Ireland 0-1 Wales — UEFA Nations League

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale was presented with an award for being Wales top goal scorer during Thursday's 4-1 loss to Spain

With the Nations League Group 4 League B at the half-way stage and seedings important for the Euro 2020 qualifiers (as the Irish Independent's Daniel McDonnell explains in the video below), three points will go a long way towards keeping Ireland from relegation and in with a chance of being favourably seeded on the road to the European Championships which will feature games in Dublin.

Even without the injured Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey - whose wife gave birth to twins ruling him out - Wales had too much for their local rivals as they kept alive their prospects of promotion from Group B4 with a home match against Denmark to come on November 16.

"I'm so proud - they dug in right to the end".

Ireland boss Martin O'Neill said: "I felt we should have scored early on, and we are not renowned for scoring a lot of goals so we need to take our chances". It was a really brilliant second-half performance.

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Christie had plenty of time to pick his spot but his low effort was palmed away by Wayne Hennessey in the Wales goal. I said on Thursday that we didn't do the basics against Spain but we did today.

"They have a great spirit, we lack a little bit of technical ability". Harry Wilson, I fined him for the goal at Old Trafford a few weeks ago, I won't be tonight! We'll also stream our commentary on our YouTube channel which you can alos listen to at the top of this article.

"None more so than James McClean, who broke his wrist in training the day before we played Wales and was actually looking at an injection to see if he could play in the game".

"It was a grandstand finish and I thought we could have got something, but I thought there were a lot of positives despite the result". Ashley Williams was outstanding for 90 minutes. "It's a tough group and now it's in our hands".

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