Iceland, Serbia qualify for World Cup as Croatia and Ireland reach playoffs

World Cup Qualifying Preview: Wales v Republic

"I don't know about revenge, but certainly I think the view among the players is that if Russian Federation was available to us and we could make it there, I would think Seamus would be very much at the forefronts of our minds, anyway".

After a series of defensive errors from Chris Coleman's side allowed the West Brom attacker the opportunity to score a well-taken goal, the Welsh failed to craft many opportunities against Martin O'Neill's resilient team.

In Belgrade, Serbia qualified after a 1-0 home win over Georgia, courtesy of a 74th-minute strike by substitute Aleksandar Prijovic which enabled the Balkan nation to finish top of Group D with 21 points from 10 games.

Coleman said he remained proud of his players' efforts, despite them failing to follow up reaching the seminals of last year's Euros by getting to a first World Cup since 1958.

Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric was the hero on the night, as he netted a second-half brace.

"I think our approach will be similar to the one that we had against Italy in Lille where we knew before the game that a win was the only thing that mattered for us".

A draw will be enough to see Wales finish the qualifying campaign in second, but will not give them a definite place in the play-offs, as Croatia could well sneak in and occupy the eighth and final play-off spot given to the eight best-performing runners up.

"Once you lose Joe Allen, and we were already without Gareth, then our creativity suffers a little bit".

The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, you can see their TV schedule here. You can look back and say, "We've never done this or never done that".

"We're on unsafe ground if we go in with a game plan of trying to soak the pressure up for 90 minutes", said the Wales manager, who will be without the injured Gareth Bale. They've won it and I hope now they go on and qualify. "Whenever the draw is made we will take our chance".

"All I can control is my own group, the players and my staff - that's what I concentrate on and that's what we'll do in this game", said Coleman. "We have had to fight there for long periods in the game in different matches that we have played". "The confidence will do us the world of good going into Monday".

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