No offence but I think Italy would have won their last game so I don't think you would have finished first anyway.
Oh I agree, but there was always the small hope that defeating them mught cause them to panic a teeny bit and end with a draw even (a draw for them and a win for us would have done I believe).
But yeah Now I've lost hope altogether. France, Portugal, , Greece? etc.
No way will Ireland and Greece be drawn together for the playoffs. Fifa will want to give the two weakest teams to two of the big guns, not each other so one can go through (and two big guns have to play each other).
Ireland & Greece will get Portual & France, and the refs will do what they can for France & Portugal to go through.
I can still dream though. Maybe the draw won't be rigged and we draw Greece, and beat them over the two games?