Back in 2009, the Republic of Ireland missed out on a World Cup invitation courtesy of a Thierry Henry handball. That didn't go over very well.

You know what did go over well? Armenian Valeri Aleksanyan's cheeky own-goal in the 42nd minute of today's Euro qualifying match, for it helped kept the Republic alive in its quest to participate for the Intracontinental Title next year.

Since they finished second in their group, they'll be among eight sides vying next month for four remaining slots. Now for the downside: A second yellow card and injury means they might be without top forwards Kevin Doyle and Robbie Keane for qualifying.

Rep. of Ireland/Armenia [Sky Sports]

Ireland beat unlucky Armenia to make playoffs [YahooUK!]