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Twitter Reacts To Ireland’s Scoreless Draw With Wales And That Tackle On Seamus Coleman

Unfortunately the major talking point of tonight’s World Cup qualifier between the Republic of Ireland and Wales was a horrendous challenge from Neil Taylor, which left Irish captain Seamus Coleman with a broken leg.

The game itself was a dull, scoreless but bruising affair, with both sides struggling desperately to create clear-cut chances. According to RTE, there were fourteen shots over the course of the 90 minutes at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, with only one actually hitting the target.

Wales had the better of things for most of the first half and for the first twenty-five minutes or so of the second, but then the complexion of the contest was changed somewhat by the Taylor/Coleman incident.

Just moments after Gareth Bale received a yellow card for a rather wild sliding challenge on John O’Shea in the Irish box, Taylor went in very late on Coleman, who was making a determined charge forward, and it was immediately apparent that something serious was wrong. The referee, Nicola Rizzoli, didn’t show any hesitation whatsoever and brandished a red card. There were no protests from Taylor, who marched straight off the field. Coleman soon followed in the same direction, but he did so on a stretcher.

With Wales reduced to ten men, Ireland took charge of things and pressured the visitors intensely for the remainder of the game. This resulted in some tense moments in the Welsh penalty area in the dying minutes, but the deadlock never really looked like being broken.

With Serbia beating Georgia 3-1 earlier in the evening, the draw means that Ireland now lie in second place in Group D, level on points with Serbia but sporting a worse goal difference.

Here is a sample of the reaction to the game on Twitter…

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.