Irish player Seamus Coleman breaks leg in half following risky tackle

Jeannette Daniel
March 27, 2017

The loss of Coleman did seem to spur Ireland on.

Amid the scenes of distraught Irish players, uncomfortable Welsh players, hard-working medics and sombre faces in the Aviva Stadium crowd, one man acted quickly and selflessly.


Wales were forced to settle for a point against Republic of Ireland in a crucial World Cup qualifier on Friday evening.

Bale was fortunate to escape with just a yellow card from the incident, with the O'Shea seething after watching TV replays of the incident after the 0-0 draw. I've got to know Ashley quite well at club level, he's a great lad but he's a victor as well.

Chris Coleman's Wales travel to Belgrade for their next qualifier in June and must do so without talisman Gareth Bale after he picked up a booking that triggered a one-game ban. The team spirit is stronger than ever as this group of players compete with all their heart and soul for the manager, each other and that green jersey. He did subsequently wish Seamus Coleman, his namesake, a swift recovery.

Ireland played more than 20 minutes with a man advantage but failed to capitalize on its chances against Wales.

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Unfortunately, hundreds of people inadvertently directed their fury towards the former Timperley councillor, who before last night was best known for his fund-raising efforts to get a statue of comedian and musician Frank Sidebottom built in the village.

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Ireland's next World Cup qualifier is at home to Austria on June 11, with only the group winners guaranteed a place at Russian Federation 2018.

Corny as it might sound, Long's act offered most of us a degree of comfort.

"It's still in our hands because we can take three points off everyone. Ireland did what they needed to do". Austria, meanwhile, secured a hard-earned victory over Moldova (2-0) and remain in the hunt for a spot at Russian Federation 2018. I would have taken that (at the start of the group).

Only four points separate the four competing nations and it looks like this group will go right to the wire, but Ireland can remain confident as they continue their quest to qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation in 2018.

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