Ireland stun Wales to seal World Cup playoff spot

Ukraine celebrate against Kosovo

"What they are doing is showing that this is their time and doing the best they can for the nation".

"It was just one of them where we had to concentrate", he admitted.

Those sad unfortunates are stuck writing about win after monotonous win.

A win for Croatia - or Ukraine - in their head-to-head meeting on tonight would scupper Wales in the event of a draw in Cardiff. Martin O'Neill said in the build up that we need to be clinical in front of goal when the chances came. 'It will very be similar to the game in Dublin where two sets of committed players were locking horns. Now we return to the matter for the final time.

"We changed the side to give us energy for a big game in Lille against Italy at the European Championships". They would top the group if Serbia lost to Georgia. It was not that they were any less raucous than usual, it was just the fervour of the home supporters, including one of the more memorable renditions of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, sung a cappella at volume 10. They limp into the playoff. But it may not be enough for a play-off place. Belgium's 4-3 win away to Bosnia caused a few social media accounts to get overexcited, forgetting that Greece could slip into second spot by winning in Nicosia. They will not be seeded in the playoffs draw, which takes place on Tuesday.

Those shrewd Eurovision fanatics nodded their heads wearily, knowing that Cyprus were probably unlikely to step on Greek toes, particularly when nothing much was at stake for them. But they're a good team, they're no mugs.

Eitan Tibi scored the game's only goal on 21 minutes.

"I will really have to think about it and replay the game again".

Ireland's campaign talisman was never going to miss.

Northern Ireland's final group game defeat against Norway means they will not be seeded and that rules out the potential of a fiery clash between Martin O'Neill's and Michael O'Neill's teams.

Celtic cousins Scotland helped by not beating Slovenia on Sunday which ensured that, having won against Moldova on Friday, Ireland knew a win in Cardiff would guarantee a play-off. There is no denying the Real Madrid star's importance to his national team.

Likewise, Ukraine must beat Croatia to take a play-off place.

What if Wales and Croatia are level on fairplay points?

The draw will involve eight teams with the four highest rated teams in the FIFA World Rankings all being seeded, which is not great news for the Republic of Ireland.

Manager King said: "We go into the game full of confidence".

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