Wales World Cup bid gives boost to Cardiff Airport

Lynette Rowe
October 10, 2017

Hello and welcome to our live online coverage and score from Cardiff as Martin O' Neil takes his Republic of Ireland side to Wales in a crucial win-or-bust closing game of the 2018 Road to Russian Federation campaign.

Serbia still lead Group D with 18 points - ahead of Wales on 17 and Republic of Ireland on 16 - and will qualify if they beat Georgia at home on Monday.

The game, which has widely been forgotten by the Irish sporting public was the final game of the Euro 2008 qualification group.

"But if you had said to me right at the beginning when the group was drawn that we'd have to go to Wales and win - and we were down as fourth seeds - I would have taken it". They're not as physical as Norway, very technical in their play and we'll have to adjust our approach slightly to face up to that challenge.

Wales now have the worst record of the nine second-placed teams in the European groups, although six points could lift them off the bottom of the standings.

"This group of players have made the difference and they've gone one step further than anybody else that has gone before them".

Celtic cousins Scotland helped by not beating Slovenia on Sunday which ensured that, having won against Moldova on Friday, Ireland knew a win in Cardiff would guarantee a play-off.

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"We can't be thinking that we've done really well, it's gone".

"We said that we wanted to go out and try for a good start to put them away early".

The time will soon come to stop doing permutations posts.

The game will kick-off at 19:45 at the Cardiff City Stadium in Wales.

And Coleman dismissed fears of a grudge match after what happened when the two sides met in Dublin last March.

"It's a tough ask for Georgia to win there", he says, asking his players to draw on the experience of big wins to get the victory in Cardiff. At other times the game was played with the ferocious pace of a derby encounter rather than a normal worldwide. Jonny Williams, Allen's replacement, was prominently involved and a few minutes before the goal his cross had given Hal Robson-Kanu the first clear chance of the night. Whatever game plan we have we will utilise it the best we can.

"But there's nothing to fear and worry about the occasion".

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