Be inspired by history, Martin O'Neill tells Republic of Ireland squad

Kick-off is at 20:45 but we'll be bring you updates and bullid-up throughout the course of the day.

Wales have come so far under Chris Coleman, most notably that ride to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, but they met their match here and, agonisingly, could not conjure up another late, dramatic twist in a frantic, nerve-shredding finale.

If the domestic familiarity of the two line-ups mixed with the importance of the tie whilst combining the tension still residing from that tackle on Seamus Coleman by Neil Taylor did not ensure the contest was already at boiling point, then the passionate Welsh national anthem sung without music did little to cool the temperature.

"We know they're top seeds and it's going to be a tough game but we're not afraid of anyone". And this is a completely different football.

Full Ireland squad (minus Shane Long) for tonight's Cardiff clash.

Wales in the current qualification has not lost a single match.

Slovakia will be guaranteed a play-off place if one of Wales or Croatia draw on Monday night.

Italy has 20 points in Group G and is set to finish as one of the best eight runners-up who progress to the playoff round from the nine European groups. If Croatia draw and score more goal Wales will miss out on a play-off place to Croatia on fair play points as it stands.

Spain sealed its place in the 2018 World Cup as Group G victor after storming to a 3-0 win over Albania on Friday with a ruthless first half display, while nearest challenger Italy was held to a 1-1 draw by Macedonia.

We could go top in the event of an unlikely Serbian defeat.

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"The good thing about it is we've been here before, so we've got that experience". We have to do that - it's our strength.

"We played really well in patches and created plenty of chances throughout the game, so we can use that and go forward into the Israel game tomorrow full of confidence".

For Wales, a draw at Cardiff City Stadium would be enough to finish above Ireland in the table, but Coleman says his players will be thinking of only victory.

Earlier, Wales secured a 1-0 victory in Georgia to remain right in the mix for a finals spot.

It was a typical Irish display, using all the traits that have been apparent throughout their most illuminating nights, many of them directly linked to the World Cup, and the permutations always meant there would be one team who had to drop out. However, the home side have not been beaten on their own soil since September 2013.

Monday evening would be about the ideal time for Shane Long to end his goal drought. The venue of the match is at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff.

"They had a couple of long-distance shots, but I felt we were comfortable and we dealt with everything". When we get off to a decent start, the mindset changes a little bit in terms of points.

Wales: Hennessy; Gunter, Chester, Williams, Davies; King, Allen, Ledley, Ramsey; Lawrence, Vokes.

Winger McClean beat Wales in this must-win game with a brilliantly worked team goal that keeps Ireland's hopes of being in Russian Federation next summer alive. The retuning Robbie Brady is chalked up at 10/1 to open the scoring with Wales' Sam Vokes the overall bookies' tip at 4/1.

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