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Russian Federation 2018 World Cup qualifier

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Republic of Ireland travel to Wales tonight for a crucial World Cup qualifier.

Although top spot in Group in D was not out of reach for either side before kick-off, Serbia's 1-0 victory over Georgia gained them automatic qualification to Russian Federation 2018 and forced Martin O'Neill's side into the play-offs.

A draw would be enough for Wales to stay in second place, but this wouldn't guarantee a play-off spot for Russian Federation 2018.

But what results do we need to make it to Russian Federation?

Best remembered for the one-off usage of an all-grey kit, it was the last competitive game played before the glory days of the Giovanni Trapattoni era.

Ireland punished Wales' shortcomings in the final third when Hennessey's distribution put Ashley Williams under pressure and he was dispossessed by Hendrick.

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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".

Winning is the only option for Martin O'Neill's men, and thanks to Scotland's slip-up on Sunday they now know any kind of victory would secure a play-off place.

'The players have proven this is a golden era, ' Coleman said. We'll go and attack, go and score goals.

The 1958 tournament in Sweden was the only previous time that Wales have reached the World Cup finals, making it all the way to the quarter-finals before losing 1-0 to Brazil.

'But if we keep doing what we've been doing, it will give us a chance of having a good night [tonight].' Coleman has dismissed talk of a grudge match after what happened when the sides met in March. They would top the group if Serbia lost to Georgia.

The game against Moldova was always going to be about the result only, with anything other than three points sure to end Ireland's hopes.

The draw does not favor the Irish side at all and it will go all out to try and get the win at Cardiff City Stadium.

It follows on from 2,000 travelling fans belting out the tune prior to the 1-0 over win over Georgia on Friday despite attempts from the hosts to quash the away support and their singing.

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