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Ireland fans get 2,000 ticket boost

IRELAND will have an extra 2,000 voices roaring them home in the final game of the Euro 2012 group phase in Poland against Italy.

UEFA began their ticket allocation notification process today and lucky applicants will find out in the next week whether they have secured the all-important tickets.

But it seems that UEFA already believe that Italian fan applications will be well below their maximum allocation, freeing up as many as 2,000 for Irish fans.

Stay at home Azzuri fans never travel in any big numbers until tournaments reach the decisive knock-out stage and it looks like the Italian faithful have decided to give Poznan's 40,000-capacity Municipal Stadium a miss on June 18.

Added to the extra 700 tickets secured for all three Group games, it means that Giovanni Trapattoni's men will take on the Italians with at least 10,000 Irish fans in the ground for a game they will almost certainly need to win to progress in the competition.