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Ireland handed Wales clash

Published 25/07/2015

The drawing result for Europe are displayed during the preliminary draw for the 2018 soccer World Cup in Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
The drawing result for Europe are displayed during the preliminary draw for the 2018 soccer World Cup in Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

The Republic of Ireland and Wales will clash in the qualifying competition for the 2018 World Cup after being drawn in the same group.

The two nations were drawn in Group D along with Austria, Serbia, Moldova and Georgia. The winners will qualify automatically for the finals in Russia, with the runners-up having to take part in a play-off.

Northern Ireland will have to face world champions Germany in Group C along with the Czech Republic, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino.

England and Scotland will also meet each other after they were drawn in Group F with Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta.

Northern Ireland were among the third seeds, while Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland side were in the pot of fourth seeds.

Northern Ireland's last appearance in a World Cup was in 1982 and the Republic of Ireland's in 2002.

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