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McClean helps Republic of Ireland to Group D draw

6 September 2016

Hal Robson-Kanu plays final 15 minutes of Wales’ win

JAMES McClean played the full 90 minutes of the Republic of Ireland’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw against Serbia in Belgrade.

Ireland took the lead early on through Jeff Hendrick but Serbia hit back in the second-half and went 2-1 ahead thanks to goals from Filip Kostic and a Dusan Tadic penalty.

But Martin O’Neill’s side weren’t to be denied an opening day point in Group D and Daryl Murphy headed home an equaliser with nine minutes remaining. 

Hal Robson-Kanu’s Wales got off to a flying start in the same group as the Irish, recording a thumping 4-0 win over minnows Moldova. 

The new Albion striker replaced Sam Vokes in the 75th minute in Cardiff where goals from Vokes, Joe Allen and a Gareth Bale brace secured a routine victory for the hosts.


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