The Republic of Ireland took on Wales in one of the standout matches of the final batch of 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Monday night.
Wales, backed by their vocal supporters inside the Cardiff City Stadium, were silenced by James McClean’s second-half winner.
Ireland subsequently secured second place in Group D, finishing two points ahead of Wales, booking their place in the play-off rounds as a result.
There were euphoric scenes from the Irish supporters when referee Damir Skomina blew the full-time whistle.
Even Roy Keane, Ireland’s assistant manager, managed to crack a smile.
Brady's 'headbutt' on Williams was laughable
Burnley’s Robbie Brady played the full 90 minutes in Cardiff but now faces a potential FIFA ban after being caught ‘headbutting’ - if you can call it that - the Welsh defender Ashley Williams.
Brady, angered with the Everton centre-back after being pushed to the ground, reacted by getting up and putting his head into Williams’ back.
Stupid? Obviously. But Williams didn’t react. In fact, it’s possible that he didn’t even feel the contact.
It was the tamest and most pathetic ‘headbutt’ we’ve probably ever seen - Gary Neville on Steve McManaman not withstanding.
You can watch the incident here…
Brady now faces a ban from FIFA
However, Sky Sports have now revealed that FIFA are to investigate the headbutt.
If found guilty of violent conduct, Brady could miss at least the first leg of Ireland’s World Cup play-off next month.
Bet he wishes he’d properly connected now.
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