Ireland and Croatia each have one foot in Euro 2012

Four places are still up for grabs at Euro 2012 after Friday night’s play-off fixtures with Croatia and Ireland already able to book their tickets to Poland and Ukraine.

Former Russia manager Guus Hiddink, who now coaches Turkey, suffered a 3-0 loss at home against Croatia.

The former CSKA Moscow forward Ivica Olic opened the scoring for the Croats just two minutes into the match. Mario Mandjukic doubled the lead in the 32nd minute and Tottenham forward Vedran Corluca sealed the 3-0 victory in the second half.

Nine-man Estonia were destroyed 4-0 at home by the Republic of Ireland. Keith Andrews opened in the 13th minute with the rest of the goals coming in the second half thanks to a brace by Robbie Kean and a strike by John Walters.

Irish fans were in the Estonian capital in force, just like they usually are at any international Ireland game.

Both Croatia and Ireland now have one foot in the final stages of Euro 2012, while the other two pairs remain undecided.

No goals were scored between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Portugal, and the newest national side, Montenegro, conceded two second-half goals to the Czech Republic from Vaclav Pilarz and Tomas Sivok. 

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