#OYINBOTORHLIGHT – 2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER – IRELAND MUST BE READY TO SHUT DOWN BALE, SAYS KEANE

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Ireland assistant coach Roy Keane has urged his side to relish the challenge of facing Wales forward Gareth Bale, while making sure the Real Madrid man has no room in which to operate in their World Cup qualifier Tonight (Friday).

“Bale is a world class player,” Martin O’Neill’s assistant told reporters, adding that players of Bale’s ability always found a way to make an impact in a game.

Bale, who was instrumental in Wales’ surprise run to Euro 2016 semi-finals in France, has netted four goals so far in the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Group D leaders Ireland, who have two-point lead over second-placed Serbia, can extend their advantage over the third-placed Welsh side to seven points with a win in Dublin.

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