The Republic of Ireland's huge World Cup qualifier against Finland on 1 September at Tallaght Stadium has already been sold out.

Ireland are second in Group A, a point ahead of the Finns, with both teams having two more games to play.

Sweden have already won the group but the runner-up spot, and with it a place in the play-offs, is up for grabs.

If Ireland beat Finland they are assured of second place, and they are set to be backed by a record crowd for an Irish women's soccer international after tickets sold out over a month away from the game.

The current record attendance is 5,238 – when Ireland beat Ukraine in Vera Pauw's first game at the helm back in October 2019. That number looks set to be well beaten.

Last month Pauw aired her belief that the fans would come out in force for the Finland clash.

"I think it'll be easy to fill the stadium," she said at the launch of RTE’s Women’s Euros coverage.

"It will be massive. The fans always give us an extra push in those difficult moments. We expect those moments to be there against Finland. Let’s fill the stadium and get everyone behind us to push us over the finish line."

Ireland thumped Georgia 9-0 in their last outing in June. They end their qualification away to Slovakia five days after the Finland match.

The World Cup will be jointly hosted by New Zealand and Australia in 2023.

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