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Here's why Ireland's game against Wales tonight is so important

Here's why Ireland's game against Wales tonight is so important”

With Bale injured and therefore unavailable for Tuesday's Uefa Nations League clash with the Republic of Ireland, Wilson took the opportunity to prove that Wales are far from a one-man team as he curled home a gorgeous free-kick on the hour-mark.

The Liverpool winger - on loan at Derby County in the Championship - scored an equally as impressive free-kick against Giggs' former club United in the EFL Cup in September, and the Wales manager was delighted to see Wilson continue his form on the worldwide stage.

"I wasn't happy with the first-half performance - he was the only one really who showed the things I was looking for, winning challenges".

The Liverpool loanee thumped a remarkable set-piece past Jose Mourinho's side as Derby County took Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup on penalties.

O'Neill's men now have just a single point from their two Nations League fixtures and will be looking to avenge a 4-1 reverse at the hands of Wales back in September.

Their task has been made easier by the absence of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, Wales' two best players who both scored against Ireland last month.

With the Nations League Group 4 League B at the half-way stage and seedings important for the Euro 2020 qualifiers (as the Irish Independent's Daniel McDonnell explains in the video below), three points will go a long way towards keeping Ireland from relegation and in with a chance of being favourably seeded on the road to the European Championships which will feature games in Dublin.

Harry Wilson struck a wonderful free-kick to decide a tight contest and captain Ashley Williams led a defensive rearguard late on as Martin O'Neill's side rallied for an equaliser.

"I'm so proud - they dug in right to the end". It was a real captain's performance.

'We had a young team, it's about them getting on the pitch and getting some minutes, to a man they were brilliant'.



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