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Daryl Murphy Nets Brace As Republic Of Ireland Ease Past Moldova

James McCarthy is only fitness concern for Ireland ahead of Moldova clash tomorrow

With the World Cup's European qualifiers nearing their conclusion, what chance do the home nations and the Republic of Ireland have of reaching Russian Federation 2018?

Martin O'Neill has urged his Republic of Ireland players to win Monday's World Cup Qualifier against Wales - live on Sky Sports - for injured Seamus Coleman.

The Boys in Green are still without influential skipper Seamus Coleman since the Celtic rivals last faced off in March, as he continues to recover from a double leg fracture.

Ireland set up a must-win playoff decider against Wales with a 2-0 win over Moldova on Friday after a brace from striker Daryl Murphy kept them in contention for a place at next year's World Cup in Russian Federation. "We are too good to do that".

"We were totally focused on Moldova", said Meyler, "and we worked hard to get the result and now we can start thinking about Wales and we will be ready for it". The best eight second-place finishers from the nine groups in the European zone advance to the playoffs. We have won well and the most important thing is that we go to Monday night with everything to play for. The Reading player, speaking to the media ahead of the game, admitted that the players are simply concentrating on getting a win in Monday's match.

Slovenia's 2-2 draw with Scotland in last night's Group F clash did the protagonists in Cardiff a massive favour and, as a result, whoever wins between Ireland and Wales will be guaranteed a play-off berth next month.

"From the outset I said this would be the toughest group because Georgia were the strongest pot-six side going and teams would take points off each other", O'Neill told his pre-match press conference.

"If you look back at it, you'll see the chances I missed and people think it's a bad game".

"We've got 90 minutes in which to try and get a goal", said O'Neill.

After Tom Lawrence's victor on Friday, Wales ended the sequence of having not won a match without Bale since 2013, but Coleman played down the importance of that statistic.

Wales' last appearance was in 1958, when it reached the quarterfinals.

"But we had to take that into consideration when the group format was first put in front of us and it's there for tomorrow night, so it's all to play for".

While Wales are without Bale, O'Neill believes the absence of Coleman is "as big a loss to us".

Due to the magnitude of the occasion, Wales' players have requested for a special version of their riveting Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau national anthem to be utilised pre-match.

Wes Hoolahan and global rookie Callum O'Dowda were Ireland's creative hub in Friday night's 2-0 home win over Moldova - but with James McClean and Robbie Brady free from suspension, they are the ones favoured to make way.