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Spain set for Russia, Wales eyeing a play-off spot

Spain set for Russia, Wales eyeing a play-off spot

"The longer we stay in the game the better it is".

Standing in their way are a Wales team that are unbeaten in their last nine worldwide games (they also haven't lost at home in four years). I want to score goals for my country but I'll keep believing and it will come.

As Scotland failed to take all three points from their game against Slovenia on Sunday night, it sets up things nicely for Ireland as we face Wales in Cardiff tonight.

Spain have sealed their World Cup ticket while Iceland took a giant step towards qualification and Wales and Ireland set up a showdown in the battle for a Russian Federation 2018 place.

Spanish leader Rajoy mulls suspending Catalonia autonomy
At the same time, according to Rahoy, the Spanish authorities do not need any mediation to settle the situation in Catalonia. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is expected to address the regional parliament on Tuesday .

Turkey and Ukraine are two points behind the other pair and could still force their way into top spot, although Croatia won 1-0 in Finland earlier in the campaign and are 5/1 to repeat the feat on Friday.

Wales now have the worst record of the nine second-placed teams in the European groups, although six points could lift them off the bottom of the standings.

In this scenario, the last play-off place comes down to "the drawing of lots". Serbia have booked a top-two finish - and a victory in their home game with Georgia will guarantee their place in Russian Federation. It is not often that Ireland's fans struggle to make themselves heard above the din, but they did at the start. It's nice for the lads to get minutes and us to get the victory.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage from Cardiff as Martin O' Neil takes his Republic of Ireland side to Wales in a crucial win-or-bust closing game of the 2018 Road to Russian Federation campaign.

NRA open to regulation of bump stocks
This year it has been hijacked by gun industry lobbyists, pushing their business agenda at the expense of basic public safety. The recoil causes the gun to buck back and forth, "bumping" the trigger. "We haven't gotten that far down the road", she said.

It was not and in that dramatic last half an hour how his team missed him. Taylor's straight red for his tackle on Coleman in Wales' 0-0 draw with Ireland in March could, therefore, be said to be the difference.

Giampiero Ventura's misfiring Italy limped into the uncertainty of the qualifying playoffs.

Wales play the Republic of Ireland at home, Croatia play Ukraine away while Slovakia have completed their qualification campaign, finishing as runners-up to England in Group F.

Coleman, however, proved very generous with his time and was more than happy to answer any question thrown at him, speaking at length to the Irish media, which prompted the obvious line about his own Dublin connections and whether they would cross his mind going into tonight's game.

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Following his speech, Erdogan answered questions of journalists, "not yet in TSK Idlib, Öso re", he said. "Today there's a serious operation in Idlib and it will continue", Erdogan said in a televised speech.


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