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Show of support a huge boost for Boys in Green

THE Aviva Stadium looks set for its first soccer full house for tomorrow's crunch tie with Armenia.

There are just over 1,000 tickets left for the tie, which will determine the immediate future of Giovanni Trapattoni as he bids to guide Ireland to Euro 2012.

Reports today reveal that the Armenian team are on an incredible €3m incentive to beat the Boys in Green and go on to make it to the finals next summer.

Armenian football federation boss Ruben Hayrapetyan has promised the players the huge payoff if they qualify for the tournament.

"A year ago, I promised our players €3m," Mr Hayrapetyan said. "My dream is to see the squad in the Ukraine and Poland. We will do everything to succeed."

Surprise side Armenia have scored an impressive 11 goals in their last three qualifiers, including four against both Slovakia and Macedonia.


And this fighting talk will put Trapattoni's side under pressure as almost all 50,000 seats are sold out for the game.

The Herald has 50 free tickets for Ireland fans, and the FAI are now looking at their sell-out event since moving into the rebuilt Lansdowne Road last August.

The Association has rejuvenated the ticket-buying process and €10 tickets are now available for those under 16 in all sections of the stadium.

Adults who purchase a ticket can buy up to 19 extra €10-priced tickets for kids.

The move comes after fans were unable to meet the price of tickets in the stadium.

Ireland player Stephen Kelly earlier called for the FAI to cut prices after a low turnout for the Euro qualifier against Macedonia.

Now the Lansdowne roar will return as fans lay all their hopes with the Boys in Green tomorrow night.

However, captain Robbie Keane is still a doubt for a starting spot.

The LA Galaxy striker faces intensive scans, treatment and training before he will be allowed to run out with the team.

Ireland need to avoid defeat to finish second in the group and maintain their record of eight straight clean sheets, including impressive displays against Italy and likely Group B winners Russia.

But the chances of Keane playing are diminishing as it has now emerged the issue is actually an adductor muscle injury. "Robbie has a little problem, but we are hopeful he will recover. It will be very difficult, but we are hopeful," said assistant manager Marco Tardelli.

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