Dublin - Triumph for Giovanni Trapattoni Irish, esteem for Estonia: With a 1-1 (1-0) in the play-off second leg against the blatant outsider, Ireland secured the ticket to the European Championship 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. The Irish, who for the first time since 1988 in Germany participate in a continental finals, had already provided with the 4-0 success in the first leg for a preliminary decision. Stephen Ward (32) put Ireland ahead, Konstantin Vassiljev (57) equalized for the visitors.
The 72-year-old former Trapattoni Trapattoni was still oracular after the triumph of Tallinn: "The cat is in the bag, but the bag is not yet tied." But his team made in Dublin from the beginning, no doubt who Mr. in the house is.
Ireland kept up the pace from the start, but had to wait until the 23rd minute before Robbie Keane of Los Angeles Galaxy had the first good chance. Only at the last moment prevented the Estonian defensive team the possible opening goal.
But in the 32nd minute it was time. After an unsuccessful defense from goalkeeper Pavel Londak Ward was on the spot and pressed the ball to the 1: 0 over the line.
The brave Estonians remained also after the residue at eye level and came to the deserved equalizer after the break. However, with the strong help of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given, who had a wrong shot by Vassiljev completely wrong and had to catch up.