Daryl Murphy's first-half double set up an intriguing World Cup qualification trip to Wales as the Republic of Ireland eased past Moldova 2-0.
The Nottingham Forest striker marked his 30th senior cap with his second and third goals for his country on a night when victory was the only option if Ireland were to keep their hopes of emerging from Group D alive.
They now head to Cardiff on Monday having to beat Chris Coleman's Euro 2016 semifinalists, who are ranked 21 places above them by FIFA, to...
Wales struck twice in the final 10 minutes to record a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Moldova and boost their World Cup qualification hopes.
Chris Coleman's side dominated for long periods in Chisinau but were missing the final touch to punish Group D's whipping boys.
But Wales -- again inspired by Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn -- finally found the way to goal with Hal Robson-Kanu and Aaron Ramsey on target.
Woodburn's role in the deadlock-breaker was crucial as he surged down the left and his cross...
Gianluigi Buffon kept a clean sheet in his 1,000th professional appearance for club and country as Italy beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Friday.
Buffon had little to do in his 168th cap for Italy, making only one save as the Italians controlled the action in Palermo.
The opening goal came in the 12th minute after Migjen Basha hauled down Andrea Belotti in the box during a set piece, and Daniele De Rossi converted the penalty.
Visiting Albania fans threw flares on the...
A stunning equaliser from Alexandru Gatcan earned Moldova a 1-1 draw away to Georgia in Tbilisi.
Georgia took the lead on 16 minutes when midfielder Valeri Qazaishvili cut back inside at the edge of the penalty area before curling his shot low into the far corner.
Moldova, though, grew into the match during the second half and secured a first point of the Group D qualifying campaign with 12 minutes left.
Rostov midfielder Gatcan collected the ball on his chest at the edge of the Georgia penalty area,...