Permutations: The results Ireland need to reach play-off (Part 2)

Wales v Republic of Ireland- 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying- Group D- Cardiff City Stadium

IRELAND have been dealt a hammer blow as Shane Long has been ruled out of their massive World Cup qualifier against Wales in Cardiff due to a hip injury.

Wales and the Republic of Ireland go head-to-head at the Cardiff City Stadium tonight.

With Bale in the team, the Dragons are a side capable of reaching the semi-finals of major tournaments, just as they did in the summer of 2016 when the one-time world's most expensive player inspired Chris Coleman's men to the Euro 2016 last four.

The Irish know that victory will put them in the play-offs for Russian Federation 2018, whilst any other result will end their World Cup dream.

Wales enter Monday in second place on the Group D table, with 17 points, after a 1-0 win against Georgia on Friday.

This would depend on who won their match tonight, as both Wales and the Republic could still come top of their group. "I don't know about revenge, but certainly the view among the players is that if Russian Federation was available to us and we could make it there, thoughts about Seamus would be very much in the forefront of our minds", he said. "It's definitely a night for cool heads and to play the game and not the occasion".

A loss means Wales will finish third.

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

Winger McClean beat Wales in this must-win game with a brilliantly worked team goal that keeps Ireland's hopes of being in Russian Federation next summer alive.

'The players have proven this is a golden era, ' Coleman said. "We'll get in tomorrow morning, prepare for Wales and give it a hell of a go". Whatever game plan we have we will utilise it the best we can. If Wales draw and Serbia lose to Georgia by two goals or more Wales will qualify as group winners. It was the first time Wales had fallen behind throughout the entire qualification campaign.

"All I can control is my own group, the players and my staff - that's what I concentrate on and that's what we'll do in this game", said Coleman.

"I just feel it is a wonderful night for soccer and it's a form of vindication for Martin O'Neill in particular".

If either Croatia or Ukraine win and Wales draw then Wales will be the worst second-placed team.

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