Wales 0-0 Republic of Ireland

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The playoff draw will take place next Tuesday (October 17th) at Federation Internationale de Football Association headquarters in Zurich and it's expected to begin at 1pm.

Wales lost 1-0 at home against the Republic of Ireland on Monday (9 October), falling short of reaching a play-off spot as hopes of reaching a first World Cup since 1958 were crushed by a James McLean's goal in the second half.

A draw would guarantee Wales second place in the group, and could even be enough for them to go top in the event of an unlikely Serbian defeat.

If Group D table-toppers Serbia, who host Georgia this evening, lose for the second consecutive game, whoever wins the crunch clash between Wales and Ireland will secure an automatic spot in next year's footballing showpiece in Russian Federation.

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Having the Welsh midfielder come back to north London in good spirits and fine fettle would probably help Arsenal, but I just wonder what the longer term effects might be.

"We had to withstand a lot of pressure, which you would expect".

Who the team heading into playoffs from Group B remains to be seen.

In the absence of key man Gareth Bale, it was Ireland's James McClean who took centre stage as he fired in a brilliant strike to keep Irish hopes of a place at Russian Federation 2018 alive.

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And if Croatia also drew but scored more goals in doing so than Wales, Chris Coleman's men would miss out on a play-off place to Croatia on fair play points as it stands, although those points totals could change during the matches as yellow and red cards rack up. The game is on Sky Go in the United Kingdom and Ireland. "I'm thinking about the fact there's a dressing room full of devastated players and staff", said Coleman.

In the 57th minute, Jeff Hendrick forced a turnover, then took the ball into the corner and placed a pass into the box that was perfectly primed for McClean's right foot.

Ireland will be unseeded and could end up facing Italy or Portugal over two legs, although O'Neill had a message for his side's potential opponents. And with a little bit of luck and a wing and a prayer, hoping to get it right in the last game (but) we didn't, the Republic of Ireland got it right.

According to Sky Sports, the global governing body are probing the incident, which took place during the Republic of Ireland's 1-0 win in Cardiff.

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