It was a very bad weekend for the Republic of Ireland football team, we have a look at their group standings and remaining fixtures.
After a horrible performance against Georgia on Saturday, Republic of Ireland fans was hoping for a win against Serbia and many places that give betting tips like Kickoff were thinking they might cause a surprise and beat the group leaders just Cork City on Smart bets did this season by running away with the Airtricity league.
But unfortunately they did not any points and ending up with only one point from a possible six and to make matters worse Wales got six points and now take over in second place in the group and look the team the will progress to the play offs.
Ireland will not need to win both their games which include a very difficult trip to Cardiff to play Wales. So from looking like to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year they are not 10/1 to make the finals.
“We have two games left and we can still make it,” said the Republic boss Martin O’Neill
“We were terrific in the first half, we just couldn’t get that elusive goal. We threw caution to the wind at the end and could have got the result.”
“I’m very disappointed, naturally, but very proud of the team which is very important,” added O’Neill, after the first competitive home defeat of his Republic reign.
“We are hugely disappointed but we have been in this situation before. Our aim is to win those last two games and I believe we will,” said the Hull City player David Meyler.
“We’re still in a good position, we’ve got Moldova at home and Wales away.
“We can’t have too many regrets. We poured our heart and soul into the performance and gave it everything.
“They probably had two good chances, but overall I think we deserved something from the game, probably three points, but we couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.”
UEFA Qualification:: group D (Table & Fixtures)
|1||Serbia (Z)||8||5||3||0||17||7||+10||18||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup|
|2||Wales||8||3||5||0||12||5||+7||14||Possible second round[a]|
|3||Republic of Ireland||8||3||4||1||9||6||+3||13|