Despite a much-improved performance on Tuesday night, Ireland are now up against it in their bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Wales’ victory over Moldova combined with Martin O’Neill’s men’s defeat to Serbia means that a steep mountain will need to be climbed if Ireland are to finish second in the group. In truth, the Irish will likely need to win both of their upcoming clashes, particularly given the fact Wales will be strong favourites when they face Georgia next time out.
Despite what some may deem a perilous situation, O’Neill came out after Ireland’s defeat to Serbia – thanks to a piledriver from Aleksandar Kolarov – in bullish fashion and refuses to admit defeat yet.
Speaking to RTÉ, the Republic of Ireland boss said that nothing is over yet.
“We are not beaten, far from it. The last two games we must win and if we can beat Moldova then it sets us up for the final game, which we have to go to Wales and win – we have to win both matches.”
Martin O'Neill insists Ireland can still make it to the World Cup but they'll have to beat Wales and Moldova pic.twitter.com/XmpELmSPqh
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) September 5, 2017
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena