McClean brace puts Ireland joint top

 

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The Republic of Ireland sit joint top of their World Cup qualifying group after victory in Moldova last night.

Two second half goals by Derry's James McClean gave Martin O'Neill's side a 3-1 win.

Ireland made the perfect start when Shane Long netted after just 2 minutes, but a Moldovan equaliser on the stroke of half time gave the side some nervy moments before McClean's brace.

It was an often feisty affair between the teams, and Wes Hoolahan says that's something they were expecting.

The result means Ireland sit in 2nd place on 7 points, only behind Serbia on goal difference after their 3-2 win over Austria who are 4th.

Wales are 3rd after a 1-1 draw at home to Georgia.