Republic of Ireland beat Wales to reach World Cup play-offs

Barcelona's Pique was jeered by Spain fans. Pic Getty
Barcelona's Pique was jeered by Spain fans. Pic Getty

10 October, 2017

Chris Coleman's side could still automatically qualify for their first finals since 1958 too, should they win while Group D leaders Serbia lose at home to Georgia.

The game against the Republic of Ireland will be played at Cardiff City Stadium and will see an influx of Irish fans arriving at Wales' National Airport.

We could go top in the event of an unlikely Serbian defeat. "We'll get in tomorrow morning, prepare for Wales and give it a hell of a go". "But as Roy (Keane) said during the week, we're missing key players as well, they're just as big players for us as he is for Wales".

Daryl Murphy scored both first-half goal as Ireland recorded a 2-0 victory over Moldova, to set up a fascinating final round clash against Wales.

Iceland leads with 19 points, and Croatia and Ukraine are two points behind.

The match will be under much scrutiny not only because of the high stakes.

"Before that, in Gelsenkirchen, we ended up with David Meyler playing right-back against Germany, the world champions, in their back yard and we came out of that game with a draw. We were all absolutely devastated at what happened".

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ANTICIPATION is building ahead of tonight's monumental World Cup qualifier with the Republic of Ireland.

Wales - Gareth Bale remains injured and unavailable so Tom Lawrence is expected to start following his goal away in Georgia.

It was a typical Irish display, using all the traits that have been apparent throughout their most illuminating nights, many of them directly linked to the World Cup, and the permutations always meant there would be one team who had to drop out.

Although Long is out, James McClean and Robbie Brady return from suspension.

While Wales are without Bale, O'Neill believes the absence of Coleman is "as big a loss to us". One would not be enough but would still end Ireland's own play-off dream.

Spain, the 2010 world champions, secured top spot in Group G after they stormed to a 3-0 win over Albania.

"We can win the match", he said. "I think both teams are going to go for it". There's no doubt they will travel in their thousands and as I say, it's going to be like a cup final, we need to go there and win and we will be looking to do that.

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