T Lawrence (6),G Bale (18),A Ramsey (37),C Roberts (55)
S Williams (66)
Wales vs Rep Ire
Nations League Grp B4
7:45pm Thursday 6th September
Cardiff City Stadium
WATCH: WALES 4-1 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
WATCH: GIGGS REACTION
Wales boss Ryan Giggs praised his players for their brilliant display after they hammered home nation rivals Republic of Ireland 4-1 in the UEFA Nations League.
WATCH: BALE REACTION
Gareth Bale and Ethan Ampadu share their thoughts after Wales' first competitive win under new manager Ryan Giggs, a 4-1 rout of Republic of Ireland.
WALES 4-1 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
FT: Scintillating stuff from Ryan Giggs' side. Goals from Lawrence, Bale, Ramsey and Roberts were more than enough against a dismal Irish side that lacked the pace, power and technical ability of this progressive Welsh team. The future looks bright judged on this showing. Next up, Denmark.
90: Four minutes added on.
88: Wales keeping the ball nicely in midfield, trying to probe but Ireland are sitting deep now. They want the whistle.
84: SHOT! Brooks and Lawrence are still causing chaos. Brooks dribbles past two in midfield and lets fly from 22 yards. Duffy with the block.
81: SUB! Dummett replaces Davies.
78: SAVE! Tyler Roberts nearly makes an instant impact. He plays a tasty one-two with Ramsey and drives an effort from 20 yards which is palmed clear by Randolph.
WATCH: RAMSEY SHOCKER
This is one Aaron Ramsey will not want to see again.....
74: SUB! Bale just loves putting on this red shirt - another fine showing. He's off. Replaced by Roberts.
WATCH: ROBERTS GOAL
This was a beauty......
WALES 4-1 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
69: Coleman charges forward and causes a bit of carnage inside the area. Williams is sniffing but Mepham gets there first to clear.
GOAL! WALES 4-1 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (Williams, 66)
The first blot on Wales' copybook for the evening as they hand Ireland the simplest of goals. Ramsey almost trips himself up in a dangerous area and presents Williams with the ball about 25 yards out. He races through before chipping the ball over Hennessey. Tidy finish from the Millwall man.
WALES 4-0 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
65: GREAT FOOTBALL! Yet more scintillating stuff. Bale to Ramsey...Ramsey to Brooks. It's all so fast. He finds Lawrence who should roll the ball across for Bale but he doesn't get his head up.
62: OFFSIDE! Wales can get as many as they want here - it's oh so easy. Ampadu chips a sensational ball over the top for Bale to chase. Clark prays for offside and the linesman grants his wish - looked tight.
59: SUB! Ward has been down holding his knee. His race is run. He's replaced by Stevens.
GOAL! WALES 4-0 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (Roberts, 55)
Amazing finishing from Wales and the Swansea man gets in on the act. This is his first EVER goal in senior football.
A break down the left exposes Ireland and Bale pings a switch of play out to Roberts. He controls with his left and then fires an unstoppable half-volley into the bottom corner with his right foot. So much confidence flowing through this Welsh side. The future is bright.
WALES 3-0 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
54: The "OLE'S" are flying around the Cardiff City Stadium as Bale and Ramsey link up to good effect.
51: YELLOW! Ireland have hardly put a finger on Wales so far but Clark decides to smash into Bale off the ball as Wales come down the left. The referee sees it and brings out the cards.
48: Same pattern on show here. All the forward pressing is being done by Wales. Hourihane and Hendrick have been overrun from the first minute.
46: KICK-OFF! Here we go. Can Wales match their first-half showing? No changes for either team.
HT: Ryan Giggs couldn't have asked for a better 45 minutes from his boys. Lawrence, Bale and Ramsey did the damage - all three goals were brilliantly taken but Bale's was the clear pick. See you in 15....
WATCH: RAMSEY GOAL
As easy as one, two, three......
41: OFFSIDE! Davies pings a 50-yard ball over the top for Bale who sprints past Clark. He's in one-on-one but the flag is raised. Slightly ahead of the last man.
GOAL! WALES 3-0 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (Ramsey, 37)
This is turning into a mauling.
Wales break so easily through Ireland's static midfield. Ramsey drives into the box and fires a low shot that skids off the surface.....Randolph hasn't got his near post covered and it flies past him. Brilliant finish, shocking from Ireland.
WALES 2-0 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
36: CHANCE! Ireland's best moment. Coleman does the damage down the right.He pulls the ball back for Robinson from 15 yards. The angle is slightly against him but he tries to be too cute and looks for the far corner. The ball sails over.
33: CHANCE! Wing-back to wing-back. Davies flies forward at pace and whips a sensational ball into the mixer....in charges Roberts - the right wing-back - and he meets it first-time with a powerful header. Randolph is beaten but the ball loops inches wide of the upright.
31: SAVE! Wales are frightening on the counter. Williams clears a ball away from his box and Brooks attacks down the right. He feeds Lawrence who comes off the left wing. From 22 yards, he pings a powerful effort that Randolph has to beat clear. Super play.
28: SHOT! Brilliant interplay from the Wales front men. Bale picks out Brooks inside the area. His first touch opens the space but his left footed effort from 15 yards skews well wide.
WATCH: BALE GOAL
If you like football, then you must watch this. Scintillating from Bale.
24: CORNER! Robinson shows fierce pace to win a corner. The big boys come up.....Duffy goes to attack the near post but Williams flicks it clear. Robinson sends the ball back in the box but the referee awards a foul.
21: Wales are buzzing around the pitch. Ireland have no space. Ampadu, who is playing in front of the back three, looks like he's been playing there all his life. Not bad for an 18-year-old.
GOAL! WALES 2-0 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (Bale, 18)
This guy's left-foot is just delicious. Wales break quickly and Bale is found with a direct 50-yard ball. Clark backs off as Bale drives towards the edge of the box. Space opens up on his left side and he whips a stunning effort right into the top corner. Special.
WATCH: LAWRENCE GOAL
Here's how Tom Lawrence opened the scoring for Wales - look out for a quite stunning assist from Joe Allen.
WALES 1-0 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
14: SHOT! Ireland have space to work in and burst forward. Hendrick has a pop but Allen gets a deflection on the ball....it loops towards goal and Hennessey has to shuffle back to make the catch. Alert goalkeeping.
12: Wales still dominating the ball. Brooks is drifting off the wing to good effect. Allen drives forward but Duffy snuffs out the danger.
8: This Welsh team look far more willing to push forward under Giggs than they did under Coleman. Rarely did you see a midfielder be given the licence to run beyond Bale - already here, both Brooks and Lawrence are flying forward. The hosts in full control and look a threat.
GOAL! WALES 1-0 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (Lawrence, 6)
Quality. Ryan Giggs gives his team the thumbs up - and it's easy to see why.
Ampadu spreads the play. Brooks drops the ball to Allen who plays through a quite stunning pass in behind Clark for Lawrence who gets the run on the defender. The angle is quite tight but he bashes an effort past Randolph. Impressive stuff.
WALES 0-0 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
3: Menacing start by Wales. Bale starts the press by chasing down Coleman deep inside his half and wins a throw in. Allen makes a burst into the area but his final touch towards Ramsey lets him down.
1: KICK-OFF! Here we go! Great atmosphere after the Welsh anthem.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND XI
HERE COMES THE TEAMS....
Seamus Coleman and Ashley Williams lead their teams out.
Green v Red. O’Neill v Giggs…..
Time for the anthems….
TEAMS IN THE TUNNEL
Lots of confidence behind Wales this evening – however, Wales
have never beaten Republic of Ireland in a competitive game (P4, W0, D2, L2).
Keith Andrews sits down with Seamus Coleman to discuss a host of topics, including Declan Rice's decision to pull out of the latest squad.
I can see Ryan Giggs taking this competition seriously and he has the weapons to get off to a good start. Gareth Bale has started the season in good form and Aaron Ramsey is fit and ready to supply the star man.
The Republic of Ireland are always difficult to beat but they don't have resources of real quality. They're hard workers and give Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane everything they've got, but I think Giggs is building something very exciting.
Charlie predicts: 2-0 and Bale to score first (18/1 with Sky Bet)
BALE IS RED HOT
Now Cristiano Ronaldo has stepped aside in Madrid, we could
be set to see some bulky numbers from Gareth Bale this season. He’s started the
season in fine fettle, scoring three in three. Will he add to his 29 goals for
his country this evening?
“They’ve done well in training and we’ve got a competitive
squad. I’m happy with the line-up and we’ve got players on the bench that can
make an impact. I’m looking forward to it.”
HERE THEY COME...
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