Sport Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland - Player Ratings

01:30  10 october  2017
01:30  10 october  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Northern Ireland face Switzerland and Republic tackle Danes in play-offs

  Northern Ireland face Switzerland and Republic tackle Danes in play-offs The Republic of Ireland have been drawn against Denmark in the play-offs for the 2018 World Cup while Northern Ireland will face Switzerland for a spot in the finals. Both nations avoided four-time winners Italy and will be hopeful of booking their place in Russia next summer.Martin O'Neill's Repbublic beat Wales last week to seal their spot as runners-up in Group D while Northern Ireland finished second to Germany in Group C.The two-legged ties will take place between 9 -14 November, with Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland at home in the opening leg, while the Republic of Ireland travel to Denmark.

Ireland stunned Wales with a 1 - 0 away victory to secure their place in the World Cup play -offs on Monday night. With both sides requiring a win to guarantee runners-up spot in Group D behind Serbia, it was Wales who made all the running but James McClean's superb second-half strike ended their

Wales ’ player of the year was steady as usual. James Chester 7. CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 09: Ben Davies of Wales and Robbie Brady of the Republic of Ireland battle for the ball during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Wales and Republic of Ireland at the

Wales v Republic of Ireland - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier © Harry Trump/Getty Images Sport Wales v Republic of Ireland - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

Wales and Ireland met at the Cardiff City Stadium with the World Cup hope of both sides hanging in the balance and in the end, it was…

The first half was very tight, with both sets of players performing like they knew what was at stake.

Ireland, needing to win, took the lead just before the hour mark when James McClean fired home a great strike after a mistake from Ashley Williams.

Results from elsewhere also filtered through so the whole stadium knew Wales needed to win the game to qualify, a draw would not be enough and as much as they searched for a goal, they were unable to get one and as such, were eliminated and Ireland advanced to the playoffs.

Long passed fit to face Newcastle

  Long passed fit to face Newcastle Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has confirmed that Shane Long is fit ahead of the club’s clash with Newcastle on Sunday. The Saints host Newcastle at St. Mary’s this weekend and Long was an injury doubt heading into the game. Long missed Ireland’s second international match earlier this week after injuring his hip against Georgia last week. Speaking to Southampton’s website ahead of the game, Pellegrino said this: “He (Long) was training today 100 per cent, he is much better, and I think he will be ready.” The striker has started Southampton’s last three matches but has failed to score so far this season. He has now gone over 1000 minutes of football for Southampton without netting a goal, with one in his last 24 games. Southampton, as a club, have only scored in three of their eight matches in all competitions this season. Pellegrino’s side has struggled for goals and lacked creativity at times going forward. The Argentine coach will now be hoping that Long can make the difference on Sunday against Newcastle.

Rating : 5. 5 James McClean. Probably just about Ireland ’s best player , always willing in attack or defence. Stakes high as Republic of Ireland take on Wales . Ken Early: Bale is Wales ’s undisputed technical chief.

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Here are how both sets of players rated in the game:

Marley Watkins withdraws from Wales squad due to injury .
Norwich City striker Marley Watkins has been forced to withdraw from the Wales international squad due to injury and he will be replaced by Barnsley striker Ryan Hedges, according to Sky Sports. Twitter: Breaking: @NorwichCityFC striker @MarleyWatkins out of @FAWales squad due to injury. @bfc_official’s @RyanHedges95… (@SkySportsNews Watkins, whose injury has not been specified, had been on the bench for Wales’ last three matches, but will now miss the World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland. Twitter: Gutted to have to pull out of the Wales squad with an injury. All the best to the boys for the next 2 games

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