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SPOT-KICK SCOUT: Why penalties against Slovakia may not be good for Ireland

The last time the Republic of Ireland were involved in a penalty shoot-out didn't go so well, but how would we be fixed if tonight's game in Slovakia went all the way to spot-kicks?

The 2002 World Cup shoot-out defeat to Spain is the most recent example of a penalty shoot-out involving the Irish senior team, but there is the possibility we could see one later.

A draw after extra time and Slovakia and Stephen Kenny's side will kick from 12 yards for a place in the EURO 2020 play-off final next month.

Our own commentator for tonight's match Nathan Murphy has been crunching the numbers, and they don't read fantastically well from an Irish penalty perspective:

MATT DOHERTY:

"He said last night, 'I've been practicing penalties for the last two weeks, put me in boss.' Matt Doherty from what I can tell hasn't taken a penalty since 2012 when he scored for Bury against Southend in the second round of the FA Cup. But Matt has put himself forward."

SHANE DUFFY:

"He was playing for Northern Ireland the last time he scored a penalty, for the Northern Ireland under-19s in Bosnia 11 years ago."

JOHN EGAN:

Has never taken a penalty

ENDA STEVENS:

Has never taken a penalty

JAMES MCCARTHY:

Has never taken a penalty

Barnsley's Conor Hourihane scores from the penalty spot in a League One match in October 2014.

CONOR HOURIHANE:

"He used to take them all the time for Barnsley, but he missed his last one in 2016."

JEFF HENDRICK:

Has never taken a penalty

DAVID MCGOLDRICK:

"Was Sheffield United's penalty-taker in the Championship, but he missed his last one a couple of years ago and never got back on."

JAMES MCCLEAN:

Scored a penalty the last time we played Slovakia in a friendly

SHANE LONG:

Scored a penalty the last time we played Slovakia in a friendly

ROBBIE BRADY:

"Used to take penalties, obviously scored that goal against France [from penalty spot at Euro 2016], so you'd imagine if he's on the pitch he would take one as well."

15 June 2019; Aaron Connolly of Republic of Ireland during the penalty shootout during the 2019 Maurice Revello Toulon Tournament Third Place Play-off match between Mexico and Republic of Ireland at Stade d'Honneur Marcel Roustan in Salon-de-Provence, France. Photo by Alexandre Dimou/Sportsfile

AARON CONNOLLY:

"Has never taken one in senior football, but did score against Slovakia for the Irish under-19s from a penalty. He's taken four that I have records of and missed three of them, but the one he scored was against Slovakia!"

JACK BYRNE:

"If he's in the squad or on the pitch he would be in there..."

ADAM IDAH:

"When he scored that hat-trick for Norwich against Preston in the FA Cup, the last of his goals for the hat-trick was a penalty."

GOALKEEPER - DARREN RANDOLPH:

"Maybe a listener can help on this, it's not relevant for tonight. There's no record ever of an Irish goalkeeper saving a penalty at Lansdowne Road. It just never happened. But Darren Randolph did save one this time last year against Switzerland in the game which was a bit of a nightmare."

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