Traditionally, football teams have hoped to dodge the "group of death" in a tournament – the one with the strongest opponents.
As no-contests go, this was about as enjoyable as they come.
There can surely no clichés about this being merely half-time.
Giovanni Trapattoni's metaphors are frequently worth the admission price alone and a wacky highlight here, on the eve of the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 play-off first leg against Estonia, was the comparison he drew between his team and a salad.
Ask Wayne Rooney whether he actually said it and he grins like a boy, without confirming or denying.
Giovanni Trapattoni has insisted his Republic of Ireland team will not treat Estonia lightly after being handed what appears the most favourable draw possible in the Euro 2012 play-offs.
Scotland had too much at stake to appreciate Spain's latest dismantling of all before them.
Here we go again.