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Summary

  1. Rep of Ireland in eighth place in play-off standings
  2. Wales finish third in Group D, which is topped by Serbia
  3. Iceland beat Kosovo 2-0 and head to finals as Group I winners
  4. Croatia beat Ukraine to take spot in play-offs

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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Good night

And that's it for another night of World Cup qualifier action.

Join us tomorrow for the final night as Portugal, France, Sweden, Greece and others look to join the party.

Oh, and the small matter of Argentina...

'I can't think about my future right now'

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Chris COleman
Reuters

More from Chris Coleman to Sky Sports, speaking about his future: "All I can think about right now is the faces of the players in the dressing room and their disappointment. They are inconsolable but they should be very proud.

"I will take some time to let the dust settle, we will sit down and have a chat and take it from there.

"This was our first defeat at home for four years. Four years ago we were playing against Macedonia in front of 8,000 players. It is different now.

"Good luck to Martin O'Neill, he has done a tremendous job and I hope he gets them to the World Cup."

'It hurts, but we will learn from defeat'

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Wales boss Chris Coleman, speaking to Sky Sports: "I thought on the balance of play we pretty much dominated the first half. We knew Ireland would have a gameplan and they executed it very well. Fair play to them.

"When we lost Joe Allen our creativity suffered. It was difficult to break down 10 men behind the ball. Fair play to the them. Martin O'Neill has done a great job and good luck to them.

"My players have given everything but it wasn't enough in the end to get over the line.

"We knew going into the last four games we would probably have to win the four of them, we got three but just at the final hurdle it was not enough.

"What we have done is another campaign where we have taken it right to the wire. Some you win and some you lose. It will hurt for a bit but you learn from defeat and we will learn from tonight."

Iceland qualify

England v Iceland again?

1 - Iceland 🇮🇸 will play the World Cup for the first time ever. Vikings.

1 - Iceland 🇮🇸 will play the World Cup for the first time ever. Vikings.

Slovakia or Greece

The play-off picture

Some clarity on the teams still waiting for a place in the play-offs.

Slovakia finished second in England's group but must wait to confirm a play-off place. They will be in if Greece do not beat Gibraltar on Tuesday night, and Bosnia and Herzegovina defeat Estonia to finish second in Group H.

Could be a lively night...

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

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Coleman on his way?

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Wales manager Chris Coleman will not answer the questions about his immediate future.

Is that the end of his Wales reign though?

'Ireland had to score first'

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Andy Townsend

Ex-Republic of Ireland international on BBC Radio 5 live

I know Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane and the backroom staff and it is no surprise we find ourselves here talking about an Irish victory. I always thought they were capable of getting the result they needed, but they had to score first. Once they go in front they are tough to play against.

Roy Keane
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Big-game player

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

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All four of James McClean’s goals in these qualifiers came in the second half of away matches.

McClean scored the winning goal in three different matches for Ireland in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers – without his goals, they would have been six points worse off.

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Andy Townsend

Ex-Republic of Ireland international on BBC Radio 5 live

When you see all the joy and emotion here - let's remember that Ireland are not there yet.

There is still an awful long way to go.

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

John Hartson

Former Wales striker in Cardiff for BBC Radio 5 live

I'm trying to hold my emotions together.

Ultimately we were not quite good enough on the night.

'They were magnificent'

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Martin O'Neill
Reuters

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, speaking to Sky Sports: "So proud. The players were magnificent playing away from home at a very good Welsh side. To win on their territory was a great result for us.

"That last half hour seemed an eternity. We had to withstand pressure but we knew at some stage we would have to try to win the game and we did it. The goal was worthy of winning any game.

"We are in the play-offs. Whenever the draw is made we will take our chance.

"The impression of our campaign? Absolutely delighted. When the draw was made I thought we had a very difficult group. We have come through, fantastic."

'He will walk away now'

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

John Hartson

Former Wales striker in Cardiff for BBC Radio 5 live

Chris COleman
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I actually think only Chris Coleman can answer the question over his own future.

Personally I think he will walk away now - I do not think he will be short of offers.

I think he will be lined-up for a big job if that is what he wants.

'We will enjoy tonight'

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

James McClean
Reuters

Matchwinner James McClean, speaking to Sky Sports: "The fans were unbelievable. A lot of people ruled us out and didn't give us a chance tonight but we went there and showed character.

"I remember it coming across, a great dummy by Harry Arter, I was just thinking keep it down and when it hit the back of the net there is no better feeling in football.

"We will enjoy tonight."

'A dangerous under-dog'

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Andy Townsend

Ex-Republic of Ireland international on BBC Radio 5 live

We are not going to be one of the seeded teams - so we will be playng at home first.

We have not been that great at home and we are not always the best when we have to be on the front foot asking questions, tonight worked like a treat for us for those reasons and it might work for us in the play-offs.

Ireland are a dangerous under-dog in any game because they don't give a lot away.

Unseeded?

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

This man says that Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will not be seeded.

And his twitter bio says, and I quote, "Knows far too much about permutations, coefficients and regulations for it to be healthy."

World cup playoff seedings: Portugal/Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Denmark Unseeded: Sweden (TBC), N Ireland, Rep Ireland, Greece/Bosnia

'Of course we missed Gareth'

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

John Hartson

Former Wales striker in Cardiff for BBC Radio 5 live

Gareth Bale is massively influential for Wales, pivotal, and to miss him for the last two games...but I do not want to make excuses and the Irish were magnificent.

Of course we missed Gareth.

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Wales have won just one of their last 11 matches against Republic of Ireland (W1 D4 L6) and none of the last eight.

This victory means that Republic of Ireland ended the 2018 World Cup qualifiers unbeaten away from home (W3 D2 L0).

Wales fan looks dejected
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'A let-off for Ireland'

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Andy Townsend

Ex-Republic of Ireland international on BBC Radio 5 live

When Wales lost Joe Allen, upon reflection perhaps Chris Coleman might have introduced somebody else rather than taking Aaron Ramsey away from the forward area of the field.

I felt that was a bit of a let-off for Ireland.

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Who could the Republic get in the play-offs? It's too early to say. But with a world ranking of 34 they are not going to be one of the four seeded sides.

'What Ireland are good at'

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Andy Townsend

Ex-Republic of Ireland international on BBC Radio 5 live

The nature of this Ireland team is that if we go behind and have to make the running we are going to come up short.

But when they go ahead, then players that have to fight, dig-in, drag something out of their team-mates - that is what they are really good at.

When we go in front we have a system and a group of players that are difficult to deal with.

We now know 17...

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'Extremely down'

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

John Hartson

Former Wales striker in Cardiff for BBC Radio 5 live

The Welsh players will be extremely, extremely down - Wales had to win their last four games, they won three and just came up a little short tonight.

Wales were not quite inventive and creative enough around the Irish penalty area tonight.

The Irish were outstanding defensively.

Aaron Ramsey looks dejected
Reuters

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Tremendous scenes in the away end in Cardiff. The play-offs must have looked a long way off a few games ago.

Republic of Ireland fans celebrate
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'Hardly any chances'

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Andy Townsend

Ex-Republic of Ireland international on BBC Radio 5 live

We said it was going to be tense and dramatic and it was all of that.

We can question the quality on show but just imagine what it is like being a player on a night like this.

There were hardly any chances - but one good opportunity for Ireland and McClean, to his credit, produced a goal worthy of winning any game.

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

James McClean is in the stands, hugging Irish supporters as Roy Keane hugs David Meyler out in the middle.

Look what this means! A great defensive performance. Wales were really poor offensively. They couldn't create anything at all.

James McClean celebrates in the crowd
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BreakingIceland and Serbia have qualified

What an effort from Iceland. The smallest ever nation in terms of population to reach the World Cup finals!

BreakingFULL-TIME

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

It's the Republic of Ireland into the play-offs!

YELLOW CARD

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

David Meyler goes in for a 50-50 with Wales keeper Wayne Hennessey, miles out of his area, and he's booked! He will miss the first leg of the play-offs!

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Wales free-kick - SHOCKER! Out of play...

Wales fans look dejected
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Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

70 seconds left. This has been a masterclass by Martin O'Neill. His team selection looked negative but they have defended well and took the one chance they've had all night...

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Will there be one more chance? Wales need to WIN remember...

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Wales free-kick, cleared, Ben Davies shot, blocked...

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland are so close to the play-offs they can almost taste them. James McClean, hero of the hour, is booked.

SUBSTITUTION

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Kevin Long replaces Daryl Murphy. Another centre-back in the mix for Ireland.

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

FIVE MINUTES WILL BE ADDED ON!

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

John Hartson

Former Wales striker in Cardiff for BBC Radio 5 live

Duffy and Clark have been monstrous in the middle of defence for the Republic.

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Wales cross, Ireland clear.

Repeat, repeat, repeat...

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Darren Randolph comes to claim a cross and he's fouled! He won't rush to take this...

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