Ireland have announced details for a second international friendly next year.
The FAI confirmed on Thursday morning that the Boys in Green will be facing off against Turkey on Friday, March 23rd.
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Despite the fact that Ireland failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year, and qualification for Euro 2020 doesn’t begin until March 2019, Martin O’Neill’s (assuming he signs that contract) side will still be in action in the newly-formed UEFA Nations League beginning in September, the draw for which will take place in Switzerland in January.
Ireland have faced off against Turkey thirteen times in the past, with a record of five wins, six draws and two defeats. The last time these two sides met was in May 2014 at the Aviva in one of O’Neill’s first games as Ireland boss. Jon Walters scored the only goal that day as the Boys in Green fell to a 2-1 defeat. Competitively, Ireland and Turkey haven’t squared off since the playoffs for Euro 2000, in which Mick McCarthy’s men bowed out on away goals after two draws.
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