Monday 26 February 2018

Ireland's crucial World Cup qualifier with Wales will not be at the Principality Stadium

Martin O'Neill and Chris Coleman
Martin O'Neill and Chris Coleman
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The Republic of Ireland's final 2018 World Cup qualifier against Wales on Monday, October 9 will take place at Cardiff City Stadium and not the Principality Stadium.

Despite the fact that the Principality Stadium, which hosted this year's Champions League final, has a capacity of 74,500, Chris Coleman and his squad have opted to play the game at the home of Cardiff City. It means that 40,000 fewer fans will be able to attend the game.

The Welsh side trail Group D leaders Ireland and Serbia by four points with four qualification games left and the clash with Martin O'Neill's men will be pivotal to both sides hopes of making it to Russia next year.

Ireland travel to Georgia on September 2 before home games against Serbia (September 5) and Moldova (October 6) before the trip across the Irish Sea to Wales.

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This is how things stand in Group D

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