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James McClean stuns Wales and sends Republic of Ireland into play-offs

James McClean of the Republic of Ireland celebrates as he scores their first goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D  Qualifier between Wales and Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff...

It was a night of exhilarating joy for the Republic of Ireland and at the final whistle, with players in red shirts collapsing to the ground, excruciating pain for a Wales team whose latest attempt to qualify for a World Cup finals, desperately wishing to play in their first tournament since 1958, has ended unsuccessfully once again.

Republic of Ireland’s Martin O’Neill ‘not bothered’ by Wales being favourites

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill (R) watches on from the sidelines during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Austria at Aviva Stadium on June 11,...

It is up for grabs now. Wales host the Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadiumon Monday with each set of supporters still a little dizzy after several days’ performing needless mental acrobatics in a bid to understand the permutations required for their side either to qualify for Russia as group winners or to make the play-offs as one of the eight top second-placed sides.

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