Moldova 1-3 Republic of Ireland: James McClean scores twice as Martin O'Neill's side move joint top of 2018 World Cup qualifying Group D with Serbia
They won't quite be scoping hotels for Russia but this felt like a significant night in Ireland's quest to reach a first World Cup in 16 years.
Two-goal James McClean came to their rescue to ensure that an earlier favour from Georgia in Cardiff did not go to waste.
Martin O'Neill was clearly cheered by news of Wales being held to a draw when interviewed before the game.
And his side needed just 116 seconds to shoot to the top of Group D when Shane Long brought expiry to an 18-game goal drought for club and country.
Given that Moldova had not scored here in Chisinau for exactly a year, the... read more
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