Ireland fans in fine voice for national anthem in Wales as players struggle to find their voices
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Ireland fans in fine voice for national anthem in Wales as players struggle to find their voices

IRELAND'S passionate supporters have got behind their team for tonight's must-win World Cup qualifier against Wales.

Irish fans took over the Welsh capital and turned the city into a sea of green ahead of the crucial clash.

A 'sensational' rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann saw the festivities continue inside the stadium – although a few of the Irish players appeared to have a problem finding their voice.

The rousing anthem from the fans saw some describe the atmosphere at the Cardiff City Stadium as being like a home game for Ireland.

Wales meanwhile stopped the backing track to their national anthem early so the fans and players could sing a capella, hoping to recreate the atmosphere generated when the Georgian football association accidentally stopped the music to Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau early ahead Friday's victory in Tbilisi.

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Mathematically, Ireland can still finish as group winners but should Georgia fail to shock current leaders Serbia, Martin O'Neill's men must beat Wales to finish second to have a chance of making the play-offs.

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