Republic of Ireland 0-1 Wales: Nations League

Tanya Simon
October 17, 2018

Callum O'Dowda has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's Nations League match against Wales after suffering dizzy spells against Denmark on Saturday.

Derby's on-loan Liverpool winger walloped a brilliant free-kick over the wall and into the net on 58 minutes as Wales completed the double over Ireland, who were demolished 4-1 in Cardiff last month.

We created no real chances, and the only time we looked like scoring was when Denmark literally stopped playing for a few seconds.

It was only a few weeks ago that the 21-year-old had wrong-footed Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero with a similar free-kick, as instead of curling the ball over the wall he chose to bend the ball around the wall and into the top corner, and while tonight's free-kick may not be as impressive as that moment of magic he produced for Derby at Old Trafford, it still shows that his dead-ball skills are oozing quality.

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A statement issued via the Newcastle's website said: "The club has been informed by the Football Association of Ireland that Ciaran Clark will not be fit for his country's UEFA Nations League game against Wales on Tuesday evening".

So proud. They dug in, right to the end, and it was a really brilliant second-half performance.

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. It was a real captain's performance. O'brien of course scored on his debut in the friendly draw with Poland last month and now gets his first competitive start in what is an experimental Ireland team that will have to show more attacking intent than they did on Saturday. James Chester's loose pass to Matthew Smith was pounced on by Cyrus Christie but he lacked composure, shot first time and allowed Wayne Hennessey to make the save. He defended, did the hard stuff which gave us the platform to go on'.

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