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Ireland: 5 Things Their Euro 2012 Playoff Win in Estonia Taught Us

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Ireland: 5 Things Their Euro 2012 Playoff Win in Estonia Taught Us
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Ireland's 4-0 thrashing of Estonia in Tallinn has all but booked the Republic's place at Euro 2012.

Barring the most disastrous of capitulations in Tuesday's second leg in Dublin, Ireland will be preparing for their first appearance at a major tournament for a decade come the end of the season.

It was a win which not only serves as some small comfort for their morale-crushing loss to France two years ago—an extra-time defeat in Paris courtesy of Thierry Henry's now infamous double dribble—but also for every other time they have come up short in qualification playoffs.

In previous years they have lost two-legged playoffs to Netherlands (Euro 96), Belgium (1998 World Cup) and Turkey (Euro 2000) as well as France in their bid to reach the 2010 World Cup.

Here are five things we learned from that historic win at the A. Le Coq Arena.

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