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Uefa Nations League: home nations get tough test in new competition

• England draw Spain and Croatia, Wales v Rep Ireland and Denmark• Northern Ireland play Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina• Scotland drawn against Israel and AlbaniaEngland have been drawn to play Spain and Croatia in Group Four of League A in the Uefa Na…

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Uefa Nations League draw – live!

Follow the draw for Uefa’s new competition as it unfoldsEmail Barry here or Tweet him here, if you fancyNick Ames: what is the Nations League and will it work? 11.23am GMT Here are the pots from which the League C groups will be drawn. Managerless Scot…

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Ryan Giggs sought advice of Sir Alex Ferguson before taking Wales job

• Giggs has signed four-year contract as Wales manager• ‘I’m not on social media so haven’t seen much criticism’Ryan Giggs sought the advice of Sir Alex Ferguson before agreeing to succeed Chris Coleman as Wales manager, with the former Manchester Unit…

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Ryan Giggs set to be unveiled as Wales manager on Monday

• Former Manchester United player to succeed Chris Coleman• Wales FA will confirm appointment at press conferenceRyan Giggs is set to be named Chris Coleman’s successor as Wales manager on Monday. The Football Association of Wales said it would announc…

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Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy among four interviewed for Wales manager’s job

• Osian Roberts and Mark Bowen also in running to succeed Chris Coleman• FA of Wales close to making appointment, with Giggs the current frontrunnerThe Football Association of Wales is expected to announce Chris Coleman’s successor in the coming days a…

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Welsh FA chief investigated over ‘definitely not English’ manager comment

• Investigation could delay appointment of the next Wales manager• Three-man disciplinary commission set up by Football Association of WalesFootball Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford is to face a disciplinary commission over his commen…

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Sunderland land Chris Coleman as manager as he leaves Wales job

• Coleman set to be confirmed in post over the weekend• Sunderland are bottom of the ChampionshipChris Coleman has agreed to become the new Sunderland manager. The 47-year-old is expected to be confirmed as Simon Grayson’s successor over the weekend in…

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Sunderland turn attention to Chris Coleman after Michael O’Neill rejection

• Odds on Wales manager switching to Wearside club are slashed• Ex-Fulham coach could use situation to strengthen position with WalesChris Coleman is the latest international manager on Sunderland’s radar after Michael O’Neill rejected their advances.A…

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France’s forwards sparkle as they make case to be among World Cup favourites

Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette scored for France in the international break – and Kylian Mbappé was their standout playerBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsIt is difficult to draw too many conclusions fr…

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France’s forwards sparkle as they make case to be among World Cup favourites

Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette scored for France in the international break – and Kylian Mbappé was their standout playerBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsIt is difficult to draw too many conclusions fr…

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Wales denied victory after stoppage-time goal by Panama

Full-time: Wales 1-1 PanamaThere were less than three minutes on the clock when the Wales supporters started their campaign to keep Chris Coleman on as manager and it quickly became clear that it was going to be the soundtrack of the evening.“Chrissy C…

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Gareth Bale will be devastated by new injury, says Wales’s Chris Coleman

• Coleman laments Bale’s ‘bad luck’ as forward suffers thigh problem• Wales manager sees role in team for David Brooks and Ethan AmpaduChris Coleman had just delivered his pre-match instructions at the Stade de France when he got a whisper in his ear. …

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Wales swept aside by France after Gareth Bale suffers new injury setback

Chris Coleman certainly will not forget Wales’ night of torment in Paris if this is to be one of his final games in charge of Wales.Antoine Griezmann starred in an attacking masterclass to force his stubborn Wales side into submission at the Stade de F…

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Republic of Ireland’s Martin O’Neill: ‘We had to come here to win in Cardiff’ – video

The Republic of Ireland beat Wales 1-0 to book their place in the play-offs for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. James McClean scored the only goal to leave Martin O’Neill celebrating one of his more satisfying nights as national team manager. For Wales the wait continues, with defeat ending their bid to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 1958.

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Cardiff in full voice but Republic of Ireland fans sing longest and loudest | Stuart James

Republic of Ireland’s fans were outnumbered by 10 to one, but injury to Joe Allen and a goal from James McClean ensured the volume was turned down on Wales

It was billed as the biggest game in this country since 1993 and for Wales the sense of deja vu come the end was suffocating. Once again the World Cup finals will pass them by, just as they did 24 years ago, when Paul Bodin’s penalty kick thudded against the crossbar in their critical qualifier against Romania. This time it was the Republic of Ireland’s turn to spoil the party as Martin O’Neill’s side kept alive their own hopes of travelling to Russia next summer with the sort of victory that has become the manager’s hallmark.

Ireland may not be easy on the eye but there is something to be admired about their uncanny knack for grinding out results when it matters most. There was the victory over Germany in October 2015, the triumph against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Euro 2016 play-offs, and that 1-0 win over Italy to reach the last 16 in that summer’s finals in France. The scalp of Wales, who had not lost a competitive match on home soil for four years, has now been added to the collection.

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Chris Coleman admits facing end as Wales manager after World Cup heartbreak

• ‘There will be a conversation in due course,’ says manager
• Martin O’Neill hails Republic of Ireland after sealing play-off berth

Chris Coleman admitted his time as Wales manager might be coming to an end after the 1-0 win that put the Republic of Ireland into the World Cup play-offs and left his own team reflecting on an agonising end to their bid to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 1958.

Coleman’s contract runs out next summer and he has previously indicated this would be his last qualifying programme in charge of the team he led to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

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James McClean stuns Wales and sends Republic of Ireland into play-offs

It was a night of exhilarating joy for the Republic of Ireland and at the final whistle, with players in red shirts collapsing to the ground, excruciating pain for a Wales team whose latest attempt to qualify for a World Cup, desperately wishing to play in their first tournament since 1958, has ended unsuccessfully, once again.

Gareth Bale, like Ryan Giggs, Ian Rush and all those others, will just have to wonder what it is like to play in the world’s biggest international competition, whereas Ireland’s players can start looking forward to the play-offs after one of the more satisfying nights under Martin O’Neill’s management, capped by James McClean’s expertly taken goal 12 minutes into the second half.

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Wales v Republic of Ireland: World Cup 2018 qualifier – live!

7.03pm BST

One change for Wales, who take Vokes out and stick Robson-Kanu in. Ireland make three changes, with Long, O’Dowda and Hoolahan out, and Arter, Brady and McClean in. I’d have thought Hoolahan might have come in handy, but maybe he’s being primed for an impact substitutional role. Here are the teams again in purely text-based form:

Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Ashley Williams, Chester, Davies, Allen, King, Ramsey, Lawrence, Ledley, Robson-Kanu. Subs: Maxwell, Taylor, Bradshaw, Brooks, Edwards, Ampadu, Vokes, Lockyer, Jonathan Williams, Woodburn, Hedges, Ward.
Republic of Ireland: Randolph, Christie, Duffy, Clark, Ward, Arter, Brady, Meyler, Hendrick, McClean, Murphy. Subs: Doyle, O’Shea, Keogh, Whelan, McGeady, Hogan, O’Dowda, Hoolahan, Hourihane, Maguire, Kevin Long, Elliot.
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia).

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“They’ll concentrate on effecting what is now!” screams Chris Coleman in this motivational video. Nope, me neither.

NOTHING TO FEAR. Stirring words from Chris Coleman. Show us your support across social media. #TheRedWall #TogetherStronger #WALIRL pic.twitter.com/XNAEcw0bOb

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Republic of Ireland’s Martin O’Neill ‘not bothered’ by Wales being favourites

• Manager argues it is ‘all to play for’ in full-blooded World Cup qualifier
• Wales intend O’Neill’s players to face the music in Cardiff

It is up for grabs now. Wales host the Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadiumon Monday with each set of supporters still a little dizzy after several days’ performing needless mental acrobatics in a bid to understand the permutations required for their side either to qualify for Russia as group winners or to make the play-offs as one of the eight top second-placed sides.

Scotland’s draw against Slovenia means those furrowed brows, pub arguments and spreadsheets were in vain. In a group led by Serbia, with Wales in second place and the Republic third, things could scarcely be more simple: victory for either side in Cardiff will guarantee them at least a play-off place, while a draw could still be enough for Wales depending on Croatia’s result in Ukraine. Should Serbia lose against Georgia in Belgrade, the victors in Cardiff will top Group D and qualify automatically for Russia. Defeat is unthinkable.

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Wales and Ireland prepare for decisive World Cup qualifier – video

Wales and Ireland meet in Cardiff on Monday night knowing that a World Cup play-off place awaits the winning side. Wales last appeared at the 1958 finals while Ireland most recently qualified 2002. The two teams played a goalless draw in the return fixture earlier this year

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