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New footage shows wild celebrations after McClean goal — WATCH

New footage shows wild celebrations after McClean goal — WATCH

It will be separate to qualifiers and each 'division' will present the chance of a place at Euro 2020.

Good luck in the playoff!

"It didn't seem that they troubled us that much", O'Neill said. Kevin Doyle had been recalled from the international wilderness and was handed his first Ireland start in 18 months. Beyond the boos, the noise, even the result, goals such as McClean's in Cardiff matter.

But the result in Wales removes the need for further debate.

"I'm over the moon for everyone involved with the club", he said.

Ireland fans celebrate James McClean's goal in well known Irish pub, Banshee Bar, in Boston, Massachusetts. USA. There was none of the indecision and greyness about the team personality which we saw in other games.

Former Norway manager Age Hareide is their coach and has won league titles in all of the Scandinavian countries.

In assessing the quartet, Irish fans would probably favour a meeting with Denmark or Switzerland.

Funnily enough, the UFC have just announced that Budweiser is no longer their official beer sponsor as the MMA promotion is now tied to Modelo. I think we now have a library of moments to lean on and a tradition built up over the last three decades which other teams do not have. This group is seasoned as far as winner-takes-all encounters are concerned. "Blackrock have been down for a while but that's sport". There was a clear difference between the way Ireland coped with the pressure of the night and Wales. The 1-0 win in Wales represented an enormous step in the right direction, but Martin O'Neill's side aren't preparing for Russia just yet. It was like the air going out of a balloon and it was clearly visible throughout the stadium. It helps that like most Irishmen, he's also got the gift of the gab. Because even in a climate of social media vitriol, McClean is on a different level.

Will Ireland be seeded or unseeded? This is Irish football's new frontier: a teenage goalkeeper is the latest to have played for Northern Ireland and been encouraged to join the Republic.

They've had problems off the pitch however and in a managerial change after their penultimate qualifier against Finland, Zlatko Dalic replaced Ante Cacic.

But 17 teams are resting easy and looking forward to the festival of football that will begin in Russia on June 14 next year.