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The former World Cup winners will travel to Dublin for the first leg of next month’s playoffs on Saturday, November 14, with the second leg in Paris four days later.
France are red hot favorites in many eyes to put Ireland out of the competition, even though Trapattoni’s team were unbeaten in 10 Group Eight qualifiers.
Until now that is.
Over the years he has always struck me as a little too forthright in his opinions, and a little too dramatic in his actions.
On Saturday night at Croke Park, Trapattoni’s Irish team committed not one but two sins that would be regarded as mortal in his native Italy.
First, they failed to protect an 87th minute lead goal from Sean St. Ledger against the world champions on their home pitch.