[QODLink]
Sport
History against Ireland in return
Twenty two years since Irish beat high-ranked rivals away as they travel to Paris.
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2009 16:50 GMT

Kevin Doyle reacts to a missed chance as Ireland lose at Croke Park [AFP]
Ireland must end a barren run of 22 years without an away win over high-ranked rivals if they are to claw back a 1-0 World Cup playoff deficit against France on Wednesday and reach South Africa 2010.

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni rated his side's chances as "50-50" in Paris after Saturday's defeat in Dublin.

The last time Ireland upset a higher-ranked team for a competitive win was eight years ago when a Jason McAteer goal beat the Netherlands en route to the last of the country's three World Cup appearances.

However, you need to go back 22 years to find the last away qualification upset when another single goal helped Ireland past Scotland in Glasgow and ultimately to their first international tournament at the 1988 European Championships.

"We have played only the first half. I think we can score on goal in Paris. We must have confidence," Trapattoni said after the first leg.

"We must play with the same attitude, put more pressure on them. We cannot allow them to play at their tempo."

Out of steam

Ireland ran out of steam in the second half on Saturday and despite not being out of the tie, do not play a game suited to chasing a game in someone else's backyard.

Nor do they have any recent results to back up coach Trapattoni's optimism, having drawn six of 10 games in their unbeaten group campaign with their two away victories coming in Cyprus and against Georgia on neutral soil.

Trapattoni intends to stick with the same team on Wednesday as he hopes to tear up the two-decade old form book but that will mean pacy Celtic winger Aiden McGeady, one of Ireland's few potential game breakers, will again be on the bench.

Should Ireland fail to trouble the French goal, calls will also resume as to why another of Ireland's few creative players, Sunderland's Andy Reid, was once more omitted from the squad.

Trapattoni remained resolute that his side showed enough on Saturday to prove they can turn the tie around.

"We showed all the people we can score and must go to Paris with this hope," he said.

"We must be positive. We have shown in other games we can score and can perform when we are not expected to win."

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.