October 11, the last Euro 2012 qualification matches were held. Ireland hosted Armenia in Dublin and passed to play-offs. Qualification held among all European countries were the final stage of championship, that will be take place in June 2012.

By Hrant Mikaelian

What do they say about the game in Europe?
Team that hammers Slovakia away 4-0 must be respected — Independent http://t.co/alU6PEW3 #euro2012 #irearm #ireland #armenia #armeuro2012
October 11, 2011

And Irish appear not sure. Hm…
million dollar question? Ireland or Armenia?
October 11, 2011
Today could be the day I find out what I’ll be doing next summer. Armenia better not ruin it for me. C’MON #IRELAND
October 11, 2011
A draw against Armenia is enough to see Ireland into the #Euro2012 play off, a win & we are seeded. Come on you boys in green,abuuuuuuu!
October 11, 2011

And in Yerevan some of Armenians were preparing for the play-offs and revenge for the game held three years ago against Turkey… Since that time Turkey has become weaker and Armenia – stronger

We must have Turkey in our country and hit 4 goals http://t.co/CJrxpIpl
October 11, 2011

Some background: goals from the last games of teams, Oct. 7, 2011

Andorra – Ireland 0:2
Armenia – Macedonia 4:1
Before the game Armenians were optimistic. Those, who love football, came to Yerevan Opera House and watched game online on the big screen

But they were disappointed. 2 times…

First time at 26th min. – Armenian goalkeeper is dismissed from the field. It seems, he didn’t break the rules… Armenian team’s captain is sure that it’s because of judge’s mistake “against” Ireland couple of years ago…

Second was auto goal – at 43th minute. Fortune was on Ireland’s side 🙂

Finally, Ireland won, 2:1. Congrats, Ireland! But we’ve played very good also! Fans were glad

The best moments from the game
Finally, comments by British newspapers: Telegraph and Guardian
Republic of Ireland 2 Armenia 1: match report – Telegraph

So it is not only Thierry Henry who enjoys a slice of luck with a sleight of hand. Now the Republic of Ireland know how it feels to profit from the shortcomings of officials after securing a Euro 2012 play-off place at the expense of 10-man Armenia.
Richard Dunne books play-off place for Republic of Ireland

Here we go again. Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic of Ireland got the result they needed to advance into another play-off decider and the seventh in the nation’s history after a game shaped by controversy, comedy and dodgy goalkeeping.