Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland – first meeting for seven years

International FootballBBC Radio UlsterLiveUse the icon to listen to Sportsound Got a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreSummaryFirst meeting since Republic’s 5-0 win in 2011Both sides in poor form, one win in nine for Republic, two in 11 for NIRepublic manager Martin O’Neill faces country of his birthWhyte makes first NI start, Republic’s Brady starts after year outLive ReportingBy Emlyn BegleyAll times stated are UKPosted at 19:4119:41Post updateRepublic of Ireland v Northern Ireland (19:45 GMT)A lot of boos and whistles for God Save the Queen. You can barely hear Northern Ireland’s anthem under the jeers.Posted at 19:4019:40Post updateRepublic of Ireland v Northern Ireland (19:45 GMT)Both sets of players are out now and Irish President Michael D Higgins is shaking some hands.Posted at 19:4019:40Post updatePosted at 19:3919:39Post updatePosted at 19:3819:38NI can be relegated tonightRepublic of Ireland v Northern Ireland (19:45 GMT).Copyright: .We will also bring you goal updates from Austria v Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Uefa Nations League, a game with big repercussions for Northern Ireland.Northern Ireland are out of play-off contention and, like the Republic, need two results to go their way if they are to stay up.If Austria avoid defeat at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina tonight, then Michael O’Neill’s side are relegated. If Austria do lose today, then Northern Ireland must beat them by more than one goal in Belfast on 18 November to survive. A three-goal Bosnia win over Austria would mean NI could go through with a 1-0 victory.Posted at 19:3719:37Euro exchangesRepublic of Ireland v Northern IrelandMark SterlingBBC Sport NI at the Aviva StadiumFans from each country exchange tops at pitchside in recognition of the award the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland won for their ‘performance’ at Euro 2016. It’s been a week of both football associations coming together in joint initiatives, but it’s nearly time to get the ball out and get the match started.Posted at 19:3619:36’We’ve created chances recently’Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland (19:45 GMT)Both O’Neills have been talking to Sky Sports.NI boss Michael: “We’ll try to win the game. It’s always tough away from home. “Liam Boyce played very well in Bosnia. So he gets the nod again tonight. “We’ve created a lot of chances both home and away and feel slightly aggrieved we haven’t taken anything in the Nations League.Republic boss Martin: “Great boost [having players back from injury]. It’s nice to see Coleman and Brady back. We’d like to be competitive and win the game if we can – and get through trouble free. Players are playing for places.”Posted at 19:3319:33’Tonight’s game will have edge’Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland (19:45 GMT)Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill hopes his team can turn some recent unlucky defeats into positive results in this week’s games against the Republic of Ireland and Austria. “There’s going to be an edge. The players are very familiar with each other,” added captain Steven Davis.”With the way results have been for both teams in recent times, it’s an important game for both teams.”Video contentVideo caption: Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill says players motivated for Republic gameNorthern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill says players motivated for Republic gamePosted at 19:3119:31Live radio commentaryRepublic of Ireland v Northern Ireland (19:45 GMT)BBC Radio UlsterYou can listen to tonight’s game on BBC Radio Ulster. Just click play near the top of this page to do so. Or use an actual radio if you prefer.Posted at 19:2919:29Post updatePosted at 19:2719:27O’Neill expecting ‘occasional pang’ of conflictRepublic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill says he may feel the “occasional pang” of conflict.O’Neill won 64 caps for NI and captained them at the 1982 World Cup, when they reached the quarter-finals after famously beating hosts Spain.”I naturally had a great time with the North,” O’Neill said.Asked if he would be conflicted at any point, he said: “Having spent that time in the North, having been capped 64 times, I think there’ll be the occasional pang, yes.”We had a very, very fine side way back, particularly in 1982, and the night in Valencia will be forever remembered.”It was really great, beating the host nation, Spain, and getting to the quarter-final.”Posted at 19:2419:24Post updatePosted at 19:2219:22Quiz: People to manage against country of birthRepublic of Ireland v Northern Ireland (19:45 GMT)Kilrea-born Martin O’Neill, who has been in charge of the Republic since 2013, won 64 caps for Northern Ireland from 1971 to 1984.Can you name these other 10 people who have managed a national team against the country of their birth?Take the quiz here..Copyright: .Posted at 19:1919:19’Irish rivalry still intense despite united front’Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland (19:45 GMT)Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland players have attended a number of engagements together this week but Michael O’Neill says Thursday’s result will still be very important.Video contentVideo caption: Irish rivalry still intent despite this week’s united front in DublinIrish rivalry still intent despite this week’s united front in DublinPosted at 19:1719:17What a difference 25 years makesRepublic of Ireland v Northern IrelandMark SterlingBBC Sport NI at the Aviva StadiumWe’re just two days away from the 25th anniversary
of the infamous 1-1 draw between these sides at Windsor Park which secured the Republic’s qualification for the 1994 World Cup.It came just a few weeks after some of the most terrible atrocities of the conflict in Northern Ireland, the game is largely remembered for its hostile atmosphere.Twenty-five years on, there is, naturally,
still a big rivalry between the two sides, but the atmosphere in the Aviva Stadium before kick-off is nothing like what those in attendance at Windsor Park will remember.Just over 25,000 fans are expected for the game, with 2,000 Northern Ireland supporters making the trip. A handful have taken their seats behind the goal, but they have still to find their voice.BBC SportCopyright: BBC SportNorthern Ireland’s Gerry Taggart battles for the ball against John Aldridge during the infamous Windsor Park clash in 1993Image caption: Northern Ireland’s Gerry Taggart battles for the ball against John Aldridge during the infamous Windsor Park clash in 1993Posted at 19:1419:14’A great game for both teams’Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland (19:45 GMT)Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill is “really looking forward” to today’s game and says it is “too long” since the countries last met in 2011.O’Neill was speaking after he and Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill met Irish President Michael D Higgins at a Co-Operation Ireland dinner in Dublin on Wednesday evening.Video contentVideo caption: NI boss Michael O’Neill says Republic friendly is a ‘great game for both teams’NI boss Michael O’Neill says Republic friendly is a ‘great game for both teams’Posted at 19:1119:11Post updateCareful now…InphoCopyright: InphoPosted at 19:0919:09’And so the end is near…’Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland (19:45 GMT)Glenn Whelan wins his 85th, and probably final, Republic of Ireland cap today – and he will do so as captain of the team.The Aston Villa midfielder, 34, is not formally retiring from international football and says he will still be there if his country need him.Video contentVideo caption: ‘He’s really been excellent’ – Michael O’Neill pays tribute to Glenn Whelan’He’s really been excellent’ – Michael O’Neill pays tribute to Glenn WhelanPosted at 19:0519:05’Obafemi committed to Republic’Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland (19:45 GMT)The latest (for different reasons) Republic of Ireland eligibility issue relates to Southampton striker Michael Obafemi.The 18-year-old was born in Dublin to Nigerian parents, and raised in England – so could play for all three countries.Martin O’Neill called him up for today’s friendly but said he would be left out for Monday’s Nations League game with Denmark so he “wouldn’t be rushing him” into committing for the Republic.That led to fans presuming that meant Obafemi wasn’t sure about his international future.But his agent today said he is “100% committed to Ireland and is looking forward to an exciting future with the national team”.And then he has tweeted this in the last few hours…He’s on the bench today.Posted at 19:0219:02McClean and Duffy made good choice – NI bossGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesTwo of the current Republic of Ireland squad are former Northern Ireland Under-21 internationals born in Derry – James McClean and Shane Duffy.Players born in Northern Ireland are allowed to play for the Republic following the Good Friday Agreement.NI-born Darron Gibson, Eunan O’Kane and Marc Wilson have also played for the Republic in recent years.Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has previously accused the Republic of only approaching Catholics.But in the build-up to this game, he’s cooled his tone a bit.”The players made that choice and they had the right to make that choice. For Shane Duffy and James McClean it has proven to be a good choice,” said Michael O’Neill.”They have played an awful lot of international football, they have both played in a major tournament and it was a decision they wanted to make.”
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