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European Championship Qualifying

Aviva Stadium 15th November 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: B Kuipers

Rep Ireland Republic of Ireland vs Estonia Estonia

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S Ward (32)

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K Vassiljev (57)

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By Jonathan Jurejko.   Last Updated: 15/11/11 7:08pm

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Dublin is getting ready for a party atmosphere as Republic of Ireland look to seal Euro 2012 qualification on Tuesday night.

Giovanni Trapattoni's side already have one foot in the finals after demolishing play-off opponents Estonia in a magnificent 4-0 first-leg away win.

Captain Robbie Keane's brace, after Keith Andrews and Jon Walters strikes, sent the whole country into dreamland on Friday night and should be enough to book the Republic's ticket to Poland and Ukraine next summer.

Only a collapse of Devon Loch proportions at the Aviva Stadium, against a side 24 places below them in the world rankings, would stop the hosts qualifying for their first international tournament in ten years.

But there is no hint of complacency in the Republic camp with the players firmly focused on finishing the job in front of a sell-out 50,000 crowd.

Carnival

Talisman Keane will lead out the side to a sea of green after a request from his Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy for his return was rejected.

Galaxy had hoped the striker would be allowed to link-up with his team-mates ahead of their crucial MLS Cup final against Houston on Sunday.

But the 31-year-old insisted he wanted to help his country over the line in what promises to be the most special night yet in the Aviva's short lifespan.

Supporters have been urged to create a colourful, carnival atmosphere with the Republic poised to reach their first European Championship since 1988.

And the vociferous crowd will be backing an almost full-strength side.

Trapattoni, who named his team on Monday, has made three changes to the side which triumphed in Tallinn.

The Italian has paired Wolves striker Kevin Doyle, returning from his first-leg suspension, with the available Keane up front, while Sunderland captain John O'Shea replaces injured right-back Stephen Kelly.

The only other change sees Doyle's club-mate Stephen Hunt handed a left-wing start instead of Aiden McGeady.

Confidence

Underdogs Estonia already face a huge uphill task and the Baltic state, which has never qualified for a major international tournament, must do it with a squad ravaged by suspension.

Skipper Raio Piiroja and defender Andrei Stepanov are both unavailable after being sent-off in the first leg. The pair look set to be replaced by Taavi Rahn and Ragnar Klavan.

Another blow for the visitors is the absence of first-choice keeper Sergei Pareiko, who is banned after picking up a yellow card on Friday.

However, boss Tarmo Ruutli has been boosted by the return of striker Sergei Zenjov from his own suspension as Estonia look to defy the odds with a remarkable comeback.

Republic of Ireland team to face Estonia on Tuesday: Shay Given; John O'Shea, Sean St Ledger, Richard Dunne, Stephen Ward; Damien Duff, Keith Andrews, Glenn Whelan, Stephen Hunt; Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle.

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Tables

European Championship Qualifying Group A

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Czech Republic 0 0
2 Netherlands 0 0
3 Iceland 0 0
4 Kazakhstan 0 0
5 Latvia 0 0
6 Turkey 0 0

European Championship Qualifying Group B

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Andorra 0 0
2 Belgium 0 0
3 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 0
4 Cyprus 0 0
5 Israel 0 0
6 Wales 0 0

European Championship Qualifying Group C

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belarus 0 0
2 Macedonia 0 0
3 Luxembourg 0 0
4 Slovakia 0 0
5 Spain 0 0
6 Ukraine 0 0

European Championship Qualifying Group D

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Georgia 0 0
2 Germany 0 0
3 Gibraltar 0 0
4 Poland 0 0
5 Republic of Ireland 0 0
6 Scotland 0 0

European Championship Qualifying Group E

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 0 0
2 Estonia 0 0
3 Lithuania 0 0
4 San Marino 0 0
5 Slovenia 0 0
6 Switzerland 0 0

European Championship Qualifying Group F

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Faroe Islands 0 0
2 Finland 0 0
3 Greece 0 0
4 Hungary 0 0
5 Northern Ireland 0 0
6 Romania 0 0

European Championship Qualifying Group G

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Austria 0 0
2 Liechtenstein 0 0
3 Moldova 0 0
4 Montenegro 0 0
5 Russia 0 0
6 Sweden 0 0

European Championship Qualifying Group H

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Azerbaijan 0 0
2 Bulgaria 0 0
3 Croatia 0 0
4 Italy 0 0
5 Malta 0 0
6 Norway 0 0

European Championship Qualifying Group I

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Albania 0 0
2 Armenia 0 0
3 Denmark 0 0
4 Portugal 0 0
5 Serbia 0 0

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