Republic of Ireland played a goalless draw with Wales on Friday March 24 and the results further points to the fact that the Euro 2016 finalists might not play in Russia next year.
The hosts did a decent job of forcing the Welsh side to a draw – that they seemed content with. The defence was solid and the deep-lying play wearied the visitors.
Real Madrid talisman Gareth Bale could not inspire the set-up to victory though he came close twice. They could have sustained the attack but a poor attack on Ireland skipper Seamus Coleman forced the referee to send off Neil Taylor in the 69th minute.
The tackle caused Coleman his leg and he had to be carried off on a stretcher to the hospital for tests and treatment. The republic would be content with the result but they have lost the top spot to Serbia. They are four points ahead of Wales – following the Serb’s win over Georgia earlier that day, as expected anyways.
Chris Coleman would not be the happiest person at the moment as many predicted that their spark last year was a one-time thing. The four straight draw further cripples their chances at qualifying for the World Cup.
The Welsh side would have to quickly find their feet before they lose any chances that are left. They were not creative enough to break through the defences of Georgia and Serbia despite having the home advantage. Wales had 58 percent of the possession during the clash. Both sides struggled to get attempts on goal. Serbia’s 3-1 away victory would definitely force them to push up the pace in subsequent games but it might be too late.