As it Happened: Rep of Ireland v Estonia

FT Rep of Ireland 1-1Estonia

Agg: 5-1

Aviva Stadium, 2nd Half

Live Commentary:

Full time! and the Aviva Stadium goes mad

90 mins That was the chance! Doyle nearly finds the net from a free kick but that’s it!!

87 mins Late rally here from Estonia but comes to nothing, the Aviva is rocking!!

83 mins Can we get this goal to celebrate our qualification for Poland/Ukraine? Little less than ten minutes to go, fans encouraging the Boys in Green

82 mins McGeady goes on a run before shooting wide, attendance a massive 51,000 here tonight

79 mins Duff goes off to yet another standing ovation and on comes Keith Fahey

77 mins Good attack from Ireland as Doyle flicks it onto Cox who in turn lays it to McGeady on the left but his low cross is dived on by the ‘keeper

76 mins It’s all Estonia and they are playing some good stuff but Puri shoots well wide in the end

74 mins Given makes a good save from Purje before one goes high and very wide

73 mins Final change for Estonia as Voskoboinikov who has been a handful is replaced by Purje

70 mins Ireland pushing for a winner with twenty minutes to go but Estonia keeping the ball well

68 mins On comes Simon Cox for Robbie Keane who gets a superb ovation from 50,000 fans

66 mins Vunk gets booked after taking Duff down on the edge of the area and from the free Dunne rises but straight at the ‘keeper

62 mins Doyle shoots but straight at Londak. Estonia look dangerous going forward now

60 mins Another chance for Keane as McGeady slips him in but is denied by a great block

59 mins On comes McGeady for Hunt, Ireland trying to up it now

57 mins Given will not want to see that one again as a long range shot by Vassilijev goes under him

56 mins GOAL! Ireland 1-1 Estonia, The captain pulls the visitors level

54 mins Again, everything comes down the left as Ward cuts in but his shot is tame. Estonia make their second change as Lindpere goes off and on comes Kink

52 mins Estonia with plenty of the ball so far in this second half, Ireland fans trying to lift their side as a few subs warm up below me

48 mins Quiet start to this second period so far as Estonia look to pull one back

46 mins Here come the teams, Estonia to kick us off in this second half. Fourty five minutes away from one hell of a party here in D4

HT: Remember to follow me on Twitter @RyanBailey37 for all the latest pictures from tonight’s game!

HT: Sky Sports’ hit show “Take it like a Fan” has been at the Aviva Stadium this evening, make sure you look out for that on your screens this weekend!

HT: That’s half time, a comfortable 45 minutes for Ireland but in truth could have scored more goals, be back in a short while!

45 mins Ireland just seeing off the half now as they pass the ball around midfield

43 mins Robbie Keane turns and shoots but it’s wide. More good play down the left as Doyle feeds Keane but he is cramped for space and pokes it well wide in the end

41 mins It’s party time at the Aviva as a Mexican wave sweeps the stadium, who would have ever thought we would see days like this eh! 5-0 on aggregate

37 mins Estonia have responded well to going a goal behind and a dangerous cross by Puri goes harmlessly wide but they are putting on some pressure

34 mins Estonia hit back though as Voskoboinikov runs at St Ledger and shoots but easy for Given

33 mins If it wasn’t over before tonight, this tie is certainly now! We are going to Poland/Ukraine, fans going mad!

32 mins From that corner, Duff whips it in for Doyle but his header is parried by the ‘keeper which falls to Ward and he has the simple task of slotting home!

31 mins GOAL! Ireland 1-0 Estonia Stephen Ward makes it 1-0

30 mins Good play from Ward down the left but his dangerous looking cross is headed to safety

28 mins Game being played largely in midfield at the minute with neither team able to create an opening

26 mins All gone a bit quiet here

22 mins Good play from Ireland on the break as Doyle feeds Duff on the left and his low cross is cut out for a corner which is cleared

19 mins Estonia make an early change but it’s forced as Kruglov goes off and on comes Puri

17 mins Stadium is rocking!  game slowed down now after a frantic start

15 mins A barrage of paper aeroplanes being chucked from the stands!

14 mins First real attack from Estonia but Ward denies Voskoboinikov and from the corner it’s cleared

13 mins Small pocket of Estonia fans away to my left making some noise but it’s the home fans with a superb rendition of the Fields of Athenry which is making all the noise

10 mins Estonia yet to touch the ball as Taavi Rahn picks up a yellow for a rash challenge on Duff

9 mins Great start for Ireland, should be one up

7 mins What a chance! Keane is nearly in put saved by ‘keeper and from a free kick soon after, the Galaxy striker stabs wide from a few yards

2 mins Ireland start the ball rolling with some nice passing before Duff shoots high and wide

1 min Ireland kick us off

7.42pm Incredible! We’re set, Ireland play in their usual green strip whilst Estonia are in their blue and black kit, 90 minutes from Poland/Ukraine

7.40pm Michael D. Higgins is here! He greets the players and gets a huge reception from a packed Lansdowne Road

7.37pm Nearly all set, here come the teams

7.30pm What are everyone’s predictions? Use the comments box below or Twitter here

7.25pm Warm ups complete, teams back in dressing rooms and the stadium filling up nicely

7.15pm Estonia: Londak, Klavan, Jaager, Kruglov, Rahn, Teniste, Lindpere, Vunk, Vassilijev (c), Saag, Voskoboinikov

7.11pm Expecting a full house here tonight, should be some atmosphere, let’s rock the Aviva!

7.05pm Both sets of players are warming up here at the Aviva and follow me on Twitter@RyanBailey37 for regular pictures from the game

7.02pm Rep of Ireland: Given, O’Shea, St Ledger, Dunne, Ward, Duff, Whelan, Andrews, Hunt, Doyle, Cox

7pm Hello and welcome again to live coverage of tonight’s Euro 2012 play-off 2nd leg between Republic of Ireland and Estonia, live from the Aviva Stadium, Dublin

6.35pm Both teams have arrived and just awaiting the official team sheets but as you know we already know how Ireland will line-up this evening

6pm Here we go then! Live from the Aviva Stadium

3.50pm I’m Ryan Bailey and I will be bringing you all the action as it happens. I am en route to Lansdowne Road and my commentary starts at 6.45pm but before then why don’t you read my match preview or get in touch with views and predictions via Twitter? Click here to use the “Tweet machine”

3.45pm Hello and welcome to live commentary from this evening’s Euro 2012 play-off between Republic of Ireland and Estonia, live from Dublin’s Aviva Stadium..


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