Euro 2012 play-offs

Ireland face Estonia banana skin

November 10, 2011
By Michael Huguenin
In the lead-up to last month's draw for the Euro 2012 play-offs, one team stood out. A country with so little football pedigree that it almost looked like a typing error amongst the other play-off qualifiers - a perceived free pass to the European Championships.

When Ireland were selected to face Estonia, the gasps of relief emanating from Dublin could be heard across Europe. This website claimed Ireland had "landed the ideal Euro 2012 play-off draw". Irish defender Darren O'Dea acknowledged ...

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