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Ireland make sure with Estonia draw

Published: Tuesday 15 November 2011, 23.10CET
Republic of Ireland 1-1 Estonia (agg: 5-1)
Stephen Ward and Konstantin Vassiljev scored but the result was academic as the Irish celebrated their return to the EURO finals after 24 years.
by Darren Fullerton
from Dublin Arena

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Match statistics

Republic of IrelandEstonia

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts12
 
9
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target4
 
4
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
3
Offsides4
 
2
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
18
Fouls suffered18
 
9

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 15 November 2011, 23.10CET

Ireland make sure with Estonia draw

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Estonia (agg: 5-1)
Stephen Ward and Konstantin Vassiljev scored but the result was academic as the Irish celebrated their return to the EURO finals after 24 years.

Dublin was in full party mode on Tuesday night as the Republic of Ireland celebrated qualification for UEFA EURO 2012 after a 1-1 draw with Estonia.

Ireland's ticket to next summer's tournament had been all but assured following their comprehensive 4-0 win in Friday night's first leg in Tallinn and Stephen Ward extended their lead after 32 minutes. Although Konstantin Vassiljev drew Estonia level on the night in the second half, it mattered little to the raucous capacity crowd.

There was a sense of history in the making on an electric evening as the Irish rubber-stamped their return to Europe's big stage – one they last graced almost a quarter of a century ago with their historic first appearance at the 1988 finals in the former West Germany.

It was Ward's second international goal that got the party started. The opener came after Estonia goalkeeper Pavel Londak failed to hold Kevin Doyle's header from a Damien Duff corner, with Ward firing home from close range. Cue delirium among the home fans who had turned the arena into a sea of green with their replica shirts, flags and balloons.

Estonia, reduced to playing for pride, found a small consolation in the form of a goal by their captain, Vassiljev, who struck with a shot from distance in the 57th minute. It was a rare moment to forget from Ireland keeper Shay Given who seemed to lose the flight of the ball as it soared past his flailing arms and into the net.

It mattered little in the grand scheme of things, though, as the Irish regrouped to see the job through and the shrill pitch of the final whistle sparked a wall of noise off the pitch and scenes of jubilation on it. "Come on you boys in green" was just one of the chants from the crowd who gave Trapattoni and his players a deserved standing ovation.

A decade after their 2002 FIFA World Cup finals appearance, Irish football fans can look forward to seeing their favourites at a major tournament once more.

Last updated: 26/10/12 14.07CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2012/matches/round=2000113/match=2008829/postmatch/report/index.html#irish+back+stage

Lineups

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Estonia

Estonia

1
GivenShay Given (GK)
12
LondakPavel Londak (GK)
2
St LedgerSean St Ledger
3
RähnTaavi Rähn
Yellow Card10
3
WardStephen Ward
Goal32
5
KruglovDmitri Kruglov
Substitution18
4
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
8
VoskoboinikovVladimir Voskoboinikov
Substitution73
5
DunneRichard Dunne
10
LindpereJoel Lindpere
Substitution54
6
WhelanGlenn Whelan
13
VunkMartin Vunk
Yellow Card66
7
HuntStephen Hunt
Substitution59
14
VassiljevKonstantin Vassiljev (C)
Goal57
8
AndrewsKeith Andrews
15
KlavanRagnar Klavan
9
DoyleKevin Doyle
17
JäägerEnar Jääger
10
KeaneRobbie Keane (C)
Substitution67
20
SaagKaimar Saag
11
DuffDamien Duff
Substitution79
23
TenisteTaijo Teniste

Substitutes

16
WestwoodKeiren Westwood (GK)
22
KotenkoArtur Kotenko (GK)
12
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Substitution59
2
ŠišovTihhon Šišov
13
McCarthyJames McCarthy
6
DmitrijevAleksandr Dmitrijev
14
O'DeaDarren O'Dea
7
S. PuriSander Puri
Substitution18
15
FaheyKeith Fahey
Substitution79
9
KinkTarmo Kink
Substitution54
17
CoxSimon Cox
Substitution67
11
PurjeAts Purje
Substitution73
18
WaltersJon Walters
19
BärengrubAlo Bärengrub

Coach

Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA) Tarmo Rüütli (EST)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Erwin Zeinstra (NED), Berry Simons (NED)

Fourth official

Bas Nijhuis (NED)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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