February 26, 2018

Ireland beat Moldova to set up Wales playoff decider

07 October 2017, 12:46 | Kara Nash

Ireland beat Moldova to set up Wales playoff decider

Ireland players Cyrus Christie Rob Elliot Conor Hourihane Eunan O’Kane Kevin Long Callum O’Dowda Richard Keogh and Darren Randolph at training

They now head to Cardiff on Monday having to beat Chris Coleman's Euro 2016 semi-finalists, who are ranked 21 places above them by Federation Internationale de Football Association, to stand a chance of progressing from a wide-open group.

Friday night's victory at the Aviva Stadium materialised, as expected, over bottom placed Moldova to keep Ireland's chances of qualifying for Russian Federation 2018 on life support.

Ireland simply have to win tonight and then do likewise away to Wales in Cardiff on Monday night to have any hope of securing a play-off spot for the finals next summer.

England just need a victory over Slovenia on Thursday to secure their place in Russian Federation and assuming Gareth Southgate's men do the business, Scotland can climb into second spot in Group F by beating Slovakia. "But I definitely think that he is a goalscorer", he added.

If Ireland see off Wales and Ukraine and Croatia draw on Monday in Group I, that will also be enough to place inside the top eight runners-up.

And after such a promising start to the qualifying campaign with 10 points from our opening four games, the Republic of Ireland have been in free fall since and are without a competitive win at home all year.

"We qualified for a competition and I think season tickets have gone from 4,000 to 16,000 so I think there is some evidence we are doing okay".

Twins' Sano out of wild-card game
Didi Gregorius hit 25 home runs this season. "We're ready for that kind of atmosphere", Gardner said. "So, it's good to be back". The Yankees , on the other hand, went 91-71 to secure the top Wild-Card spot and home field advantage for tonight's matchup.

Wales enter the final stretch of Group D without injured Real Madrid star Gareth Bale and Chris Coleman's men have an arduous return journey from Tbilisi to contend with compared to Ireland's short flight to Cardiff on Sunday afternoon.

"So I think there is much to look forward to".

"I think that he can improve greatly on his hold-up play outside the penalty area and I have said that to him. I suppose one out of one isn't so bad".

This should be a comfortable win for Ireland, even if they are not a side that scores a lot of goals.

Robbie Brady and James McClean are out due to suspension.

"I had a conversation with John not so very long ago and John would like me to continue".

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