Serbia took full advantage of Ireland’s failure to win against Wales with a comprehensive 3-1 away win against Georgia in Tbilisi to leapfrog Ireland at the top of the group.
The standout performances were defensive for Ireland as Ireland battled the threat of Gareth Bale from the midfield and flanks.
Wales having created very little apart from rare glimpses of Gareth Bale’s magic, Ireland should feel the more disappointed having made most of the running in the second 45 minutes.
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We are back for another week in the hope of finally getting the magic three results correct. Last weekend was another poor result in that of our initial three predictions we only had one right with Derry City emerging victorious, as both Bray Wanderers and UCD both failed to win their respective games.
Wales captain Ashley Williams cut a relaxed and unfazed character on the eve of his side’s crucial Group D clash with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, reiterating his manager’s view that the players are not focussed entirely on the game’s result, but on putting on a performance on Friday night.
It would be fair to say that a win over the Welsh tomorrow night would put Ireland in an excellent qualifying position for Russia 2018, despite a full round of group fixtures still to be negotiated.
With Wales coming into Friday’s game four points behind the Republic of Ireland, there has been much discussion as to whether this is a must win game for Chris Coleman’s men. The Welsh manager though wasn’t too worried when he met with the media in the Aviva Stadium on the eve of the Russia 2018 qualifier.
The Republic of Ireland trained at the FAI NTC at Abbotstown this morning ahead of tomorrow night’s sold out World Cup qualifier at the Aviva stadium against Wales.
Dinny Corcoran grabbed his fourth goal in three games to give Bohs the lead.