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1960 European Nations Cup - Irish Qualifying Campaign
In the 1960 European Nations Cup (now known as European Championships) four teams qualified for the Finals through a series of play-off matches rather than the qualifier groups that we know today.
The Republic of Ireland was drawn against Czechoslovakia in a qualifying round of the 1960 Nations Cup. Ireland won the first leg at Dalymount Park 2-0 with goals from, future Irish soccer manager, Liam Tuohy, and Manchester United great, Noel Cantwell.
Despite conceding an early penalty, which was scored by Stacho, in the away leg the Irish performed well and retained the advantage until a 23 minute spell in the second half when they conceded three goals.
Czechoslovakia went on to qualify for the Finals finishing in third place having been beaten by the ultimate 1960 European Nations Cup winners - the Soviet Union - in the semi-final.
An interesting foot note to the the inaugural European soccer championships is that only 17 teams entered the competition and European football powers such as Italy, West Germany and England did not enter the tournament.
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