Republic of Ireland to face Mexico in New Jersey friendly

Republic of Ireland will hope to enjoy goal celebrations against Mexico in the June friendly
Republic of Ireland will hope to enjoy goal celebrations against Mexico in the June friendly

Republic of Ireland will take on Mexico on 1 June in a New Jersey warm-up friendly in preparation for a vital World Cup qualifier against Austria.

The Aviva Stadium will host a friendly with Uruguay three days later and the Austria qualifier on 11 June.

The Republic top Group D after four games and are six points clear of the Austrians.

"This is a brilliant match for us ahead of the qualifier against Austria," said Republic boss Martin O'Neill.

He added: "Mexico in the United States couldn't get much tougher but it's exactly what we want.

"The players who may not have played for a while after their club season has ended will, I'm sure, relish the opportunity to play against such quality opposition."

Four meetings with Mexicans

Ireland have played against Mexico four times, drawing three and losing once, with two of those games on US soil including the 1994 World Cup group game in Orlando.

Mexico, currently 17th in the Fifa world rankings, are managed by Juan Carlos Osorio and are also preparing for their own World Cup qualifiers.

They will play in the 2017 Confederations Cup, which kicks off on 17 June in Russia and they are in Group A alongside the hosts, Portugal and New Zealand.

Ireland last played in MetLife Stadium in June 2014 when they took on Portugal, while the team has a memorable history in New Jersey following Ray Houghton's famous goal against Italy at the 1994 World Cup.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France431072510
2Sweden42116337
3Netherlands31115324
4Bulgaria3102510-53
5Belarus302125-32
6Luxembourg301246-21

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland33007349
2Portugal3201122106
3Hungary31114314
4Faroe Islands311126-44
5Latvia310214-33
6Andorra300319-80

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany44001601612
2Northern Ireland42118267
3Azerbaijan421124-27
4Czech Rep412124-25
5Norway410357-23
6San Marino4004117-160

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1R. of Ireland431073410
2Serbia42209548
3Wales41308446
4Austria411267-14
5Georgia402235-22
6Moldova4013211-91

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland4310105510
2Montenegro42119457
3Denmark42027526
4Romania41216425
5Armenia4103410-63
6Kazakhstan4022311-82

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England431060610
2Slovenia42204228
3Slovakia42027256
4Lithuania412157-25
5Scotland411268-24
6Malta4004110-90

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain43101511410
2Italy4310114710
3Israel43018539
4Albania420246-26
5Macedonia4004411-70
6Liechtenstein4004116-150

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium3300130139
2Greece33008179
3Bos-Herze32017436
4Estonia310247-33
5Cyprus300307-70
6Gibraltar3003114-130

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia4310101910
2Ukraine42207348
3Iceland42116517
4Turkey41215505
5Finland401336-31
6Kosovo4013112-111
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