Who will join Ireland in the draw for Euro 2016 play-offs?
MARTIN O’NEILL’S men will join seven other third-place finishers from eight groups in next month’s play-offs – while the best third-placed team is granted automatic qualification to next year’s tournament.
Denmark, Hungary, Sweden, Slovenia and Ukraine have also finished third in their groups. Heading into Tuesday’s final group stage matches, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia presently occupy the remaining third-place spots.
Hungary and Turkey are also in the hunt to qualify automatically as the top third-place team. It is highly unlikely Ireland will be seeded for the play-offs.
The eight teams will be seeded into two groups, determined by their Uefa coefficients ranking. However, Ireland currently languish in 21st, behind potential play-off opponents Hungary, Denmark, Ukraine and Sweden, and possible third-place finishers Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Netherlands.