Murphy The Hero As Ireland Dispatch Moldova

Shane Duffy

Shane Duffy

David McGoldrick has six caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Scotland found a massive 89th-minute goal to secure a 1-0 win over 10-man Slovakia and put themselves in pole position for the playoffs. Knowing that the star of the side that stands between the boys in green and second place in the group won't be playing is as good as it gets.

Northern Ireland are guaranteed at least a playoff spot as they sit nine points ahead of third place Azerbaijan with just two qualification matches remaining. It remains to be seen if he will recover in time for Cardiff on Monday.

In Group E, results didn't go Ireland's way with Denmark beating Montenegro - a draw or a Montenegro win would have suited better, though both face tough final ties, against Romania and Poland respectively, and could still drop points.

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Northern Ireland lost their home game to World Champions Germany, though their late goal in the 3-1 defeat may be key.

Four points from those final two games will guarantee one of the top two spots in Group D. However, as the second-placed nation now with the least points, they probably need to win both matches in order to secure a play-off spot.

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The FAI have a track record awarding managers with new contracts pre major tournaments, Mick McCarthy was handed a new two year contract prior to the 2002 World Cup, and famously Giovanni Trapattoni was handed a new deal prior to Ireland's disastrous showing at Euro 2012.

Prior to the game, all eyes were on Wales playing in Georgia. Gareth Southgate's side can also guarantee a top-two finish with a draw, or even if they lose should Scotland and Slovakia draw. However, their points tally would still mean they require a favour or two from the other groups - a Cyprus win over Greece would be most welcome, for example.

In the build-up to tonight's fixtures the cards have fallen rather kindly for the Republic.

In truth, everything is all set up for a winner-take-all clash at the Cardiff City Stadium on Monday night against the Irish.

They have something of a point to prove after a sluggish three or four matches.

The Republic also have the ranking of runners-up table to worry about although a big win over Moldova would ease their fears of finishing second but still missing out.

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