TALLINN, ESTONIA - NOVEMBER 11: Andrei Stepanov of Estonia is sent off for the tackle on Robbie Keane of Republic of Ireland during the Estonia and Republic of Ireland, EURO 2012 qualifier, play off first leg at the A Le Coq Arena on November 11, 2011 in Tallinn, Estonia. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Croatia, Czech Republic And Ireland Grab Big Wins

Croatia, Czech Republic and Irelandhave put up big wins, while Bosnia-Herzegovina and Portugal drew 0-0

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Portugal Vs. Bosnia, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Preview

Both Portugal and Bosnia-Herzegovina probably spent good chunks of the weekend fretting about the misses that could have earned either side the win in the first leg of their playoff tie last Friday, but thanks to both sides' profligacy in front of goal this playoff series is still very much in the balance. Considering what happened in the other Euro 2012 matches we were graced with on Friday, the rest of us are probably glad that none of Cristiano Ronaldo, Helder Postiga and Vedad Ibesevic could find the net in Sarajevo.

Who has the advantage going into Lisbon? It's hard to say. Portugal now have the benefit of playing at home, but then again they have no opportunity to get an away goal - if Bosnia score early, things are going to be very dicey indeed. Neither team looked to have a huge edge on the other on Friday, but the pitch was in pretty poor condition and that undoubtedly hindered Portugal's more technical game. Both sides have plenty of room to improve as well: Ronaldo wasn't his usual self and Edin Dzeko was very subdued for most of the evening, making it very difficult for Bosnia to turn midfield possession into incisive attack for all but the last thirty minutes of the match.

Portugal's best chances came from the channels, particularly the left, and since there hasn't been much time to adjust personnel one would expect the hosts to be hitting Bosnia hard in those gaps once more. Ultimately, it's more important for Portugal to prevent their guest from scoring than it is to score themselves, and that will probably be mostly down to the performance of the midfield, who weren't really very good at recovering and recirculating the ball when it was lost in Bosnia's half on Friday.

Portugal are a team packed full of excellent players, but they haven't really shown their stuff in a very long time and Bosnia have a real chance of snatching a win. So, with everything in the balance, get ready for an intense match. Catch the game at 9:00 PM GMT (4:00 PM EST) at the Estadio da Luz

Portugal vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina kicks off at 4:00 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN3 in the USA. We'll have live coverage of this and every Euro 2012 qualifying match in our Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs, Second Legs StoryStream. For more on the entire world of football, visit SB Nation Soccer.

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Ireland Vs. Estonia, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Preview

Congratulations to Ireland for qualifying for Euro 2012. Granted, they did so by being better than Estonia, which is only a little more impressive than having a better economy than Greece or a better football team than the Indianapolis Colts*. Also Ireland, the Faroe Islands beat Estonia when Estonia fielded eleven men, which is two more than the nine the hosts ended up with last Friday.

*Trying this American football referencing thing. Did I do it right?

That's not to say that Ireland played badly (they were very good) or don't deserve their spot in the summer's finals, but the fact of the matter is that Estonia were and are an awful team and that quickly spoiled any sense of competition in this tie. A 4-0 win away from home dispelled the rest of the mystery pretty quickly, leaving one (and only one) interesting storyline: Robbie Keane refused to return to Los Angeles to prepare for the Galaxy's MLS Cup final against the Houston Dynamo so he could focus on this game. When I think 'good captaining' I think 'pointless gestures', so well done Robbie.

Ireland's team has already been announced, with Roberto Trappatoni making three changes from the side that went all demolishy last Friday: Shay Given; John O'Shea, Richard Dunne, Sean St. Ledger, Stephen Ward; Damien Duff, Glenn Whelan, Keith Andrews, Stephen Hunt; Kevin Doyle, Robbie Keane.

Ireland vs. Estonia kicks off at 2:45 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN3 in the USA. We'll have live coverage of this and every Euro 2012 qualifying match in our Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs, Second Legs StoryStream. For more on the entire world of football, visit SB Nation Soccer.

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Estonia Vs. Ireland, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Full Time, Ireland Clinch 4-0 Victory Over Nine Man Estonia

"A fourth goal, and Estonia can cancel the flight to Dublin and not turn up next week." I'm not sure if this is actually allowed by UEFA, Mr. Commentator, but it would likely save Estonia plenty of kroons and an utterly pointless match. With Robbie Keane's penalty conversion in the 89th minute, Ireland cemented a 4-0 away win, and are off home to start booking flights to Poland and hotel rooms in Ukraine.

The Boys in Green started the match off right, with Keith Andrews scoring in the 13th minute. Estonia failed to adequately close down Aidan McGeady, allowing the winger to chip the ball over the head of the defenders to where Andrews was lurking at the far post.

Estonia came alive then, swarming Shay Given's goal, with Ireland content to simply sit back and defend. But the beginning of the end came in the 39th minute, when Andrei Stepanov, already on a yellow card, committed a nasty challenge on Keane. The referee pulled yellow, then red, and the defender was sent off.

Surprisingly -- or perhaps not so surprisingly for regular watchers of Ireland -- when play resumed after halftime, it was difficult to tell which side had the man advantage. Estonia kept plenty of possession, and Given was forced into at least one decent save. But then things really started to melt down for the Sinisärgid

It was just a little slip-up, really, by goalkeeper Enar Jaager, when blocking a shot -- but his spill landed straight at the feet of Keane. In a move nearly identical to that of McGeady in the first half, the forward chipped the ball across the goal, where Jonathan Walters headed it down and in. Just three minutes later, Keane himself added a third goal for Ireland.

As if that weren't bad enough, defender Raio Piiroja stuck out his hand to stop the ball, and with that action immediately spotted by the referee, was also sent off with a second yellow. Fortunately, with the score at 3-0, Estonia really didn't need any defenders.

But in the 89th minute it was all over, with the aforementioned Keane penalty conversion. Even with Giovanni Trappatoni's predilection for spectacular screw-ups, it seems there's no way Ireland aren't on their way to Euro 2012.

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Estonia Vs. Ireland Live, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Ireland Lead 10-Man Estonia 3-0

For a significant percentage of the second half between Estonia and Ireland, it was difficult to discern which team had just ten men on the pitch. Andrei Stepanov was sent off on a second yellow card before halftime, but it was Ireland that looked to be chasing the match, despite being a goal up.

That all changed in the 69th minute with the goal by Jonathan Walters, standing in for Kevin Doyle up front. Robbie Keane sent in a shot, but Estonia Enar Jaager was able to push it away. Unfortunately for the home side, it fell once again to Keane, who neatly chipped it across the goal, where Walters was able to easily head it down and in. In fact, it looked eerily similar to Keith Andrews's goal in the first half.

Just three minutes later, Keane himself put it away, which must surely put the match out of reach for Estonia. And with three away goals, Ireland have almost certainly booked their place in Euro 2012.

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Turkey Vs. Croatia, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Croatia Cruise To 3-0 Away Win

Things just didn't go Turkey's way in the first leg of their Euro 2012 playoff as they were demolished 3-0 at home by a rampant Croatia. The scoreline means that Guus Hiddink's side is almost certainly not going to make it through to the finals, and they don't have anyone to blame but themselves - specifically the defence and Fenerbache goalkeeper Volkan Demirel, who contrived to shoot themselves in each foot and then once in the arm for good measure.

Within two minutes of kickoff, Croatia had the lead, with Vedran Corluka skipping free down the left and sending in a dangerous-looking low cross that Demirel should have dealt with. Instead, the veteran merely pushed the ball to Ivica Olic, who lashed home from three yards for the opener. Turkey threw everything but the kitchen sink at Croatia to try to equalise, but despite monopolising possession hardly made a dent in the visitors' defence - and it became abundantly clear that their own was fairly fragile when Croatia put together a rare attack and scored their second.

A bouncing ball into the box wasn't cleared, Luka Modric was able to ferry the ball wide to Darijo Srna, and the Shakhtar Donetsk right back cross for Mario Mandzukic at the back post. It wasn't a particularly difficult ball to clear, but the defence made a hash of it, Demirel refused to collect and the Croatians had their second. From then on it was all the visitors could do not to score every three or four minutes, the hosts crumbling under the weight of the two-goal deficit.

Olic nearly made it three on the verge of halftime, but Corluka completed the job after the defence left the Tottenham Hotspur man unmarked in the centre of the six-yard box for reasons I can't entirely fathom. After that, Turkey had their two best chances of the match, and neither of them even resulted in a shot. That's generally a pretty good indication that you've had a baaad day at the office. So is losing 3-0 at home (and there were plenty of chances to make it four).

So, at the end of all that, there's very little point in watching the second leg in Zagreb, because Croatia are almost certainly through. Slaven Bilic is a happy man, while Hiddink will be unemployed next week. Them's the breaks.

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Czech Republic Vs. Montenegro, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Full Time, Vaclav Pilar Fires Home Team To Win

The Czech Republic and Montenegro didn't put on a fantastic show in their Euro 2012 qualifying playoff match, but the home side will be happy with their result. They prevailed by a final score of 2-0 in Prague, setting themselves up nicely to advance to the finals in Montenegro on Tuesday. The visitors had to feel like they were in okay position going into stoppage time, leaving Prague with a one-goal loss on the road, but Tomas Sivok's stoppage time goal will seriously hinder their chances of qualifying for Euro 2012.

While the game did not have a lot of chances, the Czech Republic probably should have had more than one goal. The best opportunity of the match was actually one that they failed to convert on, as Petr Jiracek missed an absolute sitter in the 33rd minute. That was the only real chance of the first half, as Montenegro held firm to keep it scoreless.

Things opened up a little bit in the second half and the Czechs were much more threatening. Still, it took quite a bit of time and a wonder strike for them to take a lead. Vaclav Pilar was the man who provided it, hitting a 25-yard stunner to the far post with his right foot in the 63rd minute.

The game appeared to be ending 1-0, but Tomas Sivok headed in a second goal in stoppage time. Tomas Rosicky was the clear man of the match despite Pilar's great game-winner, as he assisted on Sivok's goal and helped to set up that goal and Jiracek's chance, along with numerous other half-chances in a fantastic performance.

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Bosnia-Herzegovina Vs. Portugal, Euro 2012 Qualifying, Playoffs: Scoreless Draw Sets Up Fascinating Return Leg

Who says games need to have goals to be exciting? The first half of Bosnia-Portugal was fairly boring, with the ball bogged down (sometimes literally) in the midfield far too often, but the second was rather more thrilling, with each team having numerous chances to win and take a huge advantage into the second leg next week. Ultimately, neither side did, but it said a lot about the match that both Bosnia and Portugal both had a chance to win it in the final minute of stoppage time.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Helder Postiga were the men most responsible for the visitors failing to break the deadlock, the former having two huge opportunities while the latter specialised in turning half-chances into absolutely nothing, but Bosnia really grew into the game in the second half and ended the match as the better side, with substitute Veded Ibisevic botching two straightforward one-on-one chances in the dying minutes (there were other, less egregious errors on the attack as well).

The 93rd minute first saw Bosnia keeper Asmir Begovic almost fail to collect a ball in his own six yard box, letting it slip from his grasp to sit tantalisingly in an open goalmouth before he scramble atop it with pretty much everyone who's ever worn a red shirt charging in, and then within thirty seconds Edin Dzeko forced Rui Patricio into a phenomenal stop after the Manchester City man fashioned a one on one. It turned out that Dzeko's chance didn't matter that much - he was offside - but it was rather indicative of the tempo in the second half. Both teams were desperate for a goal, and that led to some very entertaining football despite the 0-0 scoreline.

We've got a cracker of a match to look forward to next week.

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Czech Republic Vs. Montenegro Live, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Vaclav Pilar Goal Has Czechs Ahead

Viktoria Plzen star Vaclav Pilar has been in spectacular form for his club, but he hasn't yet established himself in his national team. Or at least, that was until this match. Pilar has the Czech Republic ahead of Montenegro by a score of 1-0 in the 63rd minute of their Euro 2012 qualifying playoff, thanks to a stunning goal. The home side has had much more of the ball and has been the better team thus far, but it took some serious brilliance for them to finally break through.

Arsenal man Tomas Rosicky provided the assist, which isn't the least bit surprising. He's been the only real creative force in this game and has been part of every half chance that his team have had from open play. He played a pass to Pilar who was camped outside the box and the attack-minded midfielder unloaded with his right foot, placing a great goal into the back of the net at the far post from 25 yards out.

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Estonia Vs. Ireland Live, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Andrei Stepanov Sent Off, Estonia Down To Ten Men

It's yet to reach halftime in the Euro 2012 playoff match between Estonia and Ireland, and Andrei Stepanov has already been sent off. The Estonian defender earned his first yellow in the 17th minute, but his crunching tackle on Robbie Keane was practically enough for a straight red. Keane flew up into the air, landing on his neck -- I'm quite stunned as to how the fragile forward didn't break into pieces. The Estonia supporters then gave a warm round of applause to Stepanov as he left the pitch.

Ireland missed their chance to put the game out of reach in the 37th minute, however, when Glenn Whelan's free kick went well wide of the goal. But, to be perfectly frank, if Ireland manage to lose,or even draw this match, they don't deserve a spot at the Euros.

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Turkey Vs. Croatia Live, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Vedran Corluka Makes It 3 For Croatia

Well, that's game over. Game overer, at any rate - Croatia are now up 3-0 on aggregate, and if this score stands Turkey are going to have to win by 4-1 in Zagreb to advance to the group stages of the Euro 2012 finals, which is... not happening, based on their performance in this game. Once again, it's the defending which lets the hosts down. Vedran Corluka's run from a simple free kick is completely untracked, and the Tottenham Hotspur benchwarmer makes no mistake from a free header five yards out.

Turkey respond with their two best chances of the match, with Stipe Pletikosa in serious danger of conceding with the ball twice ricocheting around his six yard box within the span of about two minutes, but in both instances possession fell to a blue shirt, and Croatia were able to clear. Either of those opportunities could easily have been goals - but that's the way Turkey's evening has been going so far.

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Estonia Vs. Ireland Live, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Keith Andrews Gives Ireland The Early Lead

The Republic of Ireland have taken a 13th minute lead in their Euro 2012 qualifying match against Estonia, making the Irish color commentator practically wet his pants in excitement. The goal came courtesy of some rather poor defending by the home side, with the Estonian defense giving Aidan McGeady way too much room on the left flank. The Spartak Moscow winger took plenty of advantage, chipping the ball over the heads of the Estonians, with Keith Andrews rising up to head it into the back of the net.

The goal has made the match infinitely more interesting, as Estonia are now pouring forward in hopes of an equalizer. Giovanni Trappatoni's side, meanwhile, are set to sit back and absorb the pressure. If Ireland manage to concede, I'm absolutely positive all talk will return to the pain of Paris, so for the sake of the entire footballing world, the Boys in Green need to keep the lead.

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Czech Republic Vs. Montenegro Live, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Halftime Score Unsurprisingly 0-0

The first 45 minutes of play between the Czech Republic and Montenegro in their Euro 2012 qualifying playoff match weren't exactly a shock, but that doesn't mean we have to like it. The home side had more of the possession, but didn't do a whole lot with it. The visitors struggled to keep the ball, didn't want to commit numbers forward, and kept their shape well. The score is tied up at 0-0 at halftime of the first leg, and it would have been surprising if anything else happened.

However, the Czechs should have a lead. There's only been one clear-cut chance in this match, and it was an easy one. In the 33rd minute, Tomas Rosicky played Tomas Pekhart into the box with a great pass. Pekhart held up the ball and laid it off to the late-arriving Petr Jiracek. He was totally unmarked and had the goal at his mercy, but horribly mis-hit his shot high and wide when it was easier to score.

And that was it. Far and away the best chance of the match, and to be honest, the only real chance of the match that came on a set piece. The hosts, for all of their possession, only created two corners. It hasn't been a fantastic match so far, and Montenegro won't be displeased with that.

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Turkey Vs. Croatia Live, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: 2-0 Croatia At Halftime

In a match that saw Turkey dominate for large periods, it's visiting Croatia who go into halftime a happy side - they notched inside two minutes and then doubled their lead half an hour later. Vedran Corluka was the man who did most of the work for the opener, capitalising on an awful piece of defending by Gokhan Gonul to square the ball for Iviva Olic to sweep home, and he was probably responsible for the second after allowing a ball to bounce in the area, a sequence which eventually resulted in Darijo Srna swinging in a cross for Mario Mandzukic to nod past Volkan Demirel at the far post.

In between, well, Croatia barely had the ball. Turkey were using their 3-man midfield to full effect, avoiding Luka Modric as much as possible and keeping possession for long spells, restricting their visitors to the occasional counterattack. After the second goal, however, things have been very different - Croatia are in total control of this match and fixture and should probably have scored a third just before halftime, when Olic failed to convert a one-on-one against Demirel to make it 3-0.

Still, you'd have to imagine that Slaven Bilic is pretty happy with 2-0.

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Bosnia-Herzegovina Vs. Portugal Live, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: 0-0 At Halftime

Portugal have been largely the better team in Sarejavo but they and Bosnia go into the halftime level at 0-0, with that largely being the fault of Cristiano Ronaldo wasting a huge chance in the 26th minute, allowing Adnan Zahirovic the time to block after Pepe had released him on the left. Bosnia haven't really been bad and have had a decent amount of the ball (although ESPN Soccernet's figure of 77% possession for the hosts seems more than a little bit suspicious), but Edin Dzeko's not having much luck in breaking through Portugal's back line and there have been a grand total of zero shots for Rui Patricio to deal with.

That's not to say there haven't been scary moments for the visitors, however - Patricio has contrived to virtually drop the ball on a Bosnian foot twice already on routine catches, and if I were coaching Bosnia I'd be strongly advising players to take pops from range and then have supporting players try to mop up the rebound. For Portugal... well they're not really creating much, and when they are they're probably guilty of being overly elaborate. But there's another half to grab a goal still, and they won't be too worried just yet.

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Turkey Vs. Croatia Live, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Mario Mandzukic Makes It 2

Croatia might have taken the lead very early at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, but aside from that spell at the beginning of the match where they completely forgot how to defend, Turkey weren't giving them an easy time of things - until they went and did it again. For a time, the hosts were making their numerical advantage in the midfield count, dominating possession despite the presence of Tottenham Hotspur star Luka Modric in Croatia's ranks and had limited their visitors to chances mostly on the counterattack.

Then Gokhan Gonul, the man mostly responsible for the opener, got involved again and things went horribly wrong. What should have been an easy clearance instead popped straight up into the air and fell to Modric in space, and despite a heroic block by Sabri Sarioglu the little midfielder recovered possession, passed wide and the ball was crossed in for Mario Mandzukic to nod past Volkan Demirel. 2-0 in Turkey? That's probably goodnight, unless there's a very quick response from the hosts.

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Turkey Vs. Croatia, Euro 2012 Qualifying, Playoffs: Ivica Olic Opens Scoring For Croatia.

Well that was a blinding start for Croatia. The visitors have gone ahead through a well worked (and immensely poorly defended) goal in the opening two minutes, which has rather solidified their status as favourites to emerge from their Euro 2012 playoff round against Turkey. It was all too easy for Croatia, who took advantage of some astonishingly bad play from Gokhan Gonul - Vedran Corluka skipped clear of a woeful challenge and had all the time in the world to lay in a dangerous low cross.

Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Demirel managed to get a touch, but it wasn't enough to divert the ball away from Bayern Munich frontman Ivica Olic, who had an extremely easy finish from two yards to open the score. So, Croatia lead 1-0 on aggregate and have an away goal. If they can get a second the tie will be virtually over.

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Czech Republic Vs. Montenegro Live, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Lineups

We're only minutes away from kickoff for the first leg of the Euro 2012 playoff between the Czech Republic and Montenegro at Prague's Sparta Stadium. Teamsheets are up, lineups are out, and all that's left is to actually play the match. Here are the teams:

Czech Republic (4-5-1): Petr Cech; Theodor Gebre Selassie, Michal Kadlec, Tomas Sivok, Tomas Rosicky, Daniel Pudil; Plašil, Vaclav Pilar, Petr Jiracek, an Rezek; Tomas Pekhart.

Substitutes: Jaroslav Drobny, Zdenek Pospech, Jan Rajnoch, Daniel Kolar, Marek Matejovsky, Milan Baros, David Lafata.

Montenegro (4-3-3): Mladen Bozovic; Savo Pavicevic, Milan Jovanovic, Miodrag Dzudovix, Stefan Savic; Simon Vukcevic, Milorad Pekovic, Nikola Drincic; Stevan Jovetic, Mirko Vucinic, Dejan Damjanovic.

Substitutes: Sdran Blazic, Radoslav Batak, Elsad Zverotic, Mitar Novakovic, Vladimir Bozovic, Radomir Djalovic, Andrija Delibasic.

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Estonia Vs. Ireland Live, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Lineups

Could this be the first European Championships playoff ever to feature two players who currently play in Major League Soccer? Robbie Keane starts as usual for Ireland, while Joel Lindpere has made his return to the Estonia bench after refusing call-ups that conflicted with his club's schedule. Ireland and Estonia aren't exactly the best teams remaining in qualifying, but while Ireland has an abysmal record in playoffs, they're favored to advance through this one. Giovanni Trappatoni's biggest choice was to pick Jonathan Walters over Simon Cox, with the rest of the lineup being pretty straight-forward. Here are the lineups.

Ireland Lineup (4-4-2): Given; Kelly, Dunne, St. Ledger, Ward; McGeady, Whelan, Andrews, Duff; Walters, Keane

Estonia Lineup (4-5-1): Pareiko; Piiroja, Kruglov, Jääger, Stepanov; Dmitrijev, Kink, Vunk, Vassiljev, Klavan; Ahjupera

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Turkey Vs. Croatia Live, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Lineups

Turkey and Croatia are contesting what is most likely the most competitive tie in the Euro 2012 qualifying playoffs, as both teams are almost certainly worthy of a spot in the finals. Turkey are seriously hindered by the loss of Nuri Sahin, but will like their chances at home. They're playing with a numerical advantage in midfield as expected, as Croatia stick with their 4-4-2. But with such a strong midfield, is it even a disadvantage? With the quality of Luka Modric and the work rate of striker Ivica Olic, perhaps not. Here are the lineups.

Turkey Lineup (4-5-1): Demirel; Balta, Korkmaz, Gönül, İnan; Kaçar, Emre, Altıntop, Turan, Sarıoğlu; Burak Yılmaz

Croatia Lineup (4-4-2): Pletikosa; Šimunić, Ćorluka, Schildenfeld, Vida; Rakitić, Modrić, Srna, Dujmović; Mandžukić, Olić

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Bosnia-Herzegovina Vs. Portugal Live, Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Lineups

Portugal and Bosnia-Herzegovina face off in Bosnia in the first leg of their Euro 2012 playoff, and Portugal's lineup is surprise-free. They're sticking with the 4-3-3 they've used throughout qualifying, though the presence of Miguel Veloso in the center of midfield suggests a slightly more conservative approach than previous matches. Bosnia-Herzegovina has decided to stick with the 4-2-3-1 setup that got them a 1-1 draw on the final matchday of the group qualifying stage against France, though the defense is slightly different. Here are the lineups.

Portugal Lineup (4-3-3): Rui Patrício; Pereira, Pepe, Alves, Coentrão; Meireles, Moutinho, Veloso; Nani, Postiga, Cristiano Ronaldo

Bosnia-Herzegovina Lineup (4-2-3-1): Begović; Zahirović, Jahić, Spahić, Salihović; Rahimić, Medunjanin; Pjanić, Misimović, Lulić; Džeko

Kickoff is at 2:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm GMT and 8:00 pm local time.

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Euro 2012 Qualifying Playoffs: Live Online Streaming And TV Schedule Information

The first legs of all four Euro 2012 Qualifying playoff fixtures will be played on Friday, with the second legs being played on Tuesday. Luckily for you, person who has an internet connection and can read the English language, there is a very good chance that you can watch these games, either on television or streaming live online, for free. The 21st century is awesome. Unfortunately for Americans, none of these games are on English-language television, but all four games are on ESPN3. It's free through most internet service providers. Here are the TV listings for other countries/languages.

Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Portugal

ESPN Deportes (USA - Spanish), TSN2 (Canada), ESPN+ (Most of Latin America/South America)

Turkey vs. Croatia

TSN (Canada), ESPN (UK), ESPN Dos (Latin America, including Mexico)

Estonia vs. Ireland

Sky Sports 1 (UK)

Czech Republic vs. Montenegro is not widely available on television. However, like all of the other games, it is on ESPN3 with English commentary for those who live in the United States and have access to the service, which should be most people with broadband internet access.

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Estonia Vs. Ireland, Euro 2012 Qualifying, Playoffs: Minnows Square Off, But Estonia Worse Than Ireland

Ireland and Estonia are both bad teams. That makes things rather boring. Estonia are worse though!

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Turkey Vs. Croatia, Euro 2012 Qualifying, Playoffs: No Nuri Sahin? Uh Oh

Turkey might be the home side for the first leg of this Euro 2012 playoff clash, but without Nuri Sahin they could well find themselves swamped in a midfield which Tottenham Hotspur star Luka Modric will almost certainly dominate.

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Czech Republic Vs. Montenegro, Euro 2012 Qualifying, Playoffs: The Teams We Know Nothing About

Montenegro and the Czech Republic are involved in perhaps the Euro 2012 playoffs tie with the least star power. However, the relative unknown nature of each side's ability makes this tie intriguing.

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