The Republic of Ireland have one last chance to reach Euro 2020 despite missing out on qualification through their group. 

A place in the play-off semi-finals - via the Nations League - now awaits. 

Sweden's 2-0 win against Romania last Friday ensured the place and there are now just a handful of potential opponents.

Ireland avoided relegation in the Nations League last year by default.

They could have dropped from League B to League C after finishing bottom of their group but UEFA decided to expand Leagues A, B and C for the next edition of the tournament so we survived. 

The knock-on effect of their Nations League showing is that Ireland have a European ranking of 23.

With most of the League A teams safely qualified for the Euros, McCarthy's men would be pitted against other League B countries who don't make it. 

Right now, our potential semi-final opponents are Wales, Slovakia and Bosnia.

Northern Ireland will also be in the play-offs but since they are the lowest ranked side along with the Republic of Ireland, the two can't meet until the final.

Wales play Hungary tomorrow night in their last Group E game.

If Ryan Giggs' men win they qualify automatically, if the Hungarians win then they progress; if they draw it could allow Slovakia to snatch second spot provided they beat Azerbaijan.

  • A Wales win means we're heading to Slovakia for a play-off semi-final.
  • If Hungary beat the Welsh, we'll take on either Slovakia, Wales or Bosnia. 
  • If the Slovaks qualify, we're travelling to Wales.

The draw for the play-offs takes place in Nyon this Friday, with the play-off semis on Thursday 26 March and the final five days later.

Ireland will be away for the semi-final due to their ranking; the higher-ranked team gets home advantage.

The home team for the decider will be decided by a draw.

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