Republic of Ireland seeded for Euro 2012 Playoffs
Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic of Ireland qualified for the Euro 2012 playoffs with a 2-1 victory over Armenia at the Aviva Stadium tonight, and thanks to results elsewhere will be seeded for Thursday’s playoff draw.
Needing either France to beat or draw with Bosnia, and Serbia to fail to win in Slovenia, the boys in green really had the “luck of the Irish” onside as both results went our way, and Ireland end up going into the draw as the 3rd highest ranked team, with Sweden qualifying automatically as best runner-up.
Bosnia’s draw with France in Paris sees them make the playoffs, but a 4-1 win for Czech Republic in Lithuania sees the Czechs leapfrog the Bosnians in the rankings to become the fourth seeded team. Despite claims from Eamon Dunphy to the contrary, the seeded team will play the second game at home. The matches will be played on the 11th and 15th of November.
The draw for the qualifying play-off matches for UEFA EURO 2012 will take place from 13.00CET (midday Irish time) on Thursday 13 October at the Sheraton Hotel in Krakow, Poland.
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