FIFA has today replied to the request made by the Football Association of Ireland to replay their FIFA World Cup play-off match against France in Paris.
France, Portugal, Slovenia and Greece were the teams left celebrating at the end of a dramatic evening of play-off action in the European Zone.
France stumbled through to South Africa 2010 with an unconvincing 2-1 aggregate win over an excellent Republic of Ireland side in Paris.
Republic of Ireland forward Robbie Keane says his team enjoys the role of underdog going into the FIFA World Cup play-off decider against France.
France still have a lot of work to do to reach South Africa 2010 according to Thierry Henry, despite a 1-0 victory over Republic of Ireland in Dublin.
After helping France on to the cusp of South Africa 2010 qualification, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has earned high praise from Gregory Coupet.