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29.10.1997 at 00:00 Lansdowne Road Attendance: 32305
Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Belgium
Referee: Laszlo Vagner World Cup Play Off-match

Goalscorers
Denis Irwin (8)
Luc Nilis 29 mins;
Opening squads
Shay Given
Denis Irwin
Gary Kelly
Steve Staunton
Ian Harte
Kenny Cunningham
Ray Houghton
Andy Townsend
David Connolly
Mark Kennedy
Tony Cascarino
De Wilde,
Verstraeten,
Van Meir,
Vidovic,
Genaux,
Wilmots,
Van der Elst,
Boffin,
Van Kerckhoven,
Nilis,
Goossens,
De Bilde,
Verheyen;
Substitutes
Jeff Kenna
Lee Carsley
Tommy Coyne
Substitutions
Jeff Kenna -> Mark Kennedy (33)
Lee Carsley -> Andy Townsend (75)
Tommy Coyne -> David Connolly (81)
Gilles De Bilde for Luc Nilis 88 mins;
Gert Verheyen for Michael Goossens mins;
Yellow cards
None. None
Red cards
None. None
Match report
Match 334
Wednesday, October 29th, 1997

World Cup play-off

Lansdowne Road, Dublin

Republic of Ireland 1 (Irwin)
Belgium 1 (Nilis)

Ireland: Shay Given (Newcastle), Gary Kelly (Leeds Utd), Ian Harte (Leeds Utd), Kenny Cunningham (Wimbledon), Denis Irwin (Manchester Utd), Ray Houghton (Reading), Andy Townsend (Middlesbrough), Steve Staunton (Aston Villa), Mark Kennedy (Liverpool), Tony Cascarino (AS Nancy), David Connolly (Feyenoord)

Subs: Jeff Kenna (Blackburn) for Mark Kennedy 33 mins, Lee Carsley (Derby County) for Townsend 75, Tommy Coyne (Motherwell) for Connolly 82

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Belgium: De Wilde, Verstraeten, Van Meir, Vidovic, Genaux, Wilmots, Van der Elst, Boffin, Van Kerckhoven, Nilis, Goossens, De Bilde, Verheyen

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