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Route to World Cup clearer for NI and Republic

12 Octubre 2017

Unfortunately, an Irish World Cup play-off showdown now looks impossible as both teams will almost certainly be unseeded in the play-off draw, which takes place next Tuesday.

From the way I read it, it's one from Italy, Croatia, Denmark or Switzerland and Ireland will need every ounce of guts and determination they can call on to find a way to Russia.

Drawing Denmark in the play-off draw would make 61% of our voters extremely happy as they feel it's our best chance of reaching Russia. That's an exaggeration but the point is valid.

Italy are managed by 68-year-old Giampiero Ventura, who has vast experience managing in Serie A and the lower tiers of Italian football.

As well as the players, Dragons fans and FAW board members want Coleman to stay for the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

UFC star McGregor, born and raised in Dublin, is a massive fan of all things to do with his homeland and sent a message to the boys in green after the game.

But I do remember Duffy that day. It helps that like most Irishmen, he's also got the gift of the gab.

Even after James McClean's 57th-minute strike put the visitors in the ascendancy, the 30,000 Welsh supporters in the ground continued their attempts to inspire Chris Coleman's players with their impressively vociferous encouragement. Quinn played 20 minutes during this campaign.

David Meyler celebrating Ireland's victory over Wales.

The Everton defender is making good progress in his recovery from the double leg break that he suffered back in March, but Ireland manager, Martin O'Neill reckons the play-off matches might come too soon.

This season alone he has had to face Salomón Rondón, Jermain Defoe, Jamie Vardy, Andre Gray, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Agüero.

Here's a video of Meyler packing himself in FIFA.

WHEN A SEAGULL emptied the contents of its arse onto my jacket outside the Cardiff City Stadium, perhaps I should have known that it was going to be Ireland's night.

Wales had 17 shots compared to Ireland's eight on the night, but only four were on target.

To him the impact of the Troubles was not something he read about, it was something he knew.

Only one of their shots on target was taken from inside the box, Robson-Kanu's header. He regularly opens FIFA Ultimate Team packs and even gets stuck in the hardcore Weekend League tournament.

Daryl Murphy had nine wins while Ciaran Clark had seven.

Route to World Cup clearer for NI and Republic