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Little home comfort for leaky Estonia

AS INTERNATIONAL records go, Estonia's home form is a bit like an old house with a draught and a leaky roof.

The Estonians play their home games at the 9,500-capacity A Le Coq Arena, a tidy little stadium which still needs a bit of finishing off, but the venue, which is three miles from the city centre here in Tallinn, is anything but a fortress.

Estonia failed to keep a clean sheet in five qualifying games here, letting in six goals, and they know that needs to change if they are to out-wit Ireland over the next 180 minutes.

"We cannot allow Ireland to score here, it's as simple as that," Estonian midfielder Martin Vunk said.

"If they score here in Tallinn, then Tuesday's match in Dublin will be so much harder because they will have an away goal.

"Above all else tonight, we have to keep Ireland scoreless and ensure that they do not get a goal."

Estonian fans in Tallinn were today making a last effort to snaffle up any spare tickets, as all 8,200 tickets set aside for home supporters sold out within minutes last month.

A number of cinemas have ditched their regular schedules and plan to show the match instead as touts are looking for €250 for tickets which have a face value of just €16.

City officials also announced today that the match will be shown on a big screen in one of the main squares in Tallinn, a boost for the ticketless Irish fans in the city, as an estimated 900 Ireland supporters do not yet have tickets for the game.