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Football | Ireland forced to settle for a scoreless stalemate against Wales

James McClean was sent off as the Republic of Ireland drew 0-0 with Wales in Dublin.

McClean was shown a second yellow late in the second half for a reckless tackle on Ethan Ampadu.

The Boys in Green dominated possession and carved out the better chances in the UEFA Nations League clash at the Aviva Stadium, but only registered one shot on target against Ryan Giggs' visitors.

Stephen Kenny's side were dealt a huge blow before the game, with five Irish players ruled out of the match after one member of the squad tested positive for COVID-19.

Kenny - whose wait for a first win goes on - made four changes to the team which suffered heartbreak in Slovakia, with Kevin Long, Jayson Molumby, Robbie Brady and Shane Long coming into the starting eleven.

Burnley defender Long then suffered a facial injury in the first half, and was replaced by Cyrus Chrstie, who slotted in at right back, with Matt Doherty shifting into the middle of the defence alongside Shane Duffy.

Molumby was excellent throughout, impressing off the ball with his pressing and tenacious tackling, and on it with his assured passing and crisp distribution.

Shane Long, who has not scored an international goal in four years, squandered the hosts' best chance of the game, sending a free header over the crossbar from 10 yards in the second half.

Substitute Daryl Horgan fired another effort over late on, while Jeff Hendrick registered the hosts' sole shot on target with a tame effort in the second half.

Harry Wilson and David Brooks forced Darren Randolph into saves, but Ireland were largely untroubled by Wales throughout the match.

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