Dreams do come true – Giovanni Trapattoni’s Ireland will play Estonia in the play-offs for the European Championship finals.

Ireland will travel to Tallinn for the first leg on Friday, 11th November, then host the Estonians at the Aviva Stadium the following Tuesday night.

The draw represents a major slice of fortune for Trapattoni whose team could have faced Turkey, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro.

The Irish will be red hot favorites to qualify for their first Euro finals since 1988 on the back of this draw.

Trapattoni said: “It is extremely positive for Ireland that we will play the first leg away.

“We should not underestimate our opposition, or any team, including Estonia, to have made it through to the play-off, they must have quality and mental fortitude.

“Our build up to this stage of the competition has shown us the importance of organisation, attention to detail, and self-belief. That will be vitally important to us as we prepare for these games in November.”


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