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Play Off Here We Come

Tues 11th October 2011. Euro 2012 Qualifier
Republic of Ireland 2-1 Armenia.

It might not have been the most convincing win but Tuesday nights result in Dublin ensured Irelands place in Thursday afternoons play off draw for Euro 2012. Ireland got an uncharacteristic rub of the green when, in the 26th minute, a suspected hand ball by Simon Cox went unnoticed and as the Ireland striker tried to lift the ball over the advancing Roman Berezovsky, the Armenian keeper blocked the ball with his hands outside the area resulting in a straight red card. Just before the half time break Ireland got their second bout of luck when Kevin Doyles poorly struck shot was met at the back post by Valeri Aleksanyan and the Armenian right full slotted the ball into his own net to send Ireland into the lead.

Ireland doubled their lead on the hour mark when substitute keeper Arsen Petrosyan dropped Aidan McGeadys looping cross directly onto Richard Dunne who made no mistake from close range. While the home fans were still celebrating Armenia managed to set the nerves off again when Yura Movsisyans shot was too powerful for Shay Given to block and the ball went in off Givens hand to make it 2-1.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, Irish fans hearts were in their mouths again when Kevin Doyle saw red after being adjudged to elbow an Armenian defender.
But Ireland held out to win the game, finish 2nd on the group and qualify as a seeded nation in the play offs.

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Simon Cox has his shot blocked by Armenia captain Sargis Hovsepyan

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