How to Watch Wales vs. Ireland

Wales, Ireland in winner-takes-all duel

Best remembered for the one-off usage of an all-grey kit, it was the last competitive game played before the glory days of the Giovanni Trapattoni era.

Europe's nine group winners qualify automatically for next year's 32-team tournament in Russian Federation, while the eight best runners-up enter a two-leg playoff for the last four berths. Yet it was clear that they would have to attack more purposefully after the interval and it was a beautifully taken goal that changed the complexion of the match. A point may be okay, but we'll go for three points.

Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales failes to qualify for the World Cup just two years later, as Republic of Ireland clinched a play-off spot at their expense.

They enjoyed a ideal start to their campaign with back-to-back victories over Kosovo and the Azerbaijanis, but saw two points slip from their grasp on Thursday when Norway left Tallaght with a 0-0 draw. It doesn't bother me if Wales are favourites because they have to win.

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




"It's that feeling. The big nights we had in the recent past are fresh in the memory of the players", said the Irish boss. "It's definitely a night for cool heads and to play the game and not the occasion".

"It is a golden era because they proved that". They are professional footballers and at times, they caused us a problem in the middle. I think that's a lazy comment from someone who tactically doesn't know too much about football.

Although substitute Robert Snodgrass snatched an 88th minute equaliser, Scotland never really looked good enough even when coming close to unlikely glory after Slovenia's Bostjan Cesar, on his 100th appearance, was sent off in added time. Anything less will allow either Ireland or Wales steal ahead of Group F's runner-up.

"It comes with being a striker - you're always going to be judged on goals". 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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