All eyes will be on Cardiff tonight, as Wales, without mega-star Gareth Bale through injury, attempt to end the Republic'sWorld Cup dreams.
Ireland gradually began to see more of the ball and they threatened for the first time in the 17th minute.
Winning is the only option for Martin O'Neill's men, and thanks to Scotland's slip-up on Sunday they now know any kind of victory would secure a play-off place. The Wales v Ireland game is certainly one to watch tonight at any rate.
It promises to be a dramatic night in south Wales and here's how you can keep up with all the action.
And boss Chris Coleman has challenged Wales" "Golden Generation' to make more history in their pursuit of glory.
The Irish are looking to qualify for the World Cup for a fourth time _ and first since 2002.
"There is nothing for the players to fear", said Coleman. 'They were labelled the golden bunch of players before we qualified for the Euros.
"But they have earned it now".
While the rankings will be updated after the final rounds of qualifiers, but we're going to be on the unseeded side of the draw, but who can we face?
"We can't be thinking that we've done really well, it's gone".
On Tuesday, we stressed that a narrow Sweden win over Luxembourg was the best we could hope for if we had any chance of overhauling Group A's runner-up on goal difference.
The game, which has widely been forgotten by the Irish sporting public was the final game of the Euro 2008 qualification group. Whoever wins this match could be heading to the World Cup qualifying play-offs. Sure that's something. Fair play to them.
"They are doing a great job of that and will concentrate on affecting what is now, not what happened in the past".
The home side bossed the Republic around the Cardiff City Stadium and their fans were roaring in behind them every step of the way.
And Coleman dismissed fears of a grudge match after what happened when the two sides met in Dublin last March.
Martin O'Neill's side now sit 34th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings (with the potential to move up to 26th after two wins in four days) and it is likely only Greece from Group H will rank lower in the draw. In short, both teams were setting their stalls out to win.
"He would have been getting some welly in this studio from me about the Wes Hoolahan thing but there's one thing that's more admirable than any other quality and it's courage. and we had it".
The 28-year-old said: "It's a sticky one because in the press, you're talking about the Wales game and everybody expects us to walk over Moldova".
"But there's nothing to fear and worry about the occasion".
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