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It was a record breaking night for Burnley deep into stoppage time at Cardiff when Kevin Long came on as a substitute for the Republic of Ireland to take the number of Clarets on the pitch to five.

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Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick (pictured) and Stephen Ward all played the full game and with 71 minutes gone, and Wales trailing to a James McClean goal, Sam Vokes replaced Hal Robson-Kanu to take the number of our players on the pitch to four. That became five in stoppage time when Long replaced Daryl Murphy.

It ended 1-0 and that saw Wales bow out of the World Cup, but for those four Irish players, plus Jon Walters, who missed this game through injury, it is one step closer to Russia as they move into the play-offs.

There won’t be any play-offs for Iceland who last night became the smallest country ever to qualify for a World Cup Finals. Their expected win over Kosovo ensured they won Group I and a place in the finals. Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson opened the scoring in their 2-0 win with Johann Berg Gudmundsson scoring for the second successive game to take his country to Russia.

That should be two Burnley players in the finals with Steven Defour’s Belgium having already qualified and that total could rise to eight if Ireland and New Zealand win through their play-offs, and New Zealand will learn tonight who their South American opponents will be.

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