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Summary

  1. Taylor red card for late tackle on Coleman
  2. Coleman carried off on stretcher with broken leg
  3. Bale booked, will miss next game against Serbia
  4. Republic second in Group D, behind Serbia on goal difference
  5. Wales third, four points behind top two at midway stage

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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Good night

And with that rather sombre confirmation of a bad break to the leg of Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman, we bid you good night.

We will have more reaction on the site soon.

'It's a bad break'

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Seamus Coleman
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Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill on Sky Sports: “It's a bad break. He's a fantastic player and character. It’s a major blow for the lad, his club and us.

"Apparently it wasn’t the best challenge in the world – I haven’t seen it. He's gone to hospital. I saw his reaction immediately and it didn’t look good. He was holding is leg up and it didn't look good.

"We had a few things to overcome this week. We have a really great spirit. 

"Seamus is a major blow - at the end of it all the most important thing is Seamus' health."

On James McCarthy's withdrawal: "You can train and feel OK - he didn't feel as if it was worth taking a chance."

'I owed them a performance'

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James McClean
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Republic midfielder James McClean on Sky Sports: "It’s been a tough week in Derry and me personally. Martin McGuinness was a huge figure in my life in recent years and I was friends with Ryan McBride . With those two passing it was tough.

“I room by myself so behind closed doors I got my emotion out. The players and staff rallied around me. I owed them a performance.

“I thought it'd be a nice touch to wear the number five [the shirt number worn by McBride]. I can't imagine the pain the family are going through."

'Seamus Coleman is the most important thing'

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Wales manager Chris Coleman : "First and foremost, the most important thing is Seamus Coleman. We are told that it is not so good which we are sorry for.

"Neil Taylor is not really that type of player but it's a tough one for Seamus. Our thoughts are with him. I have not seen it again.

"Neil is in the dressing room, he's despondent. If he's got it wrong, he's had a serious injury himself. I have my fingers crossed for Seamus Coleman, he is the most important thing tonight."

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Martin O'Neill also adds that midfielder James McCarthy had trained for the last few days and 'felt fine', but felt that after the warm up he couldn't carry on. 

BreakingColeman break confirmed

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Confirmation of the sad news that Seamus Coleman has indeed broken his leg and was taken straight to hospital. 

'Republic have real togetherness'

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Kevin Kilbane

Former Republic of Ireland winger on 5 live

Republic started the campaign on bit of a slow-mo, performance wise, they weren't quite there. Moldova kick-started that and it was a great result against Austria, but tonight was a little flat.

Overall, the spirit is certainly there, there is a real togetherness, especially when they play together here in Dublin.

'The Republic in driving seat'

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Kevin Kilbane

Former Republic of Ireland winger on 5 live

The Republic are in the driving seat. A draw is not the worst result, everything is still in their hands going forward - it's another good point.

It wasn't a great performance, a great game, from either side. I think everybody within the Republic camp would have taken a 0-0 draw before the game.

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Everton have lost Seamus Coleman to a serious injury tonight but they have also lost James McCarthy of course. He was named in the starting XI tonight and then pulled out just before kick off with what we believe was a recurrence of his hamstring injury. 

'Wales had more in the tank'

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John Hartson

Ex-Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

To win a game of football you have to create chances, score goals. We failed to do that so it's disappointing because we had more in the tank and I felt we left a little bit out there.

Overall, we showed a little bit or spirit, a little bit of character to stay in there when we were down to 10.

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Kevin Watson:  John Hartson intent or not, that kind of player or not you can't defend the challenge or player. Result still a horrific injury 

'Coleman injury huge blow'

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Kevin Kilbane

Former Republic of Ireland winger on 5 live

Seamus Coleman
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It's an awful challenge, a little bit of a misread. He jumps into it, Seamus Coleman is too quick for him and then Neil Taylor is high and it looks a really serious injury for Coleman.

He's so popular, it will be a huge blow for Martin O'Neill, the Republic of Ireland and Everton.

'Bale was fortunate to stay on'

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John Hartson

Ex-Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

All I can say is all our thoughts are with Seamus Coleman, he led by example, skippering the Republic of Ireland team.

I have watched Neil Taylor with Swansea and for Wales and not seen him get sent off, go in high. I've not seen a replay, I'm not sure if I really want to see it.

You would have to ask Neil Taylor why he's lunged in the way he did, it's out of character.

I'd love to stick up for a fellow Welshman with the Gareth Bale challenge, but it's late, high and I've seen those get a red card - he was fortunate to stay on the pitch.

'We wish Seamus a speedy recovery'

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Wales forward Gareth Bale: "We knew they would make it difficult for us and we controlled the game in the second half until the red card.

"Given that we played for 20 minutes with 10 men we'll take 0-0. I didn't think mine was a yellow card to be honest, but the referee gave it. What can I do?

"We never wish an injury on anyone, I don't know how bad it is but we all wish him [Seamus Coleman] a speedy recovery."

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There were three shots on target in the whole game, it was not the greatest spectacle in the world.

All of that rather pales into insignificance though when compared to the injury suffered by Ireland captain Seamus Coleman. 

'Both sides lack serious quality'

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Kevin Kilbane

Former Republic of Ireland winger on 5 live

It's not the worst result for the Republic, but with Wales going down to 10 you think 'could they have done more in the latter stages?'.

It puts Ireland one step closer to the World Cup.

Both sides lack serious quality in the final third, I don't think they put enough crosses in or made enough chances.

'We go to Serbia without Bale'

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John Hartson

Ex-Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

Credit to Wales for defending, standing so strong - it was constant pressure from the Republic, really piling on the pressure.

Wales, really needing to get something, just managed to get a draw.

It was a gusty performance at 10-men, but I don't think it was a great performance and we have to go to Serbia without our talisman Gareth Bale.

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Richard: Didn't do enough to win. Bale and Taylor suspended. Horror injury for Coleman. Not a good night for #Wales by any stretch.

Christopher Davison : As a man who broke his own leg badly a few years ago you would think Taylor would know better. Shocking. 

 

FULL-TIME

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A point that does the Republic of Ireland more good than Wales, who will now be without Gareth Bale and Neil Taylor in Serbia.

Ireland are set to be without captain Seamus Coleman for the foreseeable future. Finding out the latest on his injury is the main job for the rest of the night. 

'No malice from Taylor'

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John Hartson

Ex-Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

On behalf of Neil Taylor, I know Neil, he's not that sort of player.

There is no malice, it looks bad and it's out of character for him to challenge like that - our thoughts are with Seamus Coleman.

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More penalty area pinball but Wales scramble it clear, Wayne Hennessey then makes a hash of another punch clear! He gets away with another one...

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Oooops, Wayne Hennessey shells a simple catch and almost gifts the Republic a tap-in but Ashley Williams hacks it away...

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James McClean is named man of the match at the Aviva, to rich applause. He has put a shift in and maybe could have opened the scoring just after Neil Taylor's red card. 

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The trumpeter continues to be as out of tune as most of the attackers on display this evening as we tick toward full time.

Unfortunately Seamus Coleman's serious-looking injury is likely to be the biggest talking point to be taken from tonight's game.

CLOSE!

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Wow that was close! Gareth Bale has not had his best night but he nearly wins it for Wales with a sensational solo run. Picking the ball up on halfway, he runs from deep, backs up a defender and swerves a shot wide from 20 yards.

Gareth Bale
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Gareth Bale is high on James McClean, a boot into the stomach and for a moment he is worried that he might get a second yellow and a red...

He gets away with just a foul. 

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The home crowd are in fine voice now as they push on for the final 10 minutes. James McClean's deep cross is well defended at the far post. Wales hanging on.

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SUBSTITUTION

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Aiden McGeady, having a sort of renaissance at Preston North End, is on for David Meyler as Ireland try and make their man advantage count. 

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It's all Ireland now as a cross just goes over the top of Shane Long's head. Can they find a winner in the last 15 minutes or so? 

CLOSE!

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Can Ireland make their extra man count? They almost do instantly as James McClean latches on to a poor punch from Wayne Hennessey, his first shot with his left foot is blocked but he then screws one wide with his right!

Richard Keogh then has a shot turned away for a corner. The home fans can sense a goal coming. 

SUBSTITUTION

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Cyrus Christie is on at right-back to replace the stricken Seamus Coleman. Wales down to 10 men remember. 

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Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales at the Liberty Stadium

We've seen no replays of that wild tackle from Neil Taylor, possibly because of the severity of Seamus Coleman's injury.

The stretcher is on the field and the Everton player seems to be in a great deal of pain.

Coleman off on a stretcher

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The Republic captain Seamus Coleman is being stretchered off now, to a standing ovation. Let's just hope that his injury is not as bad as it first appeared. 

Seamus Coleman
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Taylor off for foul on Coleman

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Oh this is a nasty one. Neil Taylor is shown a straight red card for a heavy challenge on Seamus Coleman. I can't tell you too much about the tackle as they have shown no replays at all.

This is a serious injury for Coleman. It doesn't do to speculate but that looks really, really bad for the Everton full-back, who is being attended to and is having gas.

YELLOW CARD - Bale SUSPENDED

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Big news. Gareth Bale is now out of the trip to Serbia, and it's a dangerous tackle too. He is trying to meet a cross on the bounce, so you can see why he's gone for it, but he's high on John O'Shea. 

Gareth Bale
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Wales have had 74% possession in the second half, but still haven't really looked like scoring. They have had the only two shots on target mind.