As many as 10,000 Irish fans have landed in Cardiff for tonight’s make or break clash for the Republic of Ireland football team.
Slovenia coming from behind to secure a draw with Scoltland meant their elimination and sets up a guranteed play-off place for either Wales or Martin O’Neill’s side should they win tonight.
The fans only have 3,500 match tickets between them with the game being played at the smaller Cardiff City stadium as opposed to the Millenium Stadium but that has not deterred a strong travelling army.
The Football Association of Wales has said it will bar entry to the stadium’s home sections to anyone they believe will be supporting Ireland so some work may need to be done on disguising accents.flags and allegiance for anyone who has picked up tickets on the secondary markets.
The game wil be broadcast live on RTÉ Television tonight and there is a palpable sense of the possible now that results elsewhere have put the team’s destiny back in their own hands.
An almost full Aviva Stadium on Friday night and renewed hope have put the team front and centre stage in Irish sporting eyes and victory tonight would set up a potential two leg plaoff with the other runners up across Europe that include Portugal and our near neighbours Northern Ireland.
It promises to be a night of tension, drama, high hopes and more, exactly what a great sporting occasion should be about….
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