Republic of Ireland: a brief history of soccer heartache

Thierry Henry handles the ball before William Gallas scores for France in extra-time to deny Giovanni Trapattoni's side
Damian Spellman
The Republic of Ireland take on Bosnia-Herzegovina in the first leg of their Euro 2016 qualification play-off in Zenica on Friday night. Five of their seven previous attempts at making major finals via the play-off route have ended in disappointment, with the controversial handball by Thierry Henry which cost them a place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa the most heartbreaking of all. WORLD CUP 1966 v SPAIN Syria's withdrawal from qualification led to a play-off with Spain after both sides had won their respective home fixtures. Jose Ufarte's first international[...]

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