Ireland will be unseeded for the Euro 2016 play-offs and could face Ukraine, Croatia, Bosnia or Sweden
It had appeared that the Republic of Ireland were going to be seeded for the two-legged play-offs in a bid to qualify for Euro 2016, although Bosnia’s presence has now squeezed the boys in green down the pecking order.
Therefore, Martin O’Neill’s team can now expect to face either Bosnia, Sweden, Ukraine or Croatia for a place in the finals next summer, with Ireland a goal away from going through automatically in Warsaw.
Bet365 offer even money about the Republic qualifying for Euro 2016 although it will be a tough task against any of the above quartet, with several spots still up for grabs over the next few days.
“Whoever we play, we will have as good a chance as them,” O’Neill said.
“Before we played Germany if you had offered me third I would have taken it. But that win gave us the confidence to come and play here.
“We had to go for it in the second half, I actually thought we might have got a second goal, and that would have taken us through. Right until the end we were there but we were perhaps lacking that cohesiveness.
“Despite putting a lot of pressure on them it wasn’t to be. But we are still in there, we can still make it. We didn’t make it but we are still fighting strongly.”
Only Denmark and Ireland are definitely among the eight teams, with Hungary likely to go through automatically in third place in their group unless Ukraine can somehow win in Spain.
Meanwhile, Wales are into Euro 2016 and William Hill go 66/1 about Chris Coleman’s team winning the tournament next summer, with Northern Ireland as big as 300/1 with Boylesports to claim a major shock.
England are a best price 12/1 with Paddy Power and the Three Lions are bidding to claim a 100% qualification record, with Roy Hodgson hoping that the team then improve on a disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign which saw them bow out of the group stage.
Poland are a 66/1 chance after beating Ireland and might cause a stir with Robert Lewandowski roving forward, with Germany favourites to win the tournament although their qualifying wasn’t particularly impressive.