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Oct 6, 2017 at 7.45pm UK at Aviva Stadium
Rep. IrelandRepublic of Ireland
2-0
Moldova
Murphy (2', 19')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Gatcan (90')

Result: Daryl Murphy brace keeps Republic of Ireland's World Cup hopes alive

Daryl Murphy bags a first-half brace as the Republic of Ireland beat Moldova 2-0 at the Aviva Stadium in order to set up a decisive World Cup qualifying clash with Wales.

The Republic of Ireland kept their World Cup qualification hopes alive courtesy of a Daryl Murphy brace as Martin O'Neill's side beat 10-man Moldova 2-0 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin this evening.

Having failed to win in their last four qualifiers, the Republic required three points against Moldova in order to set up a decisive clash with Wales on Monday, and the Boys in Green duly obliged with a dominant performance in the capital.

The hosts settled any early nerves inside two minutes, as Murphy reacted quickest inside the area in order to turn a finish beyond Ilie Cebanu, securing only his second international goal for the Republic.

The opener seemed to dispel any home nerves and Ireland soon set about their attacking work, this time as Callum O'Dowda broke away on the counter to put Shane Long through on goal, but the striker dragged his effort wide of the post.

Securing a safety net was Ireland's next challenge and they put themselves into a comfortable position in the 19th minute, Murphy grabbing his second of the night with an outstanding header to cap off a memorable move between Wes Hoolahan and Stephen Ward.

Moldova offered very little in the opening 45 minutes as they sat deep inside their own half, although Sergiu Platica almost produced a moment of magic with a dipping volley that saw Darren Randolph rising to tip the ball over his crossbar.

Seeking to add a third before the interval, the Republic nearly had centre-back Ciaran Clark to thank, but the defender somehow sent his header wide of the post with just Cebanu to beat.

The ROI arguably came out in the second period lacking purpose and they allowed the visitors back into the game for a short period, although Eugeniu Cociuc could not muster the required quality despite getting the better of Ward.

After missing a standout chance in the first half, Long had the opportunity to redeem himself and put the game firmly to bed after the hour mark, yet he was again wasteful after side-footing wide when O'Dowda's initial shot was blocked.

The miss failed to make much difference to proceedings, though, as Moldova were reduced to 10 men late on when Alexandru Gatcan saw red, leaving the Republic to stroll home and establish a mouthwatering clash with Wales next week, the winner of that contest claiming a definite finish in the top two of Group D.

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
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