Cardiff City Stadium
World Cup Qualification UEFA • Group D
  • 2nd Half
  • Wales
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Meyler
  • McClean
  • MurphyLong
  • Randolph
  • Clark
  • ArterWhelan
  • Murphy
  • Robson-KanuVokes
  • KingWoodburn
  • McClean
  • 1st Half
  • Wales
  • Republic of Ireland
  • AllenWilliams
  • Allen

Wales - Republic of Ireland
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 9 October 2017

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That's it! Ireland have done it! Wales hearts have been broken in Cardiff. A 60-year exile from a World Cup finals rumbles on. James McClean's fourth goal of the qualification campaign was enough on the night. The Irish are in the hat for next week's play-off draw. Thanks for joining us. Full report and reaction to follow on site. Goodnight.


A costly foul, as Meyler picks up a booking for needlessly fouling Hennessey. That means he will be suspended for the first leg of the play-off.


Ramsey brings the ball down his chest, swivels and shoots for goal, but that is straight at Randolph.


McClean, who has just served a ban, leaves his foot in on Ramsey and earns himself a caution.


Another change for Ireland, with Kevin Long coming on for Murphy. Valuable time wasted.


Five added minutes here. Time for two goals?


Woodburn launches the ball into the middle, but Chester is penalised for a foul on Randolph.


Williams launches it forward, Vokes flicks it on, but again it is cleared by Ireland.


Again Meyler is the man to get the ball clear for Ireland. Wales throwing everything at this now.


Shoot he does, and that is awful from Ramsey, as he smashes it well over the top.


Duffy is all over Vokes and that is a free-kick to Wales in a dangerous position. Will he shoot from there?


Excellent cross into the middle from Woodburn, but Vokes is on his heels, and the ball drops into the waiting arms of Randolph.


Ireland are pulling out all the tricks here. Clark picks up a booking for the latest time wasting effort.


That is the end of the game for Arter, as he is replaced by Glenn Whelan.


In other Group D news, Serbia have found the opener against Georgia. They - as expected - are going through as group winners if scores stay the same. Ireland will be in the play-offs.


Croatia now two goals in front in Kiev. A win is a must for Wales. Murphy is the next man into the book for a flailing arm.


Another change for Wales with Sam Vokes throw on, in place of Robson-Kanu.


CHANCE! Gunter's cross is deflected into the path of Lawrence, who lays it off for Ramsey, but he gets underneath his shot, and the ball flies over the top.


Ramsey clips a cross onto the head of Robson-Kanu, but he cannot arch his back to guide the header on target.


The news doesn't get any better for Wales, as Croatia have taken the lead in Kiev against the Ukraine. Now Wales must win. Can they muster two goals?


There is the change, with Woodburn coming on for Andy King.


Delay in play as Davies gets some treatment for a head injury. Got clattered twice.


Great long ball from McClean picks out the run of Murphy, who wins the corner off Williams.


Woodburn is being readied on the touchline. Wales need some inspiration here.


He has been so crucial for the Irish.


A brilliant goal from visitors, but poor from Wales' point of view. Williams gives the ball away after Hennessey's poor throw, Hendrick nips in, gets to the byline brilliantly, fires it across, Arter leaves it for McClean who rifles it into the bottom corner. This is the first time Wales have been behind in this qualification campaign.


GOAL! Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland. What a moment as McClean gives his side the lead in Cardiff.


This game is coming to life here. Ireland a real threat on the counter.


SAVE! Super, super football from Wales. Williams whips a great cross onto the head of Robson-Kanu, who steers it goalwards, but Randolph acrobatically tips it onto the crossbar.


CLOSE! Half the ground thought it was in, but James Chester's near-post header flies into the side-netting from a corner.


Great cross from Ledley picks out Robson-Kanu, but Duffy heads clear very sharply under pressure.


Very, very good contest now. Wales dominated for long spells in the first half, but very even now.


Ireland again go long, Williams half clears, but fortunately it runs through to Hennessey.


We are back under way in Cardiff. Croatia remain locked at 0-0 with Ukraine, if it stays like this, Wales qualify. A win takes away the nerves, of course.


That's all for the first half here. Ireland have really grown into this as it has gone on, but Wales certainly the better side. Few chances, with the main talking point being Allen's departure through injury. Tight, tense, nervy, this game is yet to ignite. A goal will do just that.


Two minutes of added time at the end of the half as Wayne Hennessey plucks a free-kick out of the air.


Such a nervy game at the moment. Tackles starting to fly in, even with six Wales players one booking away from a suspension.


Stephen Ward launches another long throw into the middle, but this time Wales deal with it far better.


From a corner, the ball breaks to Ben Davies at the back post. It's an awkward attempt though with his right foot - skied over the crossbar.


It is a like-for-like swap, but Williams will have a tall order to match Allen's effectiveness.


Huge, huge blow for Wales as Allen cannot continue. Can never be too careful with head injuries. Jonny Williams comes on in his place.


Allen gets caught in the middle of a bouncing ball as McClean and Meyler provide the force from either end. He looks a bit shaken and is receiving treatment. He looks groggy as he gets up.


CLOSE! It is a little scrappy, but Ireland do well to keep the move alive a free-kick had been half cleared, the ball drops to Duffy, but he drags his effort across goal and wide.


Tremendous noise coming down from the stands. The nerves are palpable, though, as the game remains scoreless.


They really haven't mastered it...


Ramsey whips a cross into the middle, but again, Randolph plucks it out of the air.


Lawrence finds space about 30 yards out and spins forward. He doesn't think twice about taking the shot on but it is tame and straight at Randolph.


CHANCE! A long throw into the box causes havoc in the Wales penalty area, the ball drops to Jeff Hendrick, but the Burnley man scuffs his effort into the ground and it is cleared.


To their credit, Ireland are starting to get some bodies forward. Cyrus Christie is threatening down the right.


Does seem a gulf in quality early on...


Allen has a crack from distance, but Clark slides in to block well. Great start from the hosts.


Ireland finally causing some threat as James McClean whips a super cross into the middle, but Ashley Williams is equal to it as he slides in to clear.


Yellow card for Allen. Goes for the ball, but David Meyler gets there first, with Allen hacking the Ireland skipper to the floor.


Randolph does well to pluck Ledley's corner out of the air. Ireland looking more and more nervous at the back.


Gunter is always in space down the right. His low cross is hacked clear by Clark but Wales come again....


Shane Duffy hacks the ball clear, off the toes of Robson-Kanu. The pressure is mounting on the Green Army.


Slight lull after a raucous opening here. Still, all Wales in terms of possession.


SAVE! Whether it was going in or not is a different issue, but Darren Randolph makes a flying save, tipping Ramsey's rasping effort over the bar.


All the possession still with Wales. They look very relaxed here. Ireland can't get near it.


Robson-Kanu is the target man for Wales, but Aaron Ramsey and Tom Lawrence have plenty of licence to roam in behind him. Daryl Murphy isolated so far for visitors.


Joe Ledley whips in a near-post cross which Robson-Kanu reads and gets the run on Duffy. He gets there ahead of the defender but can't flick the header on target. Over the bar.


All the early pressure from Wales as Hal Robson-Kanu tries to carry the ball down the left flank before being dispossessed.


We have had both spine-tingling national anthems, now it is down to business. This is it, Wales could be one step closer to their second-ever World Cup finals appearance, while Ireland would be on the verge of a first finals appearance since 2002. What an occasion. We are under way!


Atmosphere is building in the Cardiff cauldron...


It is almost time...


HOME COMFORTS: Chris Coleman’s team are unbeaten in their last 10 competitive matches on home soil, winning six and drawing four. However, Wales haven’t won four consecutive matches since a run of six under Mike England in May 1981.


A tight game awaits. The last three matches between these two sides in Wales have ended level, with two of those games ending goalless. Wales have only won once at home to the Republic of Ireland – a 2-1 victory in September 1979, with a side featuring Terry Yorath; Wales’ last win over Ireland came away from home in February 1992, with former Leeds and Spurs midfielder Yorath in charge that day.


HEAD-TO-HEAD: Wales have won just one of their last 10 matches against Republic of Ireland (D4 L5) and none of the last seven. Even more worryingly, Wales have failed to score in five of their last six against Ireland, with Jason Koumas scoring their only two goals in this run back in November 2007.

Wales defender Neil Taylor received a two-match ban for the tackle which left Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman with a double leg fracture

Chris Coleman will not be sending out his side with just one point in mind: "We're on dangerous ground if we go in with a game plan of trying to soak the pressure up for 90 minutes," Coleman told reporters. "We are too good to do that. We'll go and attack, go and score goals. We have to do that - it's our strength."

Wales manager Chris Coleman is in confident mood ahead of their final four World Cup qualifiers

Sporting Welshmen unite!


So, if Wales draw, how do they qualify? Remember, of all the teams who finish in second in the nine groups, only the best eight will go into the play-offs. Wales are currently above Croatia of the second-placed teams. If they match Croatia's scoreline against Ukraine, and the Welshmen are through to a play-off. If Croatia also draw, but score more goals, and they are through. Easy, right?


Rallying cry!


Hero of the Wales victory over Moldova, Hal Robson-Kanu, is Wales' only change from the win in Georgia on Friday, as he comes in for Sam Vokes.

Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates scoring for Wales against Moldova

As expected, a hip injury rules out Shane Long for the men in green. Daryl Murphy will lead the line after his two goals against Moldova. Robbie Brady and James McClean return from suspension while Harry Arter also is given the nod ahead of Wes Hoolahan.

Republic of Ireland's Shane Long is out of the Wales game

TEAM NEWS - WALES: Hennessey, Gunter, Davies, A Williams, Chester, Allen, Ledley, Ramsey, King, Lawrence, Robson-Kanu... Subs: Maxwell, Ward, Ampadu, Lockyer, Taylor, Edwards, J. Williams, Brooks, Woodburn, Hedges, Vokes, Bradshaw. /// REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Randolph, Christie, Clark, Arter, Duffy, Hendrick, McClean, Ward, Meyler, Brady, Murphy. Subs: Doyle, Eliot, O’Shea, Keogh, Whelan, McGeady, O’Kane, Maguire, Hourihane, Hogan, Hoolahan, O’Dowd.


The teams are in...


Hello and welcome to our LIVE text commentary of Wales' winner-takes-all clash with the Republic of Ireland from the Cardiff City Stadium. A win for either team will guarantee a November play-off at their opponents' expense and could yield an automatic qualifying spot if Group D leaders Serbia falter in their last game at home to Georgia. A draw for Wales could be enough, but will depend on how Croatia get on. A gripping encounter awaits! I'm Pete Hall, and I will be bringing you the action, as it happens, live!