Last Updated at 8:40 pm, October 11th 2011
That's it! Ireland are into the draw for the Euro 2012 play-offs. On balance they deserve it, but it has to be said they rode their luck tonight. Armenia didn't deserve to lose and conceded two very, very soft goals, but they can take encouragement from their best ever qualifying campaign.
RED CARD! Kevin Doyle gets his second booking for a foul on Mkrtchain and the referee has no hesitation in dismissing him. Doyle led with his elbow in jumping for a header and did make contact, without intent. Tough call, but it's hard to say it's the wrong one.
St. Ledger grateful to be fouled by Movsisyan in his own box as Ireland make another change, Walters coming on for Cox, who hasn't had his best game.
Movsisyan spreads it to Manucharyan who momentarily looks a threat before Ireland clear. Armenia come at them again though down the right but once more it comes to nothing.
Perhaps it's more than cramp, that or coincidence, as he's off for Fahey.
Wild challenge from Doyle, who gets a yellow and will miss the first play-off game now. Armenia have a free kick 35 yards out.
That's McGeady's last contribution as Hunt takes to the field.
It's cleared and Ireland go back to Given eventually, who launches it forwards for Armenia to clear again. McGeady is then booked for a dangerous tackle and rightly so, while Duff is safe and sound.
Sarkhisov is on for Armenia as Ireland win a corner.
Duff goes down under a heavy challenge from Aleksanyan, who has a yellow card to go with his own goal.
GOAL Dunne! World class defending from Mkrtchain, who takes it off the toe of Simon Cox six yards out. From the resulting corner, McGeady finds space and the young keeper flaps at the ball, which goes past him and hits Dunne before going over the line. Two of the softest goals you'll see, but do Ireland care? No. They've got a play-off place.
It's lovely stuff from Ireland to open up Armenia but Kelly hesitates when in space inside the box, so they'll settle for a throw. Pizelli is off and Manucharayan is on in his place.
Omar says: Wow what a match! Not a great performance by Ireland lets be fair we were lucky but i'l take that with open arms! lets try and get another i reckon it will end 2-0 to the boys in green!
Sky Bet go 1/20 Ireland, 12/1 the draw and 66/1 Armenia.
Well, that was an interesting half that lacked quality in the final third and included a comedy own goal and a very harsh sending off. What it means though is that Ireland are on the verge of a play-off spot, leading as they are by a goal to nil at the break.
Petrosyan slides to collect the ball but keeps going and ends up with the ball in his hands, outside the area. He's booked and McGeady is over it.
GOAL Aleksanyan og! So unlucky and, well, quite funny really. Duff crosses and Doyle attempts a backheel, missing completely. It looks like the danger has passed for about 0.001 of a second as Aleksanyan's strange attempt to clear goes over the line. Incredible. He's devastated.
Very hard one to call but I think he's been hard done by - that hits him on the chest. Petrosyan is on for Malakyan to take over between the sticks. This is his debut at international level.
RED CARD! Berezovsky is off! Ireland throw one long and the Armenia keeper rushes out, even though there were two defenders challenging Cox. Cox shoots and the 'keeper raises his arms, outside the box, and is deemed to have handled it. Very tough to call even after a replay, but one thing is for sure - Cox handled it first!
The challenge was from Stephen Kelly and he's been booked, after advantage had been given. Pizelli is back on and from the restart he almost finds Movsisyan, but his touch around Given is heavy. The Irish stopper was excellent in staying on his feet.
Graeme says: hopefully cox proves us wrong, in my opinion in a game that counts for us we should go for someone who is proven at scoring goals , long and walters are those guys but still i say 2-1 come on you boys in Green!!!!!
And John in Dublin says: Gutted Shane Long didn't get the nod C'mon Cox prove me wrong. Andorra to stuff Russia lol Carlsberg don't do dreams...
Ciaran writes: I'm an Irish fan and I really hope they win but dont see it happening. I dont see why shane long is on the bench and jon walters is even better than cox but long is defo irelands best striker even with keane involved. ireland wont win in my opinion but i can see a 1-1 draw happening with long to score the equaliser in the last 20 minutes.
Omar from Dublin says: I have one question why is Cox playing ahead of Long? Cox and Doyle are too similar in my opinion, we need a quicker striker. I can see it being a 0-0 bore draw.
Sky Bet offer 4/6 about Ireland, 14/5 the draw and 4/1 Armenia. For what it's worth I can see the away side causing Ireland problems and getting a draw, one that would do for the hosts assuming Russia win.
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European Championship Qualifying
Tue 11th Oct - Group A
Kazakhstan0 - 0Austria
Germany3 - 1Belgium
Turkey1 - 0Azerbaijan
Tue 11th Oct - Group F
Georgia1 - 2Greece
Malta0 - 2Israel
Croatia2 - 0Latvia
Tue 11th Oct - Group B
Rep Ireland2 - 1Armenia
Russia6 - 0Andorra
Macedonia1 - 1Slovakia
Tue 11th Oct - Group D
Albania1 - 1Romania
France1 - 1Bosnia
Tue 11th Oct - Group E
Hungary0 - 0Finland
Moldova4 - 0San Marino
Sweden3 - 2Netherlands
Tue 11th Oct - Group G
Bulgaria0 - 1Wales
Switzerland2 - 0Montenegro
Tue 11th Oct - Group H
Denmark2 - 1Portugal
Norway3 - 1Cyprus
Tue 11th Oct - Group C
Italy3 - 0N Ireland
Slovenia1 - 0Serbia
Tue 11th Oct - Group I
Spain3 - 1Scotland
Lithuania1 - 4Czech Rep
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