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Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales failes to qualify for the World Cup just two years later, as Republic of Ireland clinched a play-off spot at their expense.

The game against the Republic of Ireland will be played at Cardiff City Stadium and will see an influx of Irish fans arriving at Wales' National Airport.

Wales boss Chris Coleman made only one change to the side which won 1-0 in Georgia on Friday evening with Hal Robson-Kanu replacing Sam Vokes up front for the crunch Group D clash.

As there are nine qualifying groups but only eight teams can progress through to the play-offs, the second-placed team with the worst record misses out.

They will join the seven other best second-place finishers in the draw for the two-legged playoffs.

Should Wales win and Serbia fail to beat Georgia, Coleman's men would qualify automatically for Russian Federation 2018.

North End have three players involved in tonight's World Cup qualifer between Wales and Republic of Ireland.

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Coleman said: "We don't really talk about anything but what we need to be doing right now".

Despite a nerve-wracking ending at the home of Cardiff City Football Club with five additional minutes played, Ireland held on to seal a result which will keep the Irish contingent in the Welsh capital celebrating long into the night.

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Allen was replaced by Jonny Williams in the 37th minute after taking a blow to the head from Meyler as he leapt to challenge for a high ball and Wales struggled to create anything further before the break, Ireland looking comfortable as they sat back. "We are too good to do that".

'The players have proven this is a golden era, ' Coleman said. However, a 3-0 win (highly unlikely, admittedly) would leave us in an identical position to Greece in the second place table with the same number of goals scored and conceded. A point may be OK, but we'll go for three points.

Chris Coleman (Wales): "We're on risky ground if we go in with a game plan of trying to soak the pressure up for 90 minutes". That's the trouble with trying to predict this tightest of World Cup qualifying groups. He has 26 goals in 68 worldwide appearances, including key strikes against Georgia and Serbia in the current campaign which should have put Wales on the road to Russian Federation. "The most important thing was the win (against Moldova), now on to the big one".



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