Republic of Ireland are still looking for their first win in the UEFA Nations League after playing out a drab 0-0 draw with Wales in Dublin.
Three days after their hopes of reaching the European Championship finals were ended in Slovakia, Stephen Kenny’s side were dealt a severe blow on the eve of their clash with Wales at the Aviva Stadium when five players were ruled out after one of them tested positive for coronavirus.
But the hosts rallied to have the better chances of an affair that lacked intensity with Shane Long missing the best opportunity with a wayward second-half header.
Republic of Ireland were reduced to 10 men with seven minutes remaining as James McClean was sent off for a second bookable offence on Ethan Ampadu but Wales were unable to make their numerical advantage count.
The result leaves the visitors top of Group B4 on seven points from their three games while Ireland remain third on two points.
Full match report to follow…
Republic of Ireland travel to take on Finland on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports Football; kick-off 5pm.
In their fourth UEFA Nations League Group B4 encounter, Wales travel to face Bulgaria at the Vasil Levski National Stadium on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports Football; kick-off 7.45pm.
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