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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!

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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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Martin O’Neill’s odd gumption could be key to beating Wales in Cardiff

The Republic of Ireland manager is not cowed by doom-or-glory scenarios, and his players will need similar resilience to triumph in crucial World Cup qualifier

If Bear Grylls ever decides to stop making TV shows, perhaps Martin O’Neill could replace him. The Northern Irishman might not be able to tell viewers which plants to eat or how to make a bivouac from turtle faeces – in fact, his methods might remain unclear throughout the entire series – but he would probably survive and thrive, nonetheless.

It is a rare and fascinating quality that O’Neill has, some kind of gumption that means he and anyone he leads regularly finds a way to prevail in awkward environments, including messes of their own creation. He appears to revel in doom-or-glory scenarios. Which is why Monday’s World Cup qualification showdown between the Republic of Ireland and Wales in Cardiff is right up his street. There is no danger of him playing down the significance of the match to his players.

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Wales’s Chris Coleman braced for ‘hell of a game’ against Ireland in pivotal match

• Wales manager says Seamus Coleman injury controversy will not affect team
• Chris Coleman: team must show ‘same hunger and desire as we’ve always had’

Chris Coleman expects a physical game against the Republic of Ireland but is adamant that the bitter fall-out from the goalless draw in Dublin in March, when Seamus Coleman suffered a broken leg following a reckless challenge from Neil Taylor, will not affect Wales’s approach to Monday’s pivotal World Cup qualifier.

With Wales and Ireland both in with a chance of qualifying for the finals automatically after Serbia lost against Austria on Friday, the stakes could not be higher for what promises to be a highly charged occasion. Wales are second in Group D, one point ahead of Ireland, and the fractious nature of their meeting at the Aviva Stadium adds to the tension around what is in effect a winner-takes-all encounter.

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Tom Lawrence stunner earns Wales vital World Cup qualifying win in Georgia

It is not quite a case of all roads point to Russia for Wales, but the path to the World Cup finals tournament next summer has certainly become a little clearer. A third successive qualification victory, courtesy of Tom Lawrence’s first goal for his country, means that another win against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff on Monday night will all but guarantee a place in the World Cup play‑offs next month.

That will be easier said than done, yet all that matters for now is that Chris Coleman and his players have emerged from another awkward fixture with three points and proved in the process that they are capable of winning matches without Gareth Bale. This is the first time Wales have managed to do that in four years, which says much about the Real Madrid forward’s influence on a team that seems to have found momentum in this qualification campaign at just the right time.

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Georgia v Wales: World Cup qualifier – live!

9.52am BST

Hello. If their attempts at reaching a first World Cup finals since 1958 have taught Wales anything, it’s not to get too far ahead of themselves, lest their hopes and dreams come thudding straight back at them like a last-minute Paul Bodin penalty. His team might have been semi-finalists at last year’s Euros, but Chris Coleman doesn’t mind the boredom of taking each game as it comes. Four points from their final two matches in Group D, that’s all Wales need to secure their play-off spot, an exciting thought. But Wales aren’t looking that far forward yet. They aren’t even thinking about what promises to be a dramatic occasion when the Republic of Ireland visit Cardiff on Monday night. Not when they’ve got to confront Georgia in Tblisi first.

It won’t be easy for Wales this evening – and not just because they’re missing the injured Gareth Bale, whose absence will be keenly felt even it presents Aaron Ramsey with an opportunity to step up to the plate. As Coleman’s acknowledged, Georgia are better than their Fifa ranking of 103 in the world. “They’ve got imagination, they create chances and they play risk football,” the Wales manager said yesterday, thinking back to that tricky 1-1 home draw with Georgia last year. Ireland have already been held in Tblisi and the threat posed to Welsh qualification hopes by Kakhaber Tskhadadze’s men should not be taken lightly. Falter here and Wales will be newly vulnerable; Ireland, a point back in third place, expect to beat Moldova at home later in the evening. Tense times.

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Wales look to Aaron Ramsey for inspiration in crunch visit to Georgia | Stuart James

Chris Coleman is relishing the challenge presented in the first of two World Cup matches that could see them edge closer to qualifying for Russia 2018

As Chris Coleman talked about his team’s World Cup hopes being “on a knife-edge” and described an awkward game in Georgia as “all or nothing” for his players, the Wales manager reflected on the mounting pressure that goes with the territory at this stage of a qualification campaign and said he would not want it any other way.

Wales, with two matches remaining, are right in the mix for a place at the World Cup finals – something that has not been said since 1993, when Paul Bodin’s penalty thudded against a crossbar in a qualifier against Romania at the Cardiff Arms Park. From slow starts to false dawns and meaningless matches, the disappointments have been numerous for Wales over the years, which is why Coleman wants his players to relish the make-or-break scenario facing them against Georgia on Friday night and the Republic of Ireland on Monday.

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Wales’s Dave Edwards: ‘I’ll always put the team ahead of myself’

The Reading midfielder is ready to step into Gareth Bale’s shoes for the World Cup qualifier in Georgia but admits Ben Woodburn already has a strong case

Dave Edwards is prepared for what will come his way in Georgia on Friday if the Reading midfielder turns out to be the man asked to take the place of the most famous footballer in Wales. “Friends always take the mick out of me when it says ‘Edwards has come in to replace Bale’,” the 31-year-old says, laughing. “What a let-down when you see that come across Sky Sports News.”

Self-deprecating and down to earth, Edwards is a loyal servant to Wales. He talks about being “happy to step in and give my absolute all” if Chris Coleman names him in his starting XI for the World Cup qualifier in Tbilisi, yet also explains why he will have no qualms if the manager decides to look elsewhere, including in the direction of the 17-year-old Ben Woodburn.

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Gareth Bale ruled out of Wales’ World Cup qualifiers with calf injury

• Bale will miss crunch games with Georgia and Republic of Ireland
• Real forward was injured in Champions League match last week

Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Wales’ final two World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland.

Bale’s fitness has been a source of concern since he suffered a calf muscle strain playing for Real Madrid against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week.

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Chris Coleman trumps England by giving Wales call-up to David Brooks

• Sheffield United midfielder opted to represent Wales over England
• ‘I’m sure that will cause one or two ripples on the other side of the Bridge’

Chris Coleman believes that his decision to call Sheffield United’s David Brooks into the senior Wales squad for the first time will cause “one or two ripples on the other side of the Bridge” as England face up to the likelihood of missing out on another talented dual-nationality prospect to their rivals.

Brooks, who was born in Warrington, stole the show when he represented England Under-21s in the summer in the Toulon tournament, having withdrawn from the Wales squad also competing in France. As well as scoring England’s goal against Ivory Coast in a final that they went on to win on penalties, Brooks was named player of the tournament.

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Ben Woodburn set for long-term Liverpool deal after shining for Wales

• Liverpool preparing offer for teenager after his 18th birthday next month
• Ben Woodburn played key role in Wales wins against Austria and Moldova

Ben Woodburn’s emergence with Liverpool and Wales is set to be rewarded with a new long-term contract at Anfield when the forward turns 18 next month.

The teenager played a starring role for Chris Coleman’s Wales team during the international break, scoring a stunning winning goal within five minutes of his introduction against Austria before creating Hal Robson-Kanu’s crucial breakthrough against Moldova in the World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

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Wales’s Gareth Bale: ‘It’s all about the results now’ – video

Wales move above Ireland and into second place in group D with a hard fought 2-0 win over Moldova. Hal Robson-Kanu and Aaron Ramsey were the scorers, with both goals coming in the final 10 minutes of the match. Wales will face Georgia and then Ireland …

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World Cup 2018 qualifying: Rep of Ireland, Wales, Italy and more – live!

Updates from all the group games around EuropeLive scoreboard! The goals as they go inFeel free to email Barry or tweet @bglendenning 7.27pm BST Macedonia: Dimitrievski, Ristovski, Musliu, Velkovski, Ristevski, Spirovski, Bardhi, Nikolov, Pandev, Alios…

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Chris Coleman urges Ben Woodburn to follow Gareth Bale’s path to the top

• Wales coach says 17-year-old has mentality to succeed at highest level
• Cardiff match-winner told to carry on working hard to fulfil huge potential

Wales like to blood them young. Ben Woodburn was 17 years and 322 days old when he made his international debut in Cardiff on Saturday night. That made him two days older than Ryan Giggs, six days younger than Aaron Ramsey and a whole year older than Gareth Bale.

Woodburn was old enough and his match-winning goal was certainly good enough, the Liverpool man’s shot sizzling past Austria’s Heinz Lindner from 25 yards out five minutes after he had arrived on the pitch. It was a necessary intervention, allowing Chris Coleman’s side to force their way back into the reckoning for World Cup qualification. With three games left, they are four points off the top of Group D and two points off the play-off place occupied by the Republic of Ireland, with the Irish yet to come to Cardiff.

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Ben Woodburn’s debut scorcher gives Wales vital victory against Austria

It was one of those pure strikes, the ball slicing through the air as if aided by aerodynamic enhancement, the keeper diving merely to keep up appearances. There was no stopping Ben Woodburn’s first international goal, scored just five minutes after the 17-year-old had made his international debut. It was a timeless moment, a goal that makes you stand up in your seat and shake the person next to you to check what you saw definitely happened.

That it also provided Wales with three crucial World Cup qualifying points only added to the enjoyment. Chris Coleman’s side face Moldova on Tuesday just two points behind the Republic of Ireland, knowing if they win their final three matches they will earn second place in Group D, at least.

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