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James Mc Clean hits the winner for Ireland. But now what

James Mc Clean hits the winner for Ireland. But now what

One thing that we'll probably be kicking ourselves about is looking at some of the games in the group that we could have got a result in.

As they played host to Ireland's celebrations, the bars around the Welsh capital surely haven't enjoyed a more lucrative Monday night. He will be booed.

At the ground after the game, I bumped into a former GAA clubmate and a fellow alumni at Beaumont Boys' National School. In front of him is a defence that, in the true tradition of Italian football, remains solid.

The final round of European qualifiers take place tonight, with Portugal and Switzerland going head to head for an automatic spot.

The Swiss have been the rock that two Irish managers have perished on.

Northern Ireland are facing their first ever play-off a major tournament and are hoping to end a 32-year wait since their last World Cup appearance in Mexico in 1986. Pozanan witnessed an emphatic 3-1 win for Croatia in what was a tournament to forget for the Irish.

To him the impact of the Troubles was not something he read about, it was something he knew.

"I look at the Euros and the result against Italy sticks out, and you take confidence from performances like that".

Xherdan Shaqiri, presently with Stoke City, is a key player in the midfield. "There's no way I'm sitting down for this one", a lad in a tricolour mohawk wig assured us.

"He's been a massive part of what we've done and he is the man to take us forward hopefully", he said. Only he truly knows how he did it. The rest of us can only watch and try and understand his thinking. It would be seen as an act of disrespect to those people; to my people'.

Denmark only found Poland too good in Group E and sealed a play-off berth following their draw at home to Romania in Sunday.

Martin O'Neill has had his fair share of critics over the course of the last two qualifying campaigns, after the draw the Georgia it looked like Ireland had blown it and the loss to Scotland in the last campaign seemed like the nail was in the coffin. Kevin Doyle had been recalled from the international wilderness and was handed his first Ireland start in 18 months. Although he criticised Wales' defence, he admitted that it was a solid goal from McClean.

Chris Coleman has met senior players and been urged to stay on as Wales manager despite the failure to qualify for next year's World Cup finals in Russia.

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