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16th Oct 2018

There’s A Special Significance To Tonight’s Ireland Match At The Aviva Stadium

James Fenton

Ever since the Aviva Stadium officially opened in 2010, Irish football fans have been treated to a free-flowing brand of football complete with progressive tactics and plenty ‘where were you?’ moments.

Okay, maybe not quite but there have been some happy memories at the Ballsbridge venue. Shane Long’s winner against Germany in 2015 stands out as does the Euro 2016 play-off victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina. As for last year’s defeat to Denmark, the less said about that the better.

Tonight’s UEFA Nations League clash with Wales marks the 50th occasion Ireland have played at the Aviva since it was redeveloped from the old Lansdowne Road ground. With three crucial points on the line, what better way to celebrate than Martin O’Neill’s men clinching a first competitive victory since a win against the same opposition all the way back in October last year? We can only dream…

To celebrate the milestone occasion, the FAI has released a video of Ireland stars Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick participating in a quiz based around the short history of the Aviva Stadium. It’s fair to say the pair’s knowledge leaves a little bit to be desired and if you think you can do better, have a look at the video below.

Ireland v Wales gets underway at 7.45pm tonight on Sky Sports Football. If you’re not a subscriber and aren’t bothered going to the pub, Virgin Media Sport is showing France v Germany which isn’t a bad alternative to be fair.

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