COMEONIRELAND *ahems* Apologies, just had to get that out of the system. Tonight sees the opening leg of the World Cup play-off tie comes from Croke Park, where the teams seek an advantage ahead of the return leg to Paris on Wednesday. In his first qualification campaign as Ireland manager, Giovanni Trapattoni led his team to second place in their group behind Italy. Success over the French in these two legs would see his side reach the finals of a major championship for the first time since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, when they reached the last 16. Veterans of that campaign such as Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane and Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given will be looking to use their experience to help their team progress. Kick off isn't until 8.00pm so expect a lengthy hour of pontifications. International Match of the Day can be seen at 10.40pm on BBC2, and features highlights of the friendly between Northern Ireland v Serbia.