Wales, Ireland in winner-takes-all duel

Wales, Ireland in winner-takes-all duel

The 1958 World Cup was the first and last time that Wales qualified for football's showpiece tournament but they ran out at the Cardiff City Stadium believing the wait was almost at an end.

A 2-0 win over Moldova at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night has given Ireland one final chance, which they must take.

Republic of Ireland ended Wales' hopes of securing a play-off spot to ensure their own qualifying campaign continued thanks to a second-half strike from James McClean.

The final qualifying games in the UEFA section take place on Tuesday, October 10, so we will know the eight teams involved on that evening.

"The job was to get the three points [against Moldova] no matter what and now we are fully focused and hopefully there will be a big crowd from Ireland". But we had to win tonight in Cardiff and we've done exactly that. But if you had said to me right at the beginning when the group was drawn that we'd have to go to Wales and win - and we were down as fourth seeds - I would have taken it.

'What happened to Seamus was unfortunate but I don't think it will have a bearing on this game, ' said Coleman. The goal was worthy of winning any game. "James scores a great goal for us and then we have to withstand more pressure".

Defending deeply, and in numbers, and scoring on a counterattack, it was a classic away performance from Ireland against a Wales team that hadn't lost in Cardiff in four years.

"Do I fear teams in it? We have come through - fantastic".

Both Chris Coleman and Martin O'Neill are anticipating a huge clash in the Welsh capital.

"All I can think about right now is the faces of the players in the dressing room and their disappointment", Coleman told Sky Sports when asked about his future as Wales boss.

Coleman said he remained proud of his players' efforts, despite them failing to follow up reaching the seminals of last year's Euros by getting to a first World Cup since 1958. I don't think we'd want to play Portugal and there are six others I'd rather not, too.

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