Playoff-bound Ireland 5-4 to reach World Cup

Ireland secured a spot in the World Cup playoffs after James McClean's second-half goal earned them a crucial 1-0 win in Wales.

Paddy Power rate Martin O'Neill's men 5-4 to qualify for the finals as Wales suffered a group-stage elimination. Serbia topped Group D and qualified automatically for Russia next summer.

Croatia join Ireland in the playoffs following a 2-0 success in Ukraine, while Iceland secured a direct path to next summer's finals.

Match in Focus

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Liverpool v Roma

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Roma have never scored against Liverpool in the Champions League
Expert verdict
Liverpool could start tentatively against Barcelona’s conquerors Roma, who have kept four clean sheets in their previous five matches in all competitions. The Reds are the Champions League’s top scorers with 33 goals, but it may take Jurgen Klopp’s side a while to work out the defensively robust Italians.



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