Tuesday November 15, 2011 Play-offs Finished Aviva Stadium

Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Estonia

  • Ward 31’
  • Vassiljev 57’

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  1. Ireland seal Euro 2012 spot

    Ireland seal Euro 2012 spot

    Ireland reached their first major finals since the 2002 World Cup after a 1-1 home draw with Estonia sealed a 5-1 Euro 2012 play-off win. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Republic of Ireland
    • Estonia
    • 90' The final whistle sounds and Ireland are at the Euro 2012 finals. 1-1 draw on the night, but a 5-1 victory on aggregate. Doyle heads wide and that is the last action of the night. Party time in Dublin.
    • 89' No time to be added...we are in the final minute...
    • 88' Ireland fans singing the Fields of Athenry.....this will be their first European championships since 1988.
    • 87' Given wallops the ball out of the park. Not going to be much time added.
    • 86' Whelan heads out the corner before Saag wallops a shot over the bar from the edge of the area. Well over the bar.
    • 85' St Ledger stands up to block the shot from Saag at the back post.
    • 84' Dunne plays the ball out of the park. Ireland fans ready for a big party in Dublin tonight.
    • 83' An offside flag goes up against Doyle.
    • 82' Given with the ball at the back. Rolls it out. Looks like Estonia have settled for a 1-1 draw in Dublin.
    • 81' McGeady should have played in Ward, but drills the shot wide of the goal. A crowd of 51,150 watching this match tonight.
    • 80' O'Shea heads the ball away from Purje as McGeady breaks for Ireland.
    • 79' Ireland keeping the ball around the halfway line as the clock ticks down. Game done and dusted.
    • 78' Keith Fahey replaces Duff for Ireland.
    • 77' McGeady bounds beyond Jaager, but the cutback is poor. Easy take for Londak.
    • 76' Former Ireland defender Paul McGrath watching the action tonight as Ireland press on again.
    • 75' Kink just outside of the home box, but drags the shot wide of the target.
    • 74' Purje has a go at goal seconds later, but this time lifts the shot well over the bar.
    • 73' Vunk fairly hammers in that shot from distance, but Given dives to his left to claw out the effort. Solid goalkeeping.
    • 72' Voskoboinikov departs to be replaced by Purje for the visiting side.
    • 71' Cox tries to chip Londak from Doyle's cute little pass, but fails to get enough air under the ball. Easy enough take.
    • 70' Doyle fouls Teniste. Estonia with the ball deep in their own half.
    • 69' A huge cheer for Keane as he departs. Has not scored, but probably should have.
    • 68' Change for Ireland as Keane departs to be replaced by Simon Cox.
    • 67' Andrews chips it into the box. Dunne arrives, but his header is straight at Londak. We remain at 1-1.
    • 66' Vunk takes out Duff, who pulls him back. Booking for Vunk.
    • 65' McGeady with the cross from out wide, but he hangs up the ball and that is an easy take for Londak in the Estonia goal.
    • 64' St Ledger knocks the ball to Ward and then back to Doyle. Ireland would dearly love to sign off with a win here.
    • 63' Doyle showing some fine upper body strength to drive at goal. Gets the shot at goal, but Londak dives to make the stop.
    • 62' Saag on the ball, but O'Shea is quick to deal with the danger as he thumps clear the danger.
    • 61' O'Shea hammers a long free-kick down the park. Keane sees a shot blocked seconds later after great play by McGeady to play him in.
    • 60' Change for Ireland as Aiden McGready is wheeled onto replace Hunt.
    • 59' Small band of Estonia fans happy with that goal. Poor goalkeeping by Given to let that ball slip under him.
    • 58' GOAL!! Vassiljev thumps the shot at goal from 30 yards. Ball beats Given, and Estonia are level.
    • 57' Kink decides to thump a shot at goal from 35 yards. Low and hard, but wide of the goal. Poor attempt really.
    • 56' Kink replaces Lindpere for the visitors.
    • 55' Whelan picks out Ward on the run, but his shot is easily saved by Londak. Change coming for Estonia.
    • 54' O'Shea on the ball for Ireland. The home side just rushing their final ball at the moment.
    • 53' Saag has his pocket picked by Andrews, who proceeds to knock the ball down the pitch.
    • 52' Ireland have lost two games in their past 23 coming into this match under Trapattoni - to France and Russia. A formidable record.
    • 51' Vunk catches Andrews late. Duff seems to be in a spot of bother. He is limping.
    • 50' Vassiljev fouls Doyle and the home side have a free-kick deep in their own half.
    • 49' Vassiljev sees his shot charged down. Dunne lifts the ball forward for the Irish.
    • 48' Klavan holding off Doyle as Londak prepares to smack the ball down the park.
    • 47' Saag caught offside early on in the second period. The visitors toiling to cut through the home team.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second half. Surely a formality of a second 45 minutes.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break. Ireland lead 1-0. A 5-0 aggregate lead for the Irish. All going their way.
    • 44' Not going to be much time added to this half surely.just the one minute added.
    • 43' Duff with the corner, but all too easy for Klandak in the Estonia goal who takes with little fuss.
    • 42' Klavan tackles Hunt, and Ireland have a corner-kick.
    • 41' Doyle plays in Keane, who turns but fires it wide. Could maybe have left that for Duff but opted to go for goal. Goalkick to Estonia.
    • 40' Saag tries a little backheel but comes to nothing as O'Shea hammers the ball long down the pitch.
    • 39' Keane tries to cut a route to goal, but Estonia have enough bodies back to thump the ball clear.
    • 38' Driven in by Estonia, but Whelan dives to head the ball out of the danger zone.
    • 37' Dunne takes out Saag with a late one and the visitors have a free-kick out wide.
    • 36' Ireland fans enjoying the party as Puri overhits the cross. Estonia win a corner seconds later.
    • 35' St Ledger catches Saag late. Estonia have the free-kick around the halfway line.
    • 34' Voskoboinikov hammers a shot at goal from just outside of the box, but Given dives to make a decent enough stop. First save of the night.
    • 33' Ireland can just settle themselves down. There are surely more goals in this for Ireland tonight.
    • 32' Pretty awful defending by Estonia it must be said. The sort of horror stories that has haunted them in these two ties.
    • 31' GOAL! Ward scores for Ireland after Londak failed to hold Doyle's header. A 1-0 lead for Ireland. 5-0 ahead over the two matches.
    • 30' Klavan forced to head out the cross by Ward. Corner to Ireland.
    • 29' Keane caught offside again after going too early. Game really not going anywhere at the moment.
    • 28' Duff forced to race back before turning to thump it up the park. Good covering work by him.
    • 27' Ireland on the ball, and keeping it well. Hunt to Ward before Andrews picks it up. Neat play by the Irish.
    • 26' Vunk trying to knock a little ball through the middle, but ball flies out of play. Goalkick to the Irish.
    • 25' Rahn with the long ball forward. Little or no threat to the Irish goal as Given collects. All the time in the world to knock it long.
    • 24' Estonia haven’t lost a game in which they’ve scored since September 2010. Since that 1-2 defeat to Italy, all 10 of Estonia’s defeats have seen the visitors fail to net.
    • 23' Better move from Ireland. Duff with the ball across goal. Out for a corner that Saag knocks away.
    • 22' Andrews and Purje collide. Was a tough challenge, but Estonia get the verdict. Andrews lucky to avoid a booking.
    • 21' Change then for Estonia as Kruglov departs to be replaced by Purje. Not ideal this for Estonia with all their injury problems.
    • 20' More problems for Estonia with Kruglov likely to be departing the action with a groin strain.
    • 19' Decent header out by St Ledger before Dunne hammers the ball down the line for the Irish.
    • 18' Whelan tries to pick out O'Shea, but just overhits the pass. Estonia pick up the loose ball.
    • 17' Londak races out seconds later to hammer the loose ball away from Keane. That was almost the chance Keane craved, but not quite.
    • 16' Ward across to win the ball from Voskoboinikov. Corner comes to nothing as Ireland clear the danger.
    • 15' Jaager fouls Doyle. Ireland content to go backwards with it. All very comfortable for Ireland so far.
    • 14' Keane looks to put the pressure on Rahn, but he is offside as Londak knocks the free-kick long up the park.
    • 13' Whelan with the free-kick. Ball drops into the area, but easy take for Londak in the Estonia goal.
    • 12' Duff taken out by Rahn with a late tackle, and the left-back is booked with a horrid tackle.
    • 11' November 12 1996 (6-1 v Andorra) was the last time that Estonia won an international game by four or more goals away from home
    • 10' Kruglov forced to scamper across to knock the ball away from Doyle. Ireland continue to push forward.
    • 9' Voskoboinikov with another cross, shot or pass that flies out of play for a throw-in to the home side. Ireland well in control.
    • 8' Another chance gone for Ireland. Londak saves the shot from Duff, but Keane knocks the rebound past the post from five yards. What a miss that is.
    • 7' Almost the opener for Keane. Just failed to get the ball down from Doyle's flick-on. Londak does well to make the save as Estonia hack the ball clear.
    • 6' Voskoboinikov caught offside. Well offside there. Free-kick to Ireland hammered clear by Given.
    • 5' The last time that Estonia won an international game by four or more goals was back in September 2004 (4-0 v Luxembourg). Should not be a factor this evening.
    • 4' Klavan with a wayward pass, and Ireland are back on the ball in their own half.
    • 3' Duff on the ball for Ireland. Decides to try his luck, but fires the shot well over the bar from distance. Goalkick to Estonia.
    • 2' A crackling atmosphere in Dublin for this one. 52,000 fans watching this contest. Glorious chance for Ireland to put on an exhibition for their fans.
    • 1' We are off and running in this match. Ireland get the match kicked off.
    • 19.40 The national anthems of Ireland and Estonia being heard on the pitch and we are almost ready to go here in Dublin. Full house in for this one.
    • 19.35 Match odds for this evening: Ireland 2/5, Estonia 11/1, Draw 19/5
    • 19.30 Remember you can check out all the latest pictures from these Euro 2012 qualifiers at our match gallery that can be found below. Photo gallery
    • 19.25 Estonia haven’t lost a game in which they’ve scored since September 2010. Since that 1-2 defeat to Italy, all 10 of Estonia’s defeats have seen the Blueshirts fail to net.
    • 19.20 Tonight's teams - Ireland: Given, John O'Shea, St Ledger, Dunne, Ward; Duff, Andrews, Whelan, Hunt, Keane, Doyle////Estonia: Londak, Jagger, Rahn, Klavan, Kruglov, Teniste, Vuk, Vassiljev, Lindpere, Saag, Voskoboinikov
    • 19.15 Ireland have won all three of their previous matches against Estonia, keeping a clean sheet in each game and scoring eight times overall.
    • 19.10 Ireland last reached the European Championship Finals in 1988, but were eliminated in the first round. They last reached a major tournament finals at the World Cup in 2002.
    • 19.05 Estonia boss Tarmo Ruutli comments: "This is not an easy game and of course the first result was really bad. Maybe the Irish team deserved more to go to the finals, but anyway the game is the game. We start again from 0-0 and try to show interesting football, not just be there on the pitch, and try to make a good result."
    • 19.00 Ireland Giovanni Trapattoni is not taking victory for granted in this one. He said: "We must remember the qualification is not achieved yet. Because if we go in to the game with the wrong mentality, that could be more difficult to achieve the result and also we wouldn't be respecting our fans, who pay for the tickets. Secondly, (we wouldn't be respecting) our opponents."
    • 18.55 Estonia travel to Dublin without two defenders - Andrei Stepanov and captain Raio Piiroja - after the pair were both sent off in the first leg in Tallinn. Goalkeeper Sergei Pareiko is also banned after his booking late on in that match incurred a suspension. Manager Tarmo Ruutli has already pledged to ring the changes after his side's disastrous showing last Friday.
    • 18.50 Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has declined a request from his club LA Galaxy to return to the US early ahead of Sunday's MLS Cup final clash against Houston Dynamo, in order to feature in the second leg against Estonia. John O'Shea will replace the injured Stephen Kelly at right-back, while Stephen Hunt will take over from Aiden McGeady on the left side of midfield and Kevin Doyle will return from suspension to partner Keane in attack in place of Jon Walters.
    • 18.45 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Republic Ireland against Estonia from the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Ireland hold a 4-0 lead before this second leg.
  • Summary

    • 73' Vunk fairly hammers in that shot from distance, but Given dives to his left to claw out the effort. Solid goalkeeping.
    • 67' Andrews chips it into the box. Dunne arrives, but his header is straight at Londak. We remain at 1-1.
    • 61' O'Shea hammers a long free-kick down the park. Keane sees a shot blocked seconds later after great play by McGeady to play him in.
    • 58' GOAL!! Vassiljev thumps the shot at goal from 30 yards. Ball beats Given, and Estonia are level.
    • 41' Doyle plays in Keane, who turns but fires it wide. Could maybe have left that for Duff but opted to go for goal. Goalkick to Estonia.
    • 31' GOAL! Ward scores for Ireland after Londak failed to hold Doyle's header. A 1-0 lead for Ireland. 5-0 ahead over the two matches.
    • 8' Another chance gone for Ireland. Londak saves the shot from Duff, but Keane knocks the rebound past the post from five yards. What a miss that is.
    • 19.20 Tonight's teams - Ireland: Given, John O'Shea, St Ledger, Dunne, Ward; Duff, Andrews, Whelan, Hunt, Keane, Doyle////Estonia: Londak, Jagger, Rahn, Klavan, Kruglov, Teniste, Vuk, Vassiljev, Lindpere, Saag, Voskoboinikov

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