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Posted on 18 November 2007  - 12:00

Robbie Keane was on the scoresheet as Republic of Ireland were denied victory in the dying moments of their final European Championship qualification group match against Wales.

Robbie Keane was on the scoresheet as Republic of Ireland were denied victory in the dying moments of their final European Championship qualification group match against Wales.The record Republic goalscorer and captain struck at the Millennium Stadium after 31 minutes- his 32nd international goal- with a cool dink over the goalkeeper to cancel out Jason Koumas’ opener. Kevin Doyle’s goal on the hour looked to have sealed the points for Robbie and his team-mates only for Koumas to register a second of the game with one minute of normal time remaining.

Republic of Ireland will finish third in Group D if Cyprus fail to win at home against Czech Republic on Wednesday.

Dimitar Berbatov skippered Bulgaria as they became the first team to defeat Romania in this qualifying campaign, though it was not enough to keep alive their Euro 2008 hopes.

Velizar Dimitrov scored the only goal of the game after six minutes in Sofia but the Netherlands' 1-0 triumph against Luxembourg gave them an unassailable four point lead over Bulgaria with one game remaining in the group. Bulgaria will close their campaign when they travel to Slovenia in midweek.

Teemu Tainio put in a 90 minute shift as Finland hit two goals in the final 11 minutes to come from behind and steal victory from Azerbaijan in Helsinki.

Finland must now win in Porto against Portugal on Wednesday to keep alive their qualification prospects and hope Serbia fail to take maximum points from their remaining two Group A matches, including today’s home clash with Kazakhstan, which was moved back to Sunday following heavy snowfall in Belgrade.

Didier Zokora’s Ivory Coast are in action today when they take on Angola in an international friendly.