James McClean sends Ireland into the World Cup play-offs
Wales 0 Republic of Ireland 1
A goal from James McClean ended Wales’ hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup but sent the travelling Irish fans into ecstasy.
They are now in the play-offs for a place in the 2018 tournament but for Wales it is another case of ‘so near and yet so far’.
The 1958 World Cup was the first and last time that Wales qualified for football’s showpiece tournament but they ran out at the Cardiff City Stadium believing the wait was nearly at an end.
All they had to do was beat Ireland, or even draw and hope Serbia didn’t take maximum points from their clash with... read more
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