The Republic of Ireland's crucial Women’s Euro 2021 qualifier against Montenegro on Wednesday will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Montenegro Ministry of Health made the decision on Tuesday evening, less than 24 hours before kick-off.

A statement on the Montenegro FA website read: "The match will be played without the presence of supporters in accordance with the decision of the Ministry of Health of Montenegro related to prevention of import and spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

"The Ministry of Health made a decision earlier today (Tuesday), at the recommendation of the Institute of Public Health, to hold all sporting events, national and international, without the presence of an audience."

Ireland trained at the Stadion Pod Malim Brdom in Petrovac earlier on Tuesday as they attempt to extend their unbeaten start in Group I to five games and move a step closer towards qualifying for their first major tournament.

Ireland were 2-0 winners over Montenegro when the teams met in Tallaght last September.

Montenegro's last qualifier against Greece had an attendance of 53 people, although it was expected some Irish fans would increase the crowd number today. 

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