It is funny how things change.
Defeat for the Republic of Ireland in Vienna on Saturday would not be fatal in a group that appears destined to go down to the final set of games, but it would still represent a considerable blow, not least because Austria are stacked with problems of their own.
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For Wales it was a point that could have been three and also came at a cost, yet once the dust settles and Chris Coleman and his players clear their heads, they will come to view this as a valuable result. Despite leading twice, Wales were never in control of the game and Marko Arnautovic ruthlessly capitalised on some slack defending to earn Austria the draw that they deserved.
Chris Coleman has dismissed Marcel Koller’s suggestion that Wales were lucky at Euro 2016 and, in a carefully worded response, implied the Austria coach was in charge of a team who “couldn’t handle the pressure in the tournament”. Speaking before Thursday night’s World Cup qualifier in Vienna, Koller said Wales “were lucky that a match did not turn in another direction” in France, prompting Coleman to defend his players.
As Chris Coleman reflected on how times have changed for Wales after Euro 2016, the manager gave an insight into just how much his own life has been turned on its head as he recalled last month’s Uefa national team coaches’ conference in Paris and laughed about the fact he no longer needs to wear a name badge.
Elevated into Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid team during the opening two weeks of the La Liga season, the attacking midfielder was included in Julen Lopetegui’s first squad for a friendly with Belgium and Monday’s visit of Liechtenstein, though he did not make it off the bench for the win in Brussels on Thursday.
Italy’s biggest bank, UniCredit, has borne the brunt of lingering anxiety about the country’s banking sector, seeing its shares fall sharply following the EU-wide banking health checks.
Now there has been a vote for Brexit, there are calls in other countries for people to have their say on the European Union.