O'Neill, Keane happy to pen new FAI deals

O'Neill, Keane happy to pen new FAI deals

O'Neill, Keane happy to pen new FAI deals

They do so with Martin O'Neill having reaped the rewards of his decision to go for broke as he started with strikers Murphy and Shane Long, playmaker Wes Hoolahan and Bristol City winger Callum O'Dowda, who performed admirably in his first competitive start.

Scotland found a massive 89th-minute goal to secure a 1-0 win over 10-man Slovakia and put themselves in pole position for the playoffs.

Tonight there's a home game against Moldova tomorrow night (7.45pm), then it's Wales, in Cardiff, on Monday as The Boys in Green battle to secure second spot in Group D and a place at next year's tournament in Russian Federation.

A 1-1 draw away to Georgia and a 1-0 loss at home to Serbia mean they are now one point behind Wales who sit in second place.

The absence of Jonathan Walters has been known for some time and if you're going to pick up a suspension - as Robbie Brady and James McClean have done - it's better to miss tonight's tie than Monday's monster clash in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. Ireland knew, no matter what, they needed two wins from two.

I personally need England to win to give any hope to my country Scotland and Southgate's side will typically do it the hard way. But for that to happen they would have to beat the world champions in Belfast before winning their remaining match against Norway and hoping Germany lose at home to Azerbaijan.

They could even leapfrog Germany at the top of the group.

Ahead of their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales, the 65-year-old told a news conference he has accepted a deal from the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) on a new extension through to Euro 2020.

Prior to the game, all eyes were on Wales playing in Georgia.

I think most football people would think it's a little premature when we haven't finished the group yet, we have two important games to go. If they beat Georgia, a draw would be good enough.

Martin O'Neill's men face Moldova at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Friday night, before taking on Wales in Cardiff next Monday.

The Republic of Ireland have one easy fixture and one hard fixture remaining.

The Republic also have the ranking of runners-up table to worry about although a big win over Moldova would ease their fears of finishing second but still missing out. But after losing a match, there can not be any confidence; when they win a match, there is'.

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