Ireland on course for play-offs
Kevin Doyle's 10th senior international goal set Ireland on the road to a comfortable 2-0 victory in Andorra as Giovanni Trapattoni's men completed the first half of their mission.
Doyle's seventh-minute strike gave Ireland an advantage they never threatened to surrender and when defender Ildefons Lima deflected Aiden McGeady's shot into his own net 13 minutes later, the points were effectively safe.
Russia's victory in Slovakia means they will win Group B if they beat the Andorrans at home on Tuesday evening, but a draw with Armenia will be enough to send Ireland into the Euro 2012 play-offs.
Andorra's part-timers might have been behind as early as the second minute had Lima not blocked Robbie Keane's shot, and keeper Josep Gomes was a relieved man two minutes later when, after he had spilled the Ireland skipper's initial effort, his follow-up crashed against the crossbar.
Just three minutes later, Doyle unwittingly blocked Keane's goal-bound shot, but was alert enough to react first when John O'Shea headed the ball back into the danger area and convert from close range.
Ireland extended their lead with 20 minutes gone as left winger McGeady, who gave full-back Alexandre Martinez a torrid time throughout, was the beneficiary of Glenn Whelan's clever free-kick, which completely wrong-footed the Andorran defence. McGeady had time and space to drill across goal and although Gomes managed to make a partial block, the ball was deflected home by Lima.
Andorra offered little as an attacking threat, although central defender Emili Garcia had earlier headed over from a Sergio Moreno free-kick and Lima tested Shay Given with a firmly-struck free-kick.
Ireland would have killed off the game for certain had it not been for Gomes, who blocked Keane's 48th-minute effort and then tipped McGeady's stinging drive onto the post two minutes later.
Opposite number Shay Given had to make a regulation 59th-minute save from Alexandre Martinez after Sean St Ledger had misjudged a high ball, but Ireland should really have gone further ahead within two minutes.
Damien Duff forced his way into the penalty area and managed to bundle the ball through to Keane seven yards from goal. The 31-year-old pivoted, but somehow managed to blaze high over with the goal at his mercy.