Giovanni Trapattoni believes Ireland still have a 50/50 chance of making the World Cup despite losing the 1st leg Play-off at home 1-0 against France last Saturday.
The Italian feels Ireland showed in the 1st leg that their more than capable of causing an upset in Paris on Wednesday in the return leg.
For those Ireland fans feeling a little dejected from the result, look no further then at the video below.
Bulgaria beat France 2-1 in Paris back in 1993, as Gerard Houllier’s men failed to qualify for USA ’94. The same scoreline would send Ireland through to South Africa in 2010.
France only needed a draw to qualify, yet Cantona and co fell dramatically at the final hurdle in front of their home fans.
The French crowd are highly critical, even towards their own team, and so if France struggle to break down a resolute Ireland team in the opening half, don’t be surprised to see the home crowd get a little restless.
Ireland have had their fare share of mountains to climb down the years.
Playing away to France may not seem favourable at first, but if Trapattoni takes his team to the French capital and orders them to unsettle the likes of Henry and Anelka, the away side will soon have the backing of not only their own supporters but the home sides as well.
- Ireland beat Spain 1-0 en route to qualification for the World Cup 1990
- A Ray Houghton wonder-strike was the only goal in their 1-0 win over Italy at USA ’94
- Jason McAteer scored in front of a full house at Lansdowne Road as Ireland beat Holland 1-0 ahead of qualifying for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea.
- Lost 3-2 at home to Israel in their 1994 World Cup campaign.
- An injury time goal by Emil Kostadinov was enough to send Bulgaria to USA ’94 and knock out France in the process.
- A fantastic strike by James McFadden shocked France and their supporters as Scotland miraculously held out for the 1-0 win in the Parc des Princes.