The Republic of Ireland defeats Wales in the World Cup qualifier
The Republic of Ireland got a crucial victory in the Group D World Cup Qualifying on 9th of October. They beat Wales by a 0-1 score, which has propelled them to the kick-off stage of the competition.
Since the start of the game, the Welsh have been dominating in possession, and they surely felt a lot of frustration as they couldn’t muster any successful effort past visitors’ stubborn resistance.
After a goalless first-time period, the Republic started to improve attempting more to make a dangerous move. It finally came, as James McClean collected the ball from Jeff Hendrick who slid it to his teammate from Ashley William’s feet. McLean made his way to the keeper and scored with a low strike, which gave Republic an impressive win.
Of course, the Welsh attackers were desperately searching for an opportunity to score afterwards, but until the end of the match, they couldn’t do better. They lost the second place to Republic, and on this stage, their World Cup campaign has ended.
Wales has previously qualified for the World Cup in 1958. There were many close moments in these years, but after all this time their struggle continues.
Hosts’ midfielder Josh Allen’s departure in the second half has surely played a big role in this outcome. As he was sent off, Wales had some moments of insecurity, which the Republic used for their convenience.
The first round of the play-off matches will start on 9th of November, which will last a couple of days and afterwards the return-leg will take place. The draw for this stage will take place in Zurich on 17th of October.
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