Wales v Republic of Ireland, World Cup 2018 qualifier

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Northern Ireland celebrated a World Cup qualifying play-off place despite a 1-0 defeat in Norway as Scotland's bid ended in heartache. You can look back and say, "We've never done this or never done that".

'The players have proven this is a golden era, ' Coleman said.

Worse still, they could miss out due to their disciplinary record - seven months after Neil Taylor's red card for a controversial tackle on Ireland's Seamus Coleman.

As there are nine qualifying groups but only eight teams can progress through to the play-offs, the second-placed team with the worst record misses out. Have a browse at our photo-gallery showcasing the evolution of the pre-match team pix over the past 150 years.

Wales dominated possession from the outset and kept their opponents penned into their own half early on, as Ireland struggled to lay a glove on the home side.

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football with their programme getting underway at 7pm and kick off at 7:45pm.

Should Serbia lose, that will open the door to Wales and Ireland to possibly jump into the top-spot. There may be no difference at all in the way Ramsey plays for his club, but I for one think that Wales i9s important to him and does affect his form, attitude etc. As things stand, Wales have 17 points and Ireland 16, with a host of permutations possible in the final round of matches across most of the groups.

Wales require a win to ensure their spot in the World Cup playoffs and should be safe with a draw.

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The game kicks off at the same time as the Wales-Ireland, meaning we won't know prior to kick off whether a win will be enough. 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. We have to do that - it's our strength. The Dragons are coming from a slim 1-0 away win against Georgia, where a goal by Tom Lawrence led the team with the three points from the game. "That's the way it's set up". He has 26 goals in 68 global appearances, including key strikes against Georgia and Serbia in the current campaign which should have put Wales on the road to Russian Federation. The Georgia FA accidentally stopped the Welsh anthem being played after just one verse and then made a decision to play their own tune over the tannoy.

Southampton attacker Shane Long is confident that his long goalscoring drought will come to an end soon.

The midfielder has been speaking about the goal and his first call-up for the national team with Three Ireland.

1941: The players are out on the field at the Cardiff City Stadium.

"We can't be thinking that we've done really well, it's gone".

"They had a couple of long-distance shots, but I felt we were comfortable and we dealt with everything".

Then Ireland went out during the first 45 minutes in Cardiff and didn't even try to play ball. "So let's go for it".

Meanwhile, a win for Ireland and they sneak above Wales and into the playoffs. The retuning Robbie Brady is chalked up at 10/1 to open the scoring with Wales' Sam Vokes the overall bookies' tip at 4/1.

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