Republic of Ireland face Estonia in Euro 2012 play-offs

Republic defender Stephen Kelly celebrates making the play-offs after the 2-1 win over Armenia
Republic defender Stephen Kelly celebrates making the play-offs after the 2-1 win over Armenia

The Republic of Ireland will take on Estonia in the Euro 2012 play-offs after Thursday's draw in Krakow.

Estonia, who beat Northern Ireland twice in their qualifying group, are at home for the first leg against Giovanni Trapattoni's team on 11/12 November.

The return leg will take place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on 15 November.

The other play-offs see Turkey up against Croatia, the Czech Republic take on Montenegro and Portugal face Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Republic to secure their play-off spot.

Estonia have never reached the finals of a major tournament and this is Tarmo Ruutli's side's first play-off appearance.

They finished 10 points behind group winners Italy in qualifying, with six of their points coming courtesy of wins over Northern Ireland.

The Republic emerged from a tough group containing winners Russia and the likes of Armenia and Slovakia to secure second spot by four points.

They have only reached the European Championship finals once before, in West Germany in 1988, but will be relatively pleased to have drawn Estonia.

Ireland have played in five-play offs before, winning just once, while their last appearance ended in acrimony when they were knocked out by France following a controversial handball by Thierry Henry ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

The two side have met twice before, with the Republic winning the the games in 2000 and 2001 by a 2-0 scoreline.

Already through to the finals, alongside co-hosts Poland and Ukraine, are Spain, Germany, Russia, Italy, France, Holland, Greece, England, Denmark and Sweden.

The finals draw is on 2 December in Kiev and the tournament runs from 8 June until 1 July next year at eight venues.