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In Pictures: Euro 2012 Qualifying

Updated: Thursday, 31 May 2012 18:23

Giovanni Trapattoni began another campaign with Ireland after the disappointment in Paris Robbie Keane endured a frustrating night in front of goal in Armenia Aidan McGeady tried to make an impression Paul Green featured for Ireland but his stock would soon fall under Trap' Keith Fahey's late goal proved crucial in a 1-0 win Kevin Kilbane leapt highest to put Ireland on the way to a win over Andorra in the Aviva But Kilbane was another player that wouldn't last the entire campaign The stubborn Andorrans were tough for Ireland to break down But Robbie Keane's goal sealed the 3-1 win The Boys in Green made the trip to Slovakia for another vital qualifier Sean St Ledger put Ireland in front A 1-1 draw was viewed as a disappointing result Robbie Keane's missed penalty contributed to that And he knew it cost Ireland Aiden McGeady gave Ireland the perfect start against FYR Macedonia Robbie Keane doubled the lead Despite Macedonia pulling a goal back, Ireland hung on at 2-1 and coped without the injured Kevin Doyle The return game in Macedonia was all about Ireland's record goalscorer Keane struck with 50th and 51st goals for Ireland in a 2-0 success And rightfully lapped up the adulation from the Irish fans A missed penalty from the home side helped Ireland and put them into a fine position ahead of a crucial double-header The dullest match of the campaign saw Ireland produce a poor performance, especially in midfield Richard Dunne managed to keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw With Keane missing one of Ireland's better chances Richard Dunne's memorable performance in Russia helped a fortunate Ireland gain a draw Dunne was battered and bruised after a brave showing Giovanni Trapattoni was a worried man on the sideline But Ireland hung on to keep their hopes of automatic qualification alive Kevin Doyle fired Ireland into an early lead in Andorra Aidan McGeady doubled the lead but that was as good as it got Ireland moved onto the final game just needing a draw to secure a play-off Luck was shining on Ireland as Armenia were reduced to ten men And Aleksanyan's comical own goal put them in front Richard Dunne profited from poor Armenian goalkeeping Kevin Doyle saw red for the first time for Ireland as they won 2-1 Jonathan Walters made an impressive cameo which helped his cause ahead of the play-off Giovanni Trapattoni urged his players to make their mark in Tallinn Keith Andrews deservedly put Ireland in front Stepanov's red card helped the Irish cause And then Walters got the vital second goal Robbie Keane wrote another chapter in his fine international career Raio Piiroja's dismissal piled on the misery for Estonia The scoreboard told the story of Ireland sitting on the edge of Euro 2012 qualification And the Aviva Stadium is ready to celebrate on Tuesday night
Giovanni Trapattoni began another campaign with Ireland after the disappointment in Paris Robbie Keane endured a frustrating night in front of goal in Armenia Aidan McGeady tried to make an impression Paul Green featured for Ireland but his stock would soon fall under Trap' Keith Fahey's late goal proved crucial in a 1-0 win Kevin Kilbane leapt highest to put Ireland on the way to a win over Andorra in the Aviva But Kilbane was another player that wouldn't last the entire campaign The stubborn Andorrans were tough for Ireland to break down But Robbie Keane's goal sealed the 3-1 win The Boys in Green made the trip to Slovakia for another vital qualifier Sean St Ledger put Ireland in front A 1-1 draw was viewed as a disappointing result Robbie Keane's missed penalty contributed to that And he knew it cost Ireland Aiden McGeady gave Ireland the perfect start against FYR Macedonia Robbie Keane doubled the lead Despite Macedonia pulling a goal back, Ireland hung on at 2-1 and coped without the injured Kevin Doyle The return game in Macedonia was all about Ireland's record goalscorer Keane struck with 50th and 51st goals for Ireland in a 2-0 success And rightfully lapped up the adulation from the Irish fans A missed penalty from the home side helped Ireland and put them into a fine position ahead of a crucial double-header The dullest match of the campaign saw Ireland produce a poor performance, especially in midfield Richard Dunne managed to keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw With Keane missing one of Ireland's better chances Richard Dunne's memorable performance in Russia helped a fortunate Ireland gain a draw Dunne was battered and bruised after a brave showing Giovanni Trapattoni was a worried man on the sideline But Ireland hung on to keep their hopes of automatic qualification alive Kevin Doyle fired Ireland into an early lead in Andorra Aidan McGeady doubled the lead but that was as good as it got Ireland moved onto the final game just needing a draw to secure a play-off Luck was shining on Ireland as Armenia were reduced to ten men And Aleksanyan's comical own goal put them in front Richard Dunne profited from poor Armenian goalkeeping Kevin Doyle saw red for the first time for Ireland as they won 2-1 Jonathan Walters made an impressive cameo which helped his cause ahead of the play-off Giovanni Trapattoni urged his players to make their mark in Tallinn Keith Andrews deservedly put Ireland in front Stepanov's red card helped the Irish cause And then Walters got the vital second goal Robbie Keane wrote another chapter in his fine international career Raio Piiroja's dismissal piled on the misery for Estonia The scoreboard told the story of Ireland sitting on the edge of Euro 2012 qualification And the Aviva Stadium is ready to celebrate on Tuesday night

Ahead of the second leg of the Euro 2012 play-off with Estonia, view images from the Republic of Ireland qualification campaign so far.