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WORLD CUP QUALIFYING; European Results – October 9 2017: Wales Fail To Qualify After Defeat To Ireland, Iceland Secure World Cup Place

Wales saw their World Cup 2018 hopes end after defeat in a must-win game against the Republic of Ireland.

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland

A crucial must-win qualifier for both Wales and Republic of Ireland turned into a tense, nervy affair.

Wales saw themselves have more possession – having 64% to Ireland’s 34% – and a greater number of attempts at goal, with 10 to Ireland’s 4, but it proved to not be enough to keep their dreams of reaching Russia 2018 alive.

West Brom’s James McClean scored the only goal of the game on 57 minutes to break Welsh hearts, and Ireland stood fast defensively to see out the victory.

Those three points meant that Serbia qualified automatically after finishing top of the group, courtesy of their 1-0 victory over Georgia, and Ireland leapfrogged the Welsh into second place and claimed the playoff place.

Rest of Europe

Albania 0-1 Italy

Inter Milan’s Antonio Candreva put the visitors ahead on 73 minutes, in a game in which Italy had the vast majority of chances.

Italy had a total of 13 attempts at goal in the game, compared to the six of Albania.

FYR Macedonia 4-0 Liechtenstein

Everything came in two minute spells for Macedonia in their convincing win against minnows Liechtenstein.

Charleroi’s Gjoko Zajkov opened the scoring for Macedonia on 36 minutes, before Aleksandar Trajkovski doubled their advantage two minutes later on 38 minutes.

Similar occurred in the second half too, with Macedonia’s Enis Bardhi, who plays his club football for Levante in Spain, added his country’s third on 67 minutes.

Dinamo Zagreb’s Arijan Ademi scored a fourth two minutes after on 69 minutes.

Finland 2-2 Turkey

Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun opened the scoring on 57 minutes for Turkey.

The home side then equalised through Paulus Arajuuri, who plays his club football at Brøndby in Denmark, on 76 minutes.

Cenk Tosun added his and Turkey’s second on 83 minutes, before Bayer Leverkusen’s Joel Pohjanpalo equalised for the hosts for a second time in the game.

Iceland 2-0 Kosovo

Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson scored after 40 minutes to give Iceland the lead against Kosovo, and put them on track to reach the World Cup in Russia.

Burnley’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson added a second for Iceland on 68 minutes.

Israel 0-1 Spain

Real Sociedad’s Asier Illarramendi scored the only goal of the contest on 76 minutes in a back-and-forth contest, with each time registering nine efforts at goal each.

Moldova 0-1 Austria

Rapid Wien’s Louis Schaub scored what proved to be his side’s winning goal on 70 minutes in a routine victory for Austria.

Serbia 1-0 Georgia

Serbian striker Aleksandar Prijovic, who plays his club football for PAOK in Greece, scored the only goal of the contest on 74 minutes.

Ukraine 0-2 Croatia

Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric scored two goals in eight minutes to give his side the victory against Ukraine.

Kramaric scored his and Croatia’s first goal on 62 minutes, before doubling the advantage on 70 minutes.

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