Republic of Ireland to face Bosnia in Euro 2016 play-off but Sunderland’s O’Shea to miss first leg

Republic of Ireland's John O'Shea tackles Poland's Robert Lewandowski during the European Championship Qualifying match

Republic of Ireland's John O'Shea tackles Poland's Robert Lewandowski during the European Championship Qualifying match

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The Republic of Ireland will face Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Euro 2016 play-offs - but Sunderland’s John O’Shea is suspended for the first leg.

Martin O’Neill’s side finished third in Group D behind world champions Germany and Poland, putting them into a two-legged knockout against a fellow third-placed side.

Opponents Bosnia were the next-best team after Belgium and Wales qualified from Group B.

They will be without Sunderland’s O’Shea though for the first leg of the play-off match though after his red card in their final group game against Poland.

Toon keeper Rob Elliot, now set for a run in the Newcastle side following Tim Krul’s season-ending knee injury, was on the bench.

In the other ties, Seb Larsson and Ola Toivonen’s Sweden take on Denmark in a Scandinavian derby, Ukraine play Slovenia and Norway tackle Hungary.

Matches will be played in next month’s international break.

The Republic have met Bosnia just once before, with the Irish winning 1-0 courtesy of a Shane Long header in May 2012 under previous manager Giovanni Trapattoni, having reached Euro 2012 via a play-off win over Estonia.