to be Charlton’s last game in charge.
Ireland’s two competitive wins over the Netherlands came in World Cup qualifiers 21 years apart, including Jason McAteer’s winner at Lansdowne Road in 2001.
France won the only previous Euros clash with Ireland, coming from behind to knock out Martin O’Neill’s side at Euro 2016 with a 2-1 win at Lyon.
The other 12 competitive fixtures have been staged as World Cup qualifiers, most recently the controversial play-off second leg in Paris 13 years ago when Thierry Henry took over to secure France’s progress.
All three matches between Ireland and Greece since 2000 have been friendlies. Ireland failed to score a single goal, losing both home matches 0-1 (2000, 2012) and drawing 0-0 in Athens (2002).
This is the third time Ireland have been drawn with Gibraltar in a Euro qualifying group.
The 7-0 rout of Martin O’Neill’s side in Dublin eight years ago remains the second-highest win in Irish history. Gibraltar failed to score in 360 minutes against Ireland.