Ireland in playoffs despite loss to Norway

Second-placed Wales can still win Group D - and automatic qualification to next summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation - if they beat the Republic of Ireland and leaders Serbia fail to beat Georgia tonight.

"We had a bit of energy and we did great". We'll go and attack, go and score goals.

"We missed Joe", he said.

Wales responded with heavy pressure, but there was to be no final chance and they just couldn't create anything clear-cut enough to get back on terms.

Manager Martin O'Neill will run the rule over some of his older men, with two-goal hero Daryl Murphy and playmaker Wes Hoolahan having put in extended shifts against Moldova.

Shane Duffy is confident that the Republic of Ireland can get the job done in Cardiff tonight and earn a World Cup play-off spot.

James McClean struck a 57th-minute victor in Cardiff on Monday to ensure the Irish finished second in Group D. A win can also mean top spot should Serbia draw with or lose to Georgia.

Allen and Ramsey were setting the tempo for Wales with their neat footwork and incisive passing, only for the Stoke City midfielder to be forced off in the 37th minute after being caught in a sandwich between McClean and David Meyler.

Iceland qualified for the World Cup for the first time in their history after dispatching Kosovo 2-0 on Monday night.

"I can't say right now about my future because I'm not thinking about it", he said.

"You have to look at those over 30 and see how players physically have come out of the game on Friday night, because it's a quick turnaround to Monday".

"There's a chance that I can [stay on], there's a chance that I won't".

Reflecting on four years in charge, Coleman added: "I just reminded the players that four years ago we were playing here against Macedonia in front of eight thousand people, playing for nothing". They're not as physical as Norway, very technical in their play and we'll have to adjust our approach slightly to face up to that challenge.

"I'm so proud", declared Ireland manager Martin O'Neill.

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