Euro 2024 Qualifying LIVE: Republic of Ireland travel to France knowing win could put them level on points with Greece plus updates from Northern Ireland and across Europe


Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for the latest from around Europe as Republic of Ireland travel to France and Northern Ireland hope to keep their Euro 2024 qualifying dreams alive. 


It’s already Slovenia 1-1 Northern Ireland! Andraz Sporar, who had a loan spell at Middlesbrough once upon a time, scored after three minutes.

But the Northern Irishmen equalised via Isaac Price in the seventh minute! It’s all happening over there.

Still goalless here though.

EARLY CHANCES! France 0-0 Ireland

3: Adrien Rabiot’s low, skimming shot is well fielded by Gavin Bazunu in goal.

A minute later, Kylian Mbappe sears down the left, outpaces Nathan Collins, and crosses it in… but Olivier Giroud’s shot is well blocked by big John Egan.

From the resulting corner, Adam Idah flicks it on when Bazunu looked well placed to catch it, but Mbappe hooks it over.

KICK OFF: France 0-0 Ireland

1: Good start from Ireland!

They almost instantly win a free kick as the livewire Chiedozie Ogbene is clumsily brought down. Enda Stevens swings it in… but it’s headed away.

Anthems being belted out!

France's supporters wave national flags in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2024 football tournament Group B qualifying match between France and Republic of Ireland, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, on September 7, 2023. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

History against Ireland

19 all-time meetings, and the last win for Ireland was back in 1981.

Of course, one of the most famous meetings was back in 2009, and the site of Thierry Henry’s infamous handball…

But let’s not dwell on that. Still a bit raw (understandably) for the Boys in Green.

A shame for Ireland that Brighton wonderkid Evan Ferguson is out injured. He’s a fabulous player. And it pains me to say that, as a Crystal Palace fan.

France unbeaten in qualifying!

Didier Deschamps’ men have won four out of four – a hard-fought 1-0 win against the Irish in Dublin, beating Holland 4-0, Gibraltar 3-0, and a 1-0 win against Greece.

Ireland were pipped by France, lost 2-1 in Greece, but beat Gibraltar 3-0.

Here’s how European Championship qualifying Group B looks…


Strong, aren’t they, Les Bleus.

The Hernandez brothers at the back, Tchouameni and Griezmann in midfield, Mbappe supporting Giroud and fleet-footed Ousmane Dembele on the other side.

TEAM NEWS REACTION: Republic of Ireland

Five changes for the Irish.

Duffy comes into a back five, as do Enda Stevens and Jason Knight at left- and right-wing-back respectively.

Alan Browne lines up in midfield, with Chiedozie Ogbene also in alongside Adam Idah up front.

James McClean, Aaron Connolly, Jeff Hendrick some of the players on the bench.

Some earlier results…

Lithuania have drawn 2-2 against Montenegro, while Finland beat Kazakhstan 1-0 away from home.

France looking strong!

Tough assignment for the Republic of Ireland tonight, eh? More team news reaction coming…

Soccer Football - Euro 2024 Qualifier - Group B - France v Republic of Ireland - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - September 7, 2023 France's Adrien Rabiot during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

TEAM NEWS: Northern Ireland

Lots coming up!

This live blog will mainly be focused on the Republic of Ireland travelling to France, while we will also have updates from Northern Ireland’s trip to the picturesque Slovenia and from the other games across the continent.

Teams can take a step towards qualifying for the European Championship in 2024 tonight…

Hello and welcome to tonight’s coverage!

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