16 November 2020 02:32
Wales ground out a 1-0 home win over the Republic of Ireland to stay top of their Nations League group. Wales eventually came to life midway through the second half, David Brooks nodding in from close range after Gareth Bale's looping header across goal. Brooks was denied a second goal by an outstanding save by Darren Randolph before Bale and Kieffer Moore missed further chances for the hosts, who extended their unbeaten run in competitive matches to 10. Republic midfielder Jeff Hendrick was sent off in added time for bringing down Tyler Roberts as he appeared to have a clear run on goal. A fourth victory from five Nations League matches keeps Wales one point clear of second-place Finland, who won in Bulgaria in Group B4's other fixture on Sunday.
A draw would be enough for Wales to win the group and secure promotion to the top tier of the Nations League. As for the Republic of Ireland, they remain third and a point in front of bottom side Bulgaria, who they host in Dublin on Wednesday in a match which will decide who is relegated to the third tier. Jeff Hendrick's late tackle on Tyler Roberts saw the Republic of Ireland midfielder sent off Wales had scored one goal in their past four matches in all competitions, while the Republic had mustered just a single strike in Stephen Kenny's first six games in charge. Wales then had their first meaningful effort as a vicious dipping free-kick from Bale brushed the top of the bar, before the Republic threatened again as James McClean's low shot was saved by Danny Ward. The first half trundled to its goalless conclusion with little excitement, save for Wales midfielder's Joe Morrell kick out at Jayson Molumby, for which he was perhaps fortunate only to receive a yellow card.
Robert Page's side responded well to Ireland going close, with David Brooks winning back possession high in the opposition half, before firing a blocked shot at goal, which was gathered by Randolph. Republic of Ireland winger, James McLean, who scored the decisive goal against Wales in the crucial 1-0 loss in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, got in-behind the defence and found space in the box to shoot, but his effort was well saved by Danny Ward. Gareth Bale had a half-chance for Wales, as he found space in the box to fire an effort at goal, but his tame strike was gathered by Randolph. Although the Republic of Ireland had the most possession in the early stages of the second-half, Stephen Kenny's side failed to trouble Danny Ward. Gareth Bale headed Neco Williams' superb cross back across goal for David Brooks, who was on-hand to head past Darren Randolph and give Wales the lead.
Wales played with much more fluidity having taken the lead and continued to create chances, as the Republic of Ireland committed bodies forward. Wales substitute Tyler Roberts was put clear through on goal, only to be brought down by Jeff Hendrick, who was sent off in the dying minutes. The victory sets up the clash with Finland on Wednesday, where both sides will be battling for top spot in the Nations League group. Wales: Danny Ward, Chris Mepham, Ben Davies, Neco Williams, Ethan Ampadu, Joe Morrell, Rhys Norrington-Davies (Kieffer Moore, 67), David Brooks (Tyler Roberts, 87), Gareth Bale (C), Dan James. Wales and Ireland go toe-to-toe in the Nations League this evening with very different incentives. There's a lot riding on today's game, so read on for a full guide to getting a Wales vs Ireland live stream - including for free in the UK. Full TV and streaming options are below, and you can get an early lead by netting a good VPN, which will let you watch you preferred Nations League live stream from anywhere in the world. Gareth Bale could feature after gradually working his way to fitness at Tottenham, though Wales' star man still looks some way off his best, but Aaron Ramsey is out of contention with a thigh injury. Follow our guide below for all the ways to watch Wales vs Ireland free and get a Nations League live stream wherever you are right now. How to watch Wales vs Ireland from outside your country For those looking to watch the game in the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, we've got your viewing options listed out below. But if you're out of the country for today's match are worried that you'll miss the Wales vs Ireland game, don't sweat it. How to watch a FREE Wales vs Ireland live stream in the UK and Ireland Sky has the rights for the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League in the UK and Ireland, but Wales vs Ireland is also set to be shown on free-to-air TV. In Wales, you can watch the game for free on S4C, which is available to stream via BBC iPlayer, and in Ireland you can tune in for free on RTE and the RTE Player service, which can be access via your browser or via dedicated iOS and Android apps. Wales vs Ireland live stream: how to watch Nations League soccer online in the US Cord-cutters are really in luck when it comes to the UEFA Nations League, and Wales vs Ireland is one of 120 matches that are being shown on the ESPN+ streaming service. How to watch a Wales vs Ireland live stream in Australia Having snapped up the rights to the Nations League, you'll need to tune in to Optus Sport to watch live coverage of Wales vs Ireland if you're Down Under. Can you live stream Wales vs Ireland in Canada? How to live stream Wales vs Ireland in New Zealand Live coverage of the Wales vs Ireland Nations League clash comes courtesy of Sky Sport 7, with kick-off lined up for 6am NZDT on Monday morning. Wales host Republic of Ireland on Sunday evening as the two meet in the UEFA Nations League.