Ireland vs Ukraine: Time, channel, team news

The big games kicks off at 5pm.
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James Cox

The Republic of Ireland women's team are ready for one of the biggest games in their history against the Ukraine tonight, here is everything you need to know.

What's at stake?

Ireland can secure second place in their group with a draw, this would guarantee them second place in their group and a place in the Euro 2022 play-offs. A win would keep them in contention for an automatic place in the tournament as one is reserved for the best runner-up.

What time is kick-off?

The game kicks off at 5pm Irish time in the Obolon Arena in Kiev.

Where can I watch it?

Coverage on RTÉ 2 starts at 4.30pm.

How is group I poised?

Germany are five points clear at the top of the group and have more or less secured top spot.

Ireland are six points ahead of Ukraine but tonight's opponents have a game in hand.


This means even a point for Ireland will secure second place in Group I.


Ireland win: 11/8

Draw: 12/5

Ukraine win: 6/4

What happened last time?

Ireland beat the Ukraine 3-2 at Tallaght Stadium in October 2019.

Team news

There are no injury concerns for Ireland so manager Vera Pauw will have a full squad to pick from.

Republic of Ireland squad: 

Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (West Ham United), Grace Moloney (Reading), Niamh Reid-Burke (Peamount United)
Defenders: Harriet Scott (Reading), Keeva Keenan (Celtic), Louise Quinn (Fiorentina), Diane Caldwell (SC Sand), Claire O'Riordan (MSV Duisburg), Aine O'Gorman (Peamount United)
Midfielders: Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Jamie Finn (Shelbourne), Denise O'Sullivan (Brighton & Hove Albion - on loan from NC Courage), Alli Murphy (London City Lionesses), Niamh Farrelly (Peamount United), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Hayley Nolan (London City Lionesses), Ruesha Littlejohn (Leicester City), Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths)
Forwards: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Heather Payne (Florida State University), Leanne Kiernan (West Ham United), Amber Barrett (FC Koln), Rianna Jarrett (Brighton & Hove Albion), Kyra Carusa (HB Hoge)

What does the manager say?

Republic of Ireland manager Vera Pauw said: "We have prepared really well for this game and we will be ready on Friday for what will be a huge occasion for women's football in Ireland. A draw would secure a Play-Off but we know that we will not be given anything, we will have to fight for it.

"We are aware of reports of COVID cases in the Ukraine squad, but we are just focused on ourselves and following all of the right protocols. We have stayed in regular contact with our medical team and the HSE to ensure that all players & staff remain disciplined in this process and it is great that we have returned all negative results.

"The qualifying campaign has gone well so far for us and we have improved along the way, however this is now when it matters most. We need to get a positive outcome from Friday's game to keep the dream alive of qualifying for the European Championships in 2022."


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