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Ireland clinch World Cup playoff spot after McClean cracker sinks Wales

10 October 2017, 12:06 | Susie Olson

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It's win or bust - Scotland woe means victory will guarantee Ireland play-off spot

We're one game away from maybe going to a play-off for the World Cup so we're delighted he's here.

The news comes as a serious blow for the Republic, who must beat Wales in Monday night's Group D clash, live on Sky Sports, in order to reach the play-offs for the finals in Russian Federation. We have to do that - it's our strength."A point may be OK, but we'll go for three points".

Welcome to live text commentary of tonight's crunch World Cup qualifying clash between Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

As it turned out, a Faroese political science student, Jakup Emil Hansen, worked out that his nation should be 0.07 points ahead of Wales and, as a result, Federation Internationale de Football Association were forced to back-track and granted Kerr his ambition with a place in Pot 5, relegating Gary Speed's Wales into Pot 6. But it is Rambo, not Bale, who the army of Wales fans are grateful to have leading them into battle tonight. Wales could finish as runners-up yet still miss out on the play-offs by virtue of being the worst second-placed team.

The most damaging result of all came last night.

Aleksandar Prijovic's 74th-minute goal in Belgrade ensured Serbia topped the group by two points and was back in soccer's biggest stage for the first time since 2010.

"It was just one of them where we had to concentrate", he admitted. This group of players have made the difference. It's nice for the lads to get minutes and us to get the victory. I know it'll turn right if I keep doing the right things.

1912: Here are the permutations for both teams tonight. Should Ireland and Scotland both win then a draw will be no use to either.

Giampiero Ventura's misfiring Italy limped into the uncertainty of the qualifying playoffs.

That was the least of their worries, though, as a resolute Ireland continued to drop deeper, with Wales lacking that creative spark to find a way through.

The Irish, who can secure second spot in Group D and a playoff spot with victory over Wales, must cope without the 30-year-old Long, who played against Moldova on Friday and has won more than 70 worldwide caps.

A draw in the Serbia-Georgia game and Ireland would need to win 5-0 in Cardiff.

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