New comer? Iceland closer to first World Cup

New comer? Iceland closer to first World Cup

New comer? Iceland closer to first World Cup

We look at the opposition and we get a game plan and that changes depending on the opposition. Unbeaten Wales' penchant for drawing games (they have drawn five of their eight qualifiers) has put them at risk of being the unlucky runner-up should they finish second.

Having received an abject apology from the Georgian FA after what was described as a technical fault led to their anthem being cut short in Tbilisi on Friday evening, Wales have taken the idea on board and announced they will be doing something similar in Cardiff.

"We knew what we needed to do in this game but I think it all comes down to the game on Monday now", commented O'Dowda to RTE's Tony O'Donoghue shortly after the final whistle. You can't do that in a game of this magnitude against a team like the Republic of Ireland.

"He has obviously been a class player, a world-class player and he's been essential for us". We know what we have to do.

Martin O'Neill was pleased with the Republic of Ireland's performance but emphasised getting a win over Moldova was much more important ahead of Monday's visit to Cardiff.

Scotland's failure to win in Slovenia means the Republic now can not suffer the fate of triumphing in Cardiff but still ending up as the worst of the nine European group runners-up and thus missing out on the play-offs.

"I think that it's exciting times for us".

"I think that Wales would naturally miss a player of that calibre", O'Neill told reporters.

O'Neill will welcome back wingers Robbie Brady and James McClean after the pair missed Friday's 2-0 win over Moldova through suspension.

There is an outside chance Ireland could top Group D if they win in Cardiff and Serbia lose to Georgia.

O'Neill's men are still pushing for qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, and they face a tense last-day showdown against Wales on Monday night.

"We have to contain our excitement because we've always wanted to be in these games and up until two years ago we could never have dreamed of it".

"We played with a lot of verve and determination, got out and closed Italy down very quickly, and a lot of that will be necessary tomorrow night".

Moldova boss Igor Dobrovolski's post-match press conference was a study in brevity.

He rejoined the Wales squad when they flew back from Georgia on Saturday and spent last night at the team hotel in the Vale of Glamorgan.

So perhaps Brady will come into the hole as the Number 10 for Wes Hoolahan, and McClean return on the wing, which is his best position.

Wales coach Coleman expects a physical game, but is adamant that the bitter fallout from that draw will not affect his side's approach. We ended up drawing.

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