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

Wales will once again be without the injured Gareth Bale, who watched his team-mates train at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday.

A win would secure a least a play-off place for either side with just one point separating them going into the game, with even a draw enough for Chris Coleman's Wales.

Serbia qualified for the World Cup for the second time since becoming an independent nation in 2006 after beating Georgia 1-0 on Monday, while Ireland won in Wales 1-0 to seal second place and a spot in the playoffs.

Ireland are now a point and place behind Wales in Group D with Serbia topping the table.

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Ireland now sit top of Group 5, but just a point clear of Germany, who have played a game fewer and who trounced Azerbaijan 6-1 in Cottbus at the weekend.

But what results do we need to make it to Russian Federation? Meyler was outstanding. It was just a great night, and how often have our players performed heroically when all the odds were against them?

Wales dominated Ireland throughout, keeping possession, putting Ireland on the back foot but always lacked a killer instinct. We're still going to be depending on results from Tuesday evening but the certainties are now Italy from Group G and Croatia from I.

'The players have proven this is a golden era, ' Coleman said.

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A win guarantees second place in the group and a place in the play-offs.

"The longer we stay in the game the better it is. We'll get in tomorrow morning, prepare for Wales and give it a hell of a go". Whoever wins this match could be heading to the World Cup qualifying play-offs.

A win for Croatia - or Ukraine - in their head-to-head meeting on Monday night would scupper Wales in the event of a draw in Cardiff.

"We're on unsafe ground if we go in with a game plan of trying to soak the pressure up for 90 minutes", said Coleman ahead of the game.

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England, already assured of their passage to Russian Federation 2018 as Group F winners, wrapped up their qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win in Lithuania thanks to Harry Kane's 26th-minute penalty for Linas Klimavicius' foul on Dele Alli. A point may be OK, but we'll go for three points. If Wales draw and Serbia lose to Georgia by two goals or more Wales will qualify as group winners.


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