Spain punch World Cup ticket, Serbia made to wait

Marco Green
October 12, 2017

Chris Coleman will take time to consider his future as Wales manager after suffering a "devastating" defeat to Republic of Ireland that ended his country's World Cup hopes.

Wales will not be at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation after losing 1-0 at home to the Republic of Ireland on Monday night.

Both teams are looking to get into the 2018 FIFA World Cup but only one team will get a first or second-place finish in Group D after this match ends.

Iceland have qualified for their first ever World Cup finals thanks to a 2-0 victory over Kosovo which secured top spot in Group I.

"You need a little bit of luck and, maybe on another night we've have had that, but it's done". "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".

"I will really have to think about it and replay the game again".

Elsewhere on Monday, Spain collected a meaningless 1-0 win over Israel (Azpilicueta finally played, the full game, too, as did Pedro), as did Italy over Albania with Zappacosta playing the final 30. It was a big night tonight and we will enjoy it, but it means nothing if we don't go on and qualify.

Israel will arrive in Tallaght having won first time out at home to Azerbaijan before returning from Norway with a point after a 0-0 draw.

Young Callum O'Dowda got his first global start on Friday, but O'Neil would be a very fearless man not to bring back in joint top scorer in qualifying McClean who has three goals to his name or the talented Brady.

"Whatever game-plan we have, we are going to try to utilise it as best we possibly can", the Ireland boss said.

Brought into the Wales team in place of Sam Vokes, Hal Robson-Kanu went close early on with a header from a Joe Ledley corner, before Aaron Ramsey saw a crisp drive tipped over by Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

"They are inconsolable but they should be very proud".

"We've got a good defensive record throughout the campaign, we're disappointed conceding a goal (against Norway), it would have been nice to have the eight clean sheets".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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