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Football: The finals lineup for Euro 2012 completed

The finals lineup for UEFA EURO 2012 has been confirmed after the play-offs concluded on Tuesday. Croatia, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Ireland and Portugal all completed aggregate victories to book their tickets for Poland and Ukraine, according to uefa.com.

Portugal secured a fifth successive appearance at the UEFA European Championship finals, keeping their cool to beat ten-man Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-2 in Lisbon following Friday’s 0-0 draw in Zenica.

Dublin was in full party mode on Tuesday night as the Republic of Ireland celebrated qualification for UEFA EURO 2012 after a 1-1 draw with Estonia (agg. 5-1).

Ireland’s ticket to next summer’s tournament had been all but assured following their comprehensive 4-0 win in Friday night’s first leg in Tallinn.

Croatia secured their qualification for UEFA EURO 2012 after a goalless draw against Turkey eased Slaven Bilic’s side through following their dominant performance in Istanbul on Friday, when Croatia won 3-0.

The home side were mostly comfortable in Zagreb against visitors who rarely threatened to haul back the three-goal deficit from the first leg. Aside from a blocked Colin Kazım Richards shot before the break, and a second-half effort from Hamit Altıntop which clipped a post, Croatia always looked the more likely to score and can now look forward to their fourth finals in five attempts.

The Czech Republic will compete in their fifth successive UEFA European Championship finals after winning 1-0 in Pod­go­ri­ca to complete a 3-0 aggregate play-off success against Mon­te­ne­gro.

UEFA has announced the seedings for the UEFA EURO 2012 finals draw at the Palace of Arts in Kyiv, Ukraine at 18.00CET (19.00 local time) on Friday 2 December.

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