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Keano to face France

Posted on 19 October 2009  - 12:00

Robbie Keane's Republic of Ireland will face France next month for a place in the World Cup Finals.

Robbie Keane's Republic of Ireland will face France next month for a place in the World Cup Finals.

Meanwhile, fellow striker Roman Pavlyuchenko's Russia will take on Slovenia after the play-offs were drawn on Monday afternoon.

The Republic's record goalscorer, Robbie captained his country to second spot in Group Eight of European qualifying for next summer's finals in South Africa. They were unbeaten in 10 matches, winning four, drawing six.

France, runners-up to Italy in the 2006 finals, were second to Serbia in Group Seven.

Russia lost a key game against Germany in Group Four of qualifying and were eventually second by four points. Slovenia were runners-up in Group Three.

The play-offs - played on a two-legged, home and away basis - take place on Saturday, November 14 and Wednesday, November 18.

The full play-off draw is as follows...

Republic of Ireland v France
Portugal v Bosnia
Greece v Ukraine
Russia v Slovenia

The top four nations in the draw were seeded according to the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, published on October 16. France (ranked number 9), Portugal (10), Russia (12) and Greece (16) were placed in Pot One and were drawn with the teams in Pot Two, Ukraine (22), Republic of Ireland (34), Bosnia Herzegovina (42) and Slovenia (49).