Top 10 Euro 2012 Play-Off Photos (From The Other Three Games)

Alan Duffy

12th, November 2011

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By Alan Duffy

While Ireland were thrashing Estonia in Talinn on Friday night, six other teams were battling it out for a place in Poland Ukraine next summer.

Slaven Bilic’s Croatian side are the closest to booking their place in the finals, after securing an impressive 3-0 win away in Turkey, courtesy of goals from  Ivica Olic, Mario Mandzukic and Tottenham’s Vedran Corluka. Turkey boss Guus Hiddink was booed by the home fans after the game and looks unlikely to keep his job past next Tuesday.

The Czech Republic also find themselves in the driving seat in their tie, after winning 2-0 at home to Montenegro. Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky was the architect of both goals, which were scored by Vaclav Pilar and Tomas Sivok.

Finally, Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portuguese team-mates couldn’t find a way past Bosnia & Herzegovina on a rubbish pitch in the equally rubbish Bilino Polje stadium. The game, which ended 0-0, was a rather mediocre affair but Portugal will still head into Tuesday’s second leg as favourites.


Turkey’s Burak Yilmaz climbs above Croatian Gordon Schildenfeld. That’s right, ‘Gordon’.

Spurs star Vedran Corluka takes out Hamit Altintop

Corluka celebrates scoring the third goal

The Croats celebrate the victory

The Czech Republic’s Petr Jiracek gets in front of Savo Pavlicevic and Simon Vukevic

Petr ‘Batman’ Cech is still number one

A Czech celebration. But who’s the geezer on the right in the hat?

Portugal midfielder Moutinho only has eyes for the ball

Senad Lucic gets physical with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Is he dead?

Photos: PA