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Euro 2012: playoff draw

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Turkey and Croatia will face each other for a place in the Euro 2012 tournament, with the play-off draw completed this afternoon in Krakow.

Estonia will take on Republic of Ireland, while Czech Republic and Montenegro will play one another and Bosnia and Herzegovina take on Portugal.

Turkey came second in Group A to Germany, while Croatia missed out on an automatic spot in the tournament by two points to Greece. Croatia will be looking for revenge after losing to Turkey on penalties in the Euro 2008 quarter final.


 

Ireland, meanwhile, lost out on automatic qualification to Russia in a tough group including Slovakia and Armenia. The side will no doubt be favourites to defeat Estonia, who beat Serbia to a playoff spot in the group stages by only one point.

Czech Republic will be hoping to get past Montenegro, but will find it tough, with both teams boasting top form at the moment. Czech beat Lithuania 4-1 in their last group stage match, while Montenegro took a respectable 2-2 draw against Group G leaders England.

And Bosnia and Herzegovina will be hoping that their form in the group stages, which took them to within one point of automatic qualifiers France, will come into play when they take on Portugal, who have suffered from poor form that saw them lose the top spot on their group table to Denmark in the last match.

The matches will take place between the 11th and 12th November, with the second-leg matches to follow on the 15th.

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