Playmaker Martin Odegaard set up Erling Haaland for two of his three goals as Norway thumped Romania 4-0 in Oslo to go top of Group B1 on six points, two ahead of the Romanians. That penalises players with more quality, as the ball bounced around irregularly. That took the number of Irish players missing for related reasons to seven, with Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah also absent owing to their proximity to an FAI staff member who tested positive in the week, though it has since transpired the result of that test was inaccurate. “It was a bit scrappy,” Giggs said. “Something that affected us a little was that the pitch was in a very bad condition,” said Italy head coach Roberto Mancini. Joe Rodon blocked a header by Daryl Horgan in the 78th minute before Horgan rammed the rebound over. The Wales manager was angered further when a sloppy pass by Wilson gifted the ball to Robbie Brady, who scurried towards the visitors’ box and tried to guide a shot into the top corner, missing by inches. Last modified on Tue 13 Oct 2020 14.14 BST. That unfortunate moment contrasted with most of what preceded it in a grimly low-fi clash. There were no goals in Group A1 as Netherlands were held by Bosnia-Herzegovina, while Poland and Italy failed to find the back of the net. But after 27 minutes Wales had a shot. The Republic of Ireland and Wales played out a lacklustre 0-0 draw in their 2020-21 UEFA Nations League B4 match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Wales remain unbeaten in the Nations League after they were held to a lifeless goalless draw away against the Republic of Ireland. Republic of Ireland 0-0 Wales: The Irish were missing seven players due to Covid-19 precautions James McClean was shown a red card vs Wales (Getty) Ireland managed to … Group B3 leaders Russia were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Turkey, with Hungary making the most of that result by beating bottom side Serbia 1-0 to move into second place on six points, one behind the leaders. An Ireland side depleted by coronavirus drew 0-0 with Wales in a Nations League clash in Dublin © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. The striker made an unintentionally heavy impact in the 23rd minute when he caught Kevin Long with his forearm while jumping for the ball. McClean did well down the left before laying the ball back to Enda Stevens, whose cross invited the hitherto neglected Shane Long to head into the net from 10 yards. An own goal by Runar Mar Sigurjonsson and superb strikes by Christian Eriksen and Robert Skov gave Denmark a deserved 3-0 win over Iceland in Group A2. Croatia celebrated their first Nations League top-tier win after a late goal by substitute Andrej Kramaric gave them a 2-1 home win over Sweden. “It’s not an excuse, but it was terrible. The challenge depleted Ireland further, forcing the centre-back to leave the action with a swollen eye. The Borussia Dortmund  striker now has six goals in as many games for his country. Ireland were the brighter team in a dull contest but the fact this ended with the hosts being reduced to 10 men because of a red card for James McClean compounded a frustrating week for Stephen Kenny. The other game in the group finished scoreless as France and Portugal played out a draw. The contest concluded with another Irish exclusion, as McClean collected a second yellow card for a late tackle on Ampadu. For long periods the sides cancelled each other out. The wisdom of persisting with international competition in the midst of a pandemic was cast into further doubt by a raft of Irish withdrawals before the game and the barren spectacle that followed. Ireland raised their game in the second half and passed with the inventive intent that Kenny encourages. The referee decided the Welsh player was in the wrong, to the annoyance of Ryan Giggs. The Irish manager’s preparations had been disrupted by the news on Saturday night that one of his players, whom the Football Association of Ireland, did not publicly identify, tested positive for Covid-19 and four “close contacts” – John Egan, Callum Robinson, Callum O’Dowda and Alan Browne – had to go into isolation. Sun 11 Oct 2020 16.08 BST “We didn’t really get into our rhythm but I think you have to give credit to Ireland for that, they pressed us. So Ireland were in rag order as they sought to rouse themselves four days after their shootout defeat in Slovakia.

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