Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Wales 0 Ireland 1

Wales 0 Ireland 1

1845: Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup qualifier between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium.

For Wales, a draw at Cardiff City Stadium would be enough to finish above Ireland in the table - but not necessarily enough to nail a play-off place, with Croatia also in contention. "We'll get in tomorrow morning, prepare for Wales and give it a hell of a go". That's the way it's set up.

"I think if you ask any striker and they go through this stage, it just won't go in for them, but hopefully the ball will come and hit me in the face and into the goal and it'll kick on from there".

It was a big night too for Meyler as he led his country out, although he insisted collective rather than individual achievements were the priority.

Wales and Ireland have shut each other out over their past two clashes.

"It's a tough ask for Georgia to win there", he says, asking his players to draw on the experience of big wins to get the victory in Cardiff.

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.

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The U.S. got its World Cup Qualifying campaign back on track in emphatic fashion, routing Panama , 4-0, at Orlando City Stadium. Altidore made it two 11 minutes later when he side-footed home an inviting low cross from Pulisic. "He did what he wanted".

And while West Ham have hardly been prolific this season, manager Slaven Bilic admitting that he is struggling to get the best out of Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez, Long's performances in West Brom colours at least spare the club from further criticism.

They're looking to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Long missed three key chances in Friday's 2-0 victory over Moldova while his strike partner Daryl Murphy bagged a brace.

Group G: Italy 1 (Chiellini 40) drew with Macedonia 1 (Trajkovski 77); Liechtenstein 0 lost to Israel 1 (Tibi 21); Spain 3 (Rodrigo 16, Isco 24, Alcantara 27) bt Albania 0.

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.

"Once we start doing that, we are devaluing what it means to play for Wales", Coleman said.

"We can win the match", he said. Of course the connections are always going to be there.

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