And indeed there it is as the game finishes goalless. The game overshadowed by a horrible challenge from Taylor on Coleman.
- 2nd Half
- 1/2 Time
Republic of Ireland - Wales
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Pinball in the penalty area but Ireland can't get a dangerous shot away. Might that be it?
- Yellow cardAiden McGeadyRepublic of Ireland
McGeady is furious about not getting a corner and in his anger he barges into the referee, quickly picking up a yellow card for it.
That won't do it. Bale sends his header wide.
Late corner for Wales, could they possibly win it?
That was close! Bale picks up the ball and goes on a run. He smashes it with his left foot and it goes just wide of the post.
Bale looks a bit sheepish as he turns to the referee after catching McClean with a high foot. He's possibly lucky to escape a second yellow there.
- OffDavid MeylerRepublic of Ireland
- OnAiden McGeadyRepublic of Ireland
Ireland are going for it now. Aiden McGeady is on to take the place of Meyler.
Wales go close from a free-kick before Ireland break with McClean but his ball is headed clear by Chester. A follow-up ball is agonisingly close from finding the head of an Ireland player.
Ireland try and sneak a short corner but McClean's shot is charged down, it'll be another corner.
McClean thinks he's scored. He gets a left-footed volley away but it's blocked and he gets another one on the rebound with his right and this time it is deflected inches wide.
The TV cameras are choosing not to show a replay of that challenge, that'll give you an idea of how bad it was.
Right a couple of changes in the wake of that challenge. Ledley comes off with Jazz Richards coming on to play in defence whilst Cyrus Christie replaces Coleman.
He's been taken off on a stretcher with some oxygen and the entire ground applauds him. Hopefully it's not as bad as it looks.
This is really bad, Coleman is still down and isn't moving. He looks distraught and his team-mates are in shock.
- Red cardNeil TaylorWales
RED CARD! NEIL TAYLOR
Oh that's horrendous. A real horror challenge from Neil Taylor as he comes in high and late on Coleman.
The Everton right-back is still down and he looks in a bad way.
- Yellow cardGareth BaleWales
Yellow card for Bale who will now be suspended for the game against Serbia.
We're starting to reach the stage where one goal would win it. He says desperately praying for more than one goal.
Another good run from Gunter and he's found by Bale. His cross makes it way to the back post and Taylor scuffs it. Vokes swivels and turns but his shot goes wide.
And it goes straight into the wall...
Another free-kick for Ireland in a dangerous position.
The corner, you've guessed it, comes to nothing.
Long gets a flick to a long ball and Williams makes an excellent challenge to deny Walters.
It, as with all the other chances tonight, comes to nothing as McClean wastes it.
Ramsey has a good chance but down the other end he gives away a free-kick.
There is a person with a trumpet playing.
You may think this would be nice and atmospheric.
You'd be wrong.
That's a great chance.
Free header for Taylor in the area but he can't get it on target.
He's good at football this Bale lad. He drops a shoulder and unleashes a terrific effort with his left. It goes narrowly wide.
Free-kick in Bale territory and it's swerving and dipping but it's straight at Randolph.
Great early chance for Wales as Taylor heads the ball down for Ramsey but he can't get his feet out from underneath him.
- Yellow cardDavid MeylerRepublic of Ireland
And we have a yellow card straight away as Meyler comes clattering into Ramsey.
- OffHal Robson-KanuWales
- OnSam VokesWales
We're back underway for the second-half and there's a sub with Sam Vokes coming on for Robson-Kanu.
- End of 1st Half
It's half-time but there was some naughtiness before that as replays show that Whelan elbowed Allen.
Hasn't been a classic but there's a bit of a fire brewing.
this is starting to get tasty, and by that a notch above tepid. The referee lets a challenge on Coleman go and the captain is the same level of anger as the entire crowd put together. Which is testament to Coleman's passion.
Bale gets a bit frustrated as Ireland continue to sit deep and unleashes a shot from some way out. It doesn't even come close to troubling Randolph it's so bad.
A good chance for Bale comes and goes as his touch lets him down but eventually Wales get another corner.
More concern for Wales as Ramsey is down. He's back up now but he's clearly not 100%
It's a good ball that nearly leads to Long getting on the end of it and Wales can clear.
Some pressure from Ireland results in a corner. McClean to take.
The home crowd are starting to get a bit impatient and they wake up as Long is nearly played in. The ball is just behind and he can't grather it.
Both teams are working very hard but so far Bale has been the only one who has looked like possibly breaking the deadlock.
Bale is absolutely everywhere. Now he drifts over to the left and tries to send in a cross but it's blocked behind for a corner. Randolph wins a free-kick as he's swarmed by Welsh players.
Meanwhile Gareth Bale conntinues to do Gareth Bale things. He plays a gorgeous pass from deep that Taylor is agonisingly close to.
There are a few concerns over Ramsey at the moment. He's come over to the sidelines for treatment a couple of times and is supposedly suffering with a dead leg.
Ireland start pressing their opponents now and McClean wins a free-kick that he will take as he looks to send it into the box. It's poor and comes out to Meyler who half-volleys it over.
Ireland think they should have a free-kick as Walters goes over following a touch from Allen but the referee says no and he's probably right. That came about following good work from Long chasing down a lost cause.
Ireland are just trying to keep the ball and have a spell of possession but Wales pressure them and win it back. However Davies can't quite find Robson-Kanu with his long ball over the top.
Nervous moments for Ireland as Wales pepper their box with crosses. Eventually O'Shea can get it away.
Both of Ledley's corners are cleared pretty easily. Poor delivery from the midfielder.
Now Walters is back in his own box to clear the ball behind with Neil Taylor steaming in behind him.
Keogh gets on the end of it but he uses the Wales defender to try and start flying. Nice try Richard.
Walters wins a flick-on and gets clattered by Williams. The referee tries to play advantage but pulls it back for the free-kick. Whelan will take.
Both Coleman and Gunter are getting rather a lot of space on their respective right flanks. Something to keep an eye on.
There's a huge cheer as Bale gets some space down the left and over hits his cross out of play.
Probably not best to goad one of the best players in the world...
Both teams are putting pressure on their opponents, which is making this quite entertaining.
Allen bursts past a challenge and finds Ramsey. The Arsenal man swivels and turns and sends an arching ball out to the right but Gunter can't quite reach it. Now there's a lovely tribute form the entire stadium to the late Derry captain Ryan McBride, who sadly passed away this week.
Couple of fiesty, yet fair, tackles are exchanged in the middle of the park before Walters gets to the byline and gets a cross in. Wales clear.
Some early pressure from Wales as they have a free-kick on the touch-line that they will try and swing in. Bale stands over it. It comes to nothing as Randolph gathers a loose ball.
- 1st Half
And we're underway!
And straight away Glenn Whelan hits an ambitious left-footed half-volley from about 25 yards out. As you may expect it drifts wide.
As Michael Higgins is introduced to the teams and the anthems are played let's have your predictions!
BREAKING INJURY NEWS
So James McCarthy was an injury doubt, Ronald Koeman was unhappy about him being in the squad, and now he has had to pull out just before the game.
David Meyler comes in.
THIS IS NOT MUST-WIN
As for Chris Coleman his message to his players is that this is not a must-win match, despite their position in the group.
He added that they have to play the game and not the occasion.
"People will look at this and say it's do or die but I don't see that," he said.
"All I see is a huge challenge, a great game for us. We've always wanted to be involved in games like this, when the pressure is on for all the right reasons, which means we're competing at the right end as opposed to halfway into it and competing for nothing, competing for pride. That's not the case.
"We can't miss the game - we did that I think against England,
"We were disappointed after the England game because it was a British derby* and there was so much surrounding it, and we got sucked into that."
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has called on his side to remember their famous win over Italy in the European Championships.
"It's not a distant memory. Some of the players who performed that evening can call upon the experience again and go for it.
"I think we will have to produce a performance like that against Wales. I think the players are ready for it."
HOW WE STAND
This is a tough group to get out of. One, possibly two, of Ireland, Wales, Serbia and Austria will qualify, that means a big nation is going to miss out.
Serbia have played five and they top the table with 11 points.
Ireland have played four and are one behind on 10, with Wales and Austria on six and four points respectively after four games.
WALES TEAM NEWS
The big news for Wales is that both Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are able to start.
Hennessey, Gunter, Taylor, Davies, Chester, Williams, Allen, Robson-Kanu, Ramey, Bale, Ledley.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND TEAM NEWS
There are a number of injury issues for Ireland so their team more or less picks itself at the moment.
Randolph, Coleman, Keogh, O'Shea, Ward, McClean, Whelan, McCarthy, Hendrick, Walters, Long.
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