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Ireland captain Mick McCarthy shakes hands with Brazil captain Geraldao before the international friendly at Lansdowne Road on May 23, 1987. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Ireland captain Mick McCarthy shakes hands with Brazil captain Geraldao before the international friendly at Lansdowne Road on May 23, 1987. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Ireland captain Mick McCarthy shakes hands with Brazil captain Geraldao before the international friendly at Lansdowne Road on May 23, 1987. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

"Now you're gonna to believe us. Now you’re gonna believe us …"

It was a day we felt like singing.

Admittedly it was a friendly match. But for the home supporters on the afternoon Ireland beat Brazil 1-0 at Lansdowne Road in May 1987, the future looked inordinately bright.

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