Ireland look to carry on from their win against Azerbaijan as they face Qatar at Lansdowne Road this evening. It hasn't been an easy time for Ireland recently but winning in Baku could be a turning point in Stephen Kenny's fortunes. This match against Qatar is only a friendly so Kenny can experiment with his squad, giving a chance to players who don't play regularly. It should be a good game to watch. Here are all the details on how to watch Ireland v Qatar.
When is Ireland vs Qatar?
The match is on tonight, Tuesday 12th October and kick off is at 7:45pm.
How to watch Ireland vs Qatar?
Yes, the match is live on RTÉ 2. Coverage begins at 6:45pm.
It is also live on Sky Sports Premier League with their coverage starting at 7:40pm.
How are both sides looking?
Ireland come into this match after the huge morale-boosting win against Azerbaijan in Baku. It was Stephen Kenny's first competitive win as Ireland manager after 18 months in charge. It was one of the better Ireland performances in recent memory and they won, something fans haven't gotten to say too often.
Josh Cullen and Darryl Horgan are doubtful for tonight after picking up knocks against Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, Stephen Kenny has said that Caoimhin Kelleher to start his first game for Ireland tonight. Kelleher made his debut against Hungary after coming on at half-time for Bazunu. The Liverpool keeper has played a bit part for the reds in the last year but hasn't been able to get past Bazunu in the Irish pecking order. Stephen Kenny spoke about Kelleher's ability, saying;
"Caoimhin is a real natural goalkeeper, a terrific talent, he played ten times for me as Ireland U-21 manager and I'm well aware of his qualities.
He was just unfortunate the last season when he was injured and that opened the door in March for Gavin Bazunu who has been terrific."
While many wouldn't know much about Qatari football, they aren't the minnows they once were. They actually won the last Asian Cup in 2019, beating South Korea and Japan on their way to that crown. Their whole squad plays in the Qatar Stars League while also having a few nationalised Brazilians in the squad.
Qatar are above Ireland in the world rankings so it will be a good challenge for Stephen Kenny's men. It will be great to see the momentum from Baku continue.