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Wales' World Cup hopes over after defeat by Republic of Ireland

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Wales’ 2018 World Cup hopes are over after James McClean’s goal earned the Republic of Ireland a victory that sends them into the qualifying play-offs.

At a highly charged Cardiff City Stadium, the hosts controlled much of the first half but were frustrated by the stout defending and rugged physicality of their opponents.

The Republic grew in confidence after the interval and their abrasive approach paid off as Jeff Hendrick dispossessed Wales captain Ashley Williams and set up McClean to score with a thumping half-volley.

Wales hurled bodies forward in a desperate late search for the two goals they needed to snatch the play-off place back from Martin O’Neill’s side, but they found their route to goal blocked by an unflinching Irish defence.

Although the game lacked quality on occasions, the high stakes made for an absorbing encounter.

Only victory would have guaranteed either team a place in the play-offs, while a win coupled with a Serbia defeat – or draw in Wales’ case – at home to Georgia would have seen them qualify automatically.

However, Serbia’s win over Georgia rendered that scenario academic and secured their passage to next year’s tournament in Russia as Group D winners.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Wales

  • 1Hennessey
  • 2Gunter
  • 5Chester
  • 6Williams
  • 4Davies
  • 8KingSubstituted forWoodburnat 65′minutes
  • 7AllenBooked at 16minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 37′minutes
  • 16Ledley
  • 17Lawrence
  • 10Ramsey
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forVokesat 71′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 11Bradshaw
  • 12Maxwell
  • 13Brooks
  • 14Edwards
  • 15Ampadu
  • 18Vokes
  • 19Lockyer
  • 20Williams
  • 21Ward
  • 22Woodburn
  • 23Hedges

R. of Ireland

  • 23RandolphBooked at 89mins
  • 2Christie
  • 20Duffy
  • 3ClarkBooked at 79mins
  • 17Ward
  • 22ArterSubstituted forWhelanat 77′minutes
  • 18MeylerBooked at 90mins
  • 13Hendrick
  • 10Brady
  • 8MurphyBooked at 72minsSubstituted forLongat 90+2′minutes
  • 11McCleanBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Doyle
  • 4O’Shea
  • 5Keogh
  • 6Whelan
  • 7McGeady
  • 9Hogan
  • 12O’Dowda
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 15Hourihane
  • 16Elliot
  • 19Maguire
  • 21Long
Referee:
Damir Skomina

Match Stats

Home TeamWalesAway TeamR. of Ireland
Possession
Home72%
Away28%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Wales 0, Republic of Ireland 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wales 0, Republic of Ireland 1.

Booking

David Meyler (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Wayne Hennessey (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Meyler (Republic of Ireland).

Jonathan Williams (Wales) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James McClean (Republic of Ireland).

Attempt saved. Aaron Ramsey (Wales) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Vokes with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Wales) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aaron Ramsey (Wales) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James McClean (Republic of Ireland).

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Kevin Long replaces Daryl Murphy.

Ben Davies (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland).

Booking

Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Chris Gunter (Wales) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Wales. Conceded by David Meyler.

Corner, Wales. Conceded by David Meyler.

Foul by Chris Gunter (Wales).

Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Williams (Wales) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Wales) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Sam Vokes (Wales) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).

Booking

Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jonathan Williams (Wales).

David Meyler (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Glenn Whelan replaces Harry Arter because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Harry Arter (Republic of Ireland) because of an injury.

Foul by Ben Woodburn (Wales).

David Meyler (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aaron Ramsey (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland).

Substitution

Substitution, Wales. Sam Vokes replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Wales) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Lawrence.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) because of an injury.

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