After 24 years of waiting (since Stuttgart 88), the Republic of Ireland soccer team has qualified for the European Championships!!
The first leg against Estonia, finished 0-4 to Ireland. Most people thought it was over, but there was still the 2nd leg in Dublin.
This leg finished 1-1, with Ireland opening the scoring after 30 minutes. Estonia equalised with a long range effort from outside the box. I was surprised Shay Given let it in to be honest. I'd nearly start worrying about him....
Anyway, it is the first time Ireland has ever qualified for a major tournament, while having the 2nd leg at home! I'm glad to say I was there in the West Stand Lower Tier for this occasion!!
I can't wait for the draw now to see who we'll be playing in the summer. Friends of mine have already booked time off work and are in the process of booking their flights to Poland and Ukraine. All thats left is for the draw to take place (and Ryanair to triple their prices) on December 2nd and we should be good to go!!
Groups for Euro 2012 draw
Pot 1- Ukraine, Poland, Spain, Holland
Pot 2- Germany, Italy, England, Russia
Pot 3- Croatia, Greece, Sweden, Portugal
Pot 4- Denmark, France, Czech Rep, Rep. of. Ireland
Spain and Germany in the same group and its gonna be the group of death!!
Spain, Italy, Greece and Ireland in the same group and its gonna be the group of debt!!