Keith Andrews is set to miss the Republic of Ireland's first qualifier for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, after his red card against Italy ruled him out of their trip to Kazakhstan in September.
Peter Odemwinge scored his first Premier League hat-trick as West Bromwich Albion stunned local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 5-1 away win.
Giovanni Trapattoni has warned his Republic of Ireland side against complacency following their 4-0 win in Estonia, while Robbie Keane has praised fellow scorers Jonathan Walters and Keith Andrews.
Republic of Ireland, Croatia and the Czech Republic all took giant strides towards qualifying for UEFA EURO 2012, but Portugal were left with plenty of work to do after a stalemate in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Italian manager Giovanni Trapattoni led Republic of Ireland to a 2-0 victory over a wasteful Italy side, with Keith Andrews and Simon Cox making the Irish's few chances on goal count.
Fit-again Spain international Fernando Torres hit the winner as Liverpool triumphed 2-1 in a bruising encounter with Blackburn Rovers at Anfield.