By The Numbers: Ireland v Serbia
The Republic of Ireland have played Serbia on four occasions and have a W0, D3, L1 record.
The number of goals scored in those three matches with Ireland scoring 4 goals and Serbia scoring 5 goals.
Only two players have made their international debut v Serbia: Damien Delaney and Glenn Whelan in the 1-1 draw at Croke Park on May 24, 2008 which was also Giovanni Trapattoni’s first match as manager of the Irish team.
This afternoon’s match is Ireland’s 45th home match to be played at the Aviva Stadium. Our record is W22, D12, L10, F77, A39.
Serbia will become the 11th country to play Ireland here at the Aviva Stadium at least twice: Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia (three times), Germany, Oman, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, Uruguay and Wales.
Ireland defeated Croatia by 2-0 in a UEFA European Championship qualifying match at Lansdowne Road on this date in 1998.
Ireland defeated Cyprus by 2-1 in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Nicosia on this date in 2009.
Liam O’Brien who won 16 caps between 1986 and 1996 celebrates his 53rd birthday today.
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