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Published: 10:17 | 18/12/15

Ireland draw Belgium in Euro 2016


The Republic of Ireland will face the world's top-ranked side Belgium, Italy and Sweden in Group E of the 2016 European Championships.

Martin O'Neill's side open their campaign against 1992 semi-finalists Sweden at the Stade de France in Paris on Monday 13 June, at 5pm Irish time, then travel to Bordeaux to take on Belgium on Saturday 18 June at 2pm Irish time, and finish up against Italy in Lille on 22 June at 7pm.

It is the second time in succession - after Spain in Euro 2012 - that Ireland have drawn the top-ranked team in the world at a major tournament.

The winner of Group E will face the runner-up from Group D in the knock-out stages, while the second-placed team will face the winner of Group F.

The tournament kicks off on Friday 10 June, with hosts France taking on Romania at the Stade de France in Group A.

Top seeds England start their Group B campaign against Russia in Marseille on 11 June, before travelling to Lens to take on Chris Coleman's Wales on 16 June, and conclude against Slovakia in Saint-Etienne on 20 June.

Northern Ireland will meet Germany, Ukraine and Poland in Group C, with Michael O'Neill's side opening their campaign against the Poles in Nice on 12 June, before travelling to Lyon to take on Ukraine on 16 June.

The Northern Irish conclude their campaign against world champions Germany at the Parc des Princes on 21 June, with all their matches starting at 5pm Irish time.


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