Ireland Far From Finished

Prior to Saturday’s first leg of the UEFA World Cup Qualifying playoffs, the conventional wisdom was that the Republic of Ireland would be successful in the first leg at Croke Park. But leaving Dublin with a one goal deficit, many of the same commentators have written off the chances of Giovanni Trapattoni’s side.

But France has shown a self destructive tendency in qualifying for both the Euro 2008 Tournament and South Africa 2010. Scotland under Alex McLeish were able to steal a victory in Paris using a strong tactical setup which forced France to break down the Scots in the middle of the pitch

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