The Group D cam­paign in num­bers

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0: No de­feat away from home (W3, D2) for the fifth time in a World Cup qual­i­fy­ing group (pre­vi­ously 1993, 2001, 2005, 2009).

0.8: Ire­land’s strike rate in Dublin (four goals in five home matches) is the low­est of any top-two team in the Euro­pean qual­i­fiers.

1: Darren Ran­dolph was the only player of 27 used by Martin O’neill to start all 10 matches.

1.2: Ire­land’s av­er­age strike rate is the same as that of Gio­vanni Tra­p­at­toni’s team, which also reached the play-off round eight years ago (12 goals in 10 matches).

4: Goals make James Mcclean Ire­land’s top scorer (all in the sec­ond half of away matches).

5: Dif­fer­ent cap­tains: Sea­mus Cole­man (five), Glenn Whe­lan (two), David Meyler (two) and Jon Wal­ters (one).

5: Of 12 goals scored in the first half (all in­side 19 min­utes, and four in­side the first four min­utes).

7: Goals scored in the sec­ond half (three in­side the last 15 min­utes).

7: Goalscor­ers, Mcclean four, Daryl Mur­phy three, Jeff Hen­drick, Cole­man, Shane Long, Wal­ters, and Shane Duffy (one each).

8: Points won at home of a pos­si­ble 15, com­pared with 11/15 in five away matches.

19: Points is Ire­land’s high­est to­tal in a World Cup qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign since 2001 (when Mick Mccarthy’s un­beaten team amassed 21).

22: Yel­low cards led to five sus­pen­sions (and 11 play­ers at risk of miss­ing the sec­ond leg of the play-off).

46%: Ire­land’s win rate in 26 com­pet­i­tive matches un­der Martin O’neill (W12, D9, L5).

Com­piled by Paul Kelly

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