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Trapattoni not giving up

15 Nov 2009 - 16:18:41

Giovanni Trapattoni has backed his Republic of Ireland side to overcome their 1-0 first-leg deficit and win their World Cup qualifying play-off against France.

Saturday's narrow defeat at Croke Park has left Ireland with a mountain to climb in Paris on Wednesday, but Trapattoni is refusing to rule out a famous comeback from his side.

"Football makes us suffer, but there is another great opportunity in Paris because France have conceded many goals away and also at home," he declared.

"We must think about this situation, this balance, our performance, our mentality and also what they have allowed opponents in the past.

"They concede goals and like us, they ended in second place in their group - and we think our group was stronger.

"We have to think about the positives situation and not the result because in the end, football can come down to a deflection, the crossbar, the referee - there are many situations which can change the result."

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