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McClean and Robson-Kanu in stalemate

24 March 2017

Republic of Ireland and Wales share spoils in Dublin

ALBION team-mates James McClean and Hal Robson-Kanu came up against each other on Friday night as the Republic of Ireland and Wales played out a hard-fought goalless draw.

McClean completed 90 minutes at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin while Hal Robson-Kanu played 45 minutes, making way at half-time in the Group D World Cup qualifier.

Neither nation could find a breakthrough in the crucial clash, Wales finishing the encounter with 10 men following Neil Taylor's dismissal.

McClean, who claimed the man of the match award, wore the No.5 shirt in memory of Derry City captain and close friend Ryan McBride, who sadly passed away on Sunday.

The draw leaves the Republic of Ireland level on 11 points with Serbia at the top of the group, with Wales in joint-third place on seven points.

Elsewhere, Jonathan Leko started for England Under-18s as they triumphed 2-1 over hosts Qatar, who they meet again on Monday evening.

Sam Field, meanwhile, came on for the final 10 minutes as England Under-19s qualified for the Euro finals in style as they defeated Spain 3-0 at St. George’s Park.

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