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- Very nearly.
- The food is all but finished.
- 2011 November 11, Rory Houston, “Estonia 0-4 Republic of Ireland”, RTE Sport:
- A stunning performance from the Republic of Ireland all but sealed progress to Euro 2012 as they crushed nine-man Estonia 4-0 in the first leg of the qualifying play-off tie in A Le Coq Arena in Tallinn.