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Irish 2002 World Cup Qualifying Campaign

The Republic of Ireland soccer team was drawn in World Cup Group 2 that also included Portugal, Holland, Estonia, Cyprus and Andorra. In his third qualifying campaign as Republic of Ireland soccer team manager, Mick McCarthy, finally succeeded in leading the Irish to a major championship finals tournament. Qualifying from World Cup Group 2 was hugely impressive as the group contained both soccer powers - Portugal and the Netherlands.

Ireland Takes Points Away to Portugal & the Netherlands

In the two previous campaigns Ireland had lost out in the play-offs to both Belgium and Turkey. Before a football had been kicked in Group 2 it looked as though a play-off position was the best the team could aspire to. However after the first two matches Ireland had taken points from the Dutch and the Portuguese in two away scoring draws. In fact the away draw in the Netherlands was a disappointment as the Irish had held a two goal lead with just twenty minutes remaining.

Jason McAteer Scores Winner Against Holland

The crunch match in this World Cup qualifying campaign came in the second last match at Lansdowne Road (now the Aviva Stadium) to the Dutch. A win would assure the Republic of Ireland a play-off place at the very least. In an inspiring performance Roy Keane drove the Irish to a fantastic victory with Jason McAteer scoring the deciding goal in the 68th minute.

Despite beating the Cypriots 4-0 in the final match the Irish team could not overhaul the superior goal difference of the the Portuguese who scored 15 goals in their last three group matches. Ireland finished second in the group on goal difference thus qualifying to play Iran in a two-legged World Cup play-off.

Irish Play-off Ecstasy in Iran

Following a 2-0 win at Lansdowne Road in Dublin the Irish travelled to Tehran for the return match with some optimism. However this optimism was dampened somewhat when Roy Keane withdrew from the squad through injury. Despite a late scrappy goal by the Iranians the Republic of Ireland team held out to qualify for the 2002 World Cup Finals in Japan and South Korea winning 2-1 over the two legs.

Irish World Cup 2002 Qualifying Campaign - Group Table

World Cup 2002 - Qualifying Group 2

Goals F
Goals A

Republic of Ireland World Cup 2002 Qualifying Campaign - Match Results

16/08/0: Tallinn: Estonia 1-0 Andorra
02/09/00: Andorra La V: Andorra 2-3 Cyprus
02/09/00: Amsterdam: Holland 2-2 Ireland
Jeffrey Talan 70, Giovanni van Bronckhorst 83 - Robbie Keane 21, Jason McAteer 64

03/09/00: Tallinn: Estonia 1-3 Portugal

07/09/00: Andorra La V: Andorra 1-2 Estonia
07/09/00: Lefkosia: Cyprus 0-4 Holland
07/09/00: Lisbon: Portugal 1-1 Ireland
Sergio Conceicao 57 - Matt Holland 72

11/10/00: Dublin: Ireland 2-0 Estonia
Mark Kinsella 25, Richard Dunne 50

11/10/00: Rotterdam: Holland 0-2 Portugal

15/11/00: Lefkosia: Cyprus 5-0 Andorra

28/02/01: Funchal: Portugal 3-0 Andorra

24/03/01: Barcelona: Andorra 0-5 Holland

24/03/01: Lefkosia: Cyprus 0-4 Ireland
Roy Keane 33, 89, Ian Harte 43pen, Gary Kelly 80

28/03/01: Barcelona: Andorra 0-3 Ireland
Ian Harte 33pen, Kevin Kilbane 76, Matt Holland 80

28/03/01: Limassol: Cyprus 2-2 Estonia

28/03/01: Porto: Portugal 2-2 Holland

25/04/01: Dublin: Ireland 3-1 Andorra
Kevin Kilbane 34, Mark Kinsella 36, Gary Breen 76
Ildefons Lima 33
25/04/01: Eindhoven: Holland 4-0 Cyprus

02/06/01: Tallinn: Estonia 2-4 Holland

02/06/01: Dublin: Ireland 1-1 Portugal
Roy Keane 65
- Luis Figo 79

06/06/01: Tallinn: Estonia 0-2 Ireland
Richard Dunne 8, Matt Holland 39

06/06/01: Lisbon: Portugal 6-0 Cyprus

15/08/01: Tallinn: Estonia 2-2 Cyprus

01/09/01: Lleida: Andorra 1-7 Portugal
01/09/01: Dublin: Ireland 1-0 Holland
Jason McAteer 68

05/09-01: Larnaka: Cyprus 1-3 Portugal
05/09/01: Eindhoven: Holland 5-0 Estonia

06/10/01: Dublin: Ireland 4-0 Cyprus
Ian Harte 3, Niall Quinn 11, David Connolly 63, Roy Keane 68

06/10/01: Arnhem: Holland 4-0 Andorra

06/10/01: Lisbon: Portugal 5-0 Estonia

World Cup 2002 Qualifier Play-off Matches

10/11/01: Lansdowne Road, Dublin: Ireland 2-0 Iran
Ian Harte 45 Pen, Robbie Keane 50

15/11/01: Tehran: Iran 1-0 Ireland
Yahya Golmohammadi 90
Ireland qualified for 2002 World Cup Finals : 2-1 on aggregate

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