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Soccer - Sunday 12 November, 2017

'It reminded me of the old days in League Two': Schmeichel unimpressed with Copenhagen pitch

Kasper Schmeichel slammed the state of the pitch at Parken Stadium, saying it reminded him of playing in League Two.

'In terms of quality, expectations have reached a new low during this campaign'

A team can still be pragmatic and expressive.

'We're Italy, we'll qualify,' insists under-pressure boss Ventura

Sweden head to Milan with a one-goal advantage.

He's admitted he can't buy a goal right now, but Shane Long needs to start for Ireland

Tuesday’s second leg against Denmark would be the ideal place to break his duck.

'It wasn’t pretty' - Here's how the Danish media reacted to last night's World Cup play-off

An ugly, at times unwatchable stalemate — but it’s still all to play for on Tuesday for both sides.

'Man Utd are like an adult version of Disneyland!' - Klopp reveals crazy Red Devils approach

The German turned down the chance to replace David Moyes at Old Trafford after finding the club’s pitch “a bit unsexy”.

Poll: after last night's result, do you think Ireland will get to the World Cup ? COYBIG This post contains a poll

'It was like a freight train came and hit us and we really didn't see it coming'

Jimmy Conway, former Republic of Ireland international and best-known for his time with Fulham, has been battling dementia for a decade.

Lee Sharpe reveals what Fergie said to Cantona after 'kung-fu kick' Remember When This post contains videos

Lee Sharpe reveals what Fergie said to Cantona after 'kung-fu kick'

The legendary manager was not in a good mood after the infamous incident – but Gary Pallister’s defending was the main focus of his rage.

After years in the footballing wilderness, Ireland's hero last night is finally getting due recognition Profile This post contains videos

After years in the footballing wilderness, Ireland's hero last night is finally getting due recognition

Darren Randolph was deservedly named man of the match in Copenhagen.

Overcoming addiction to reach the top again, Ireland's rebel without a pause and the week's best sportswriting

It’s Sunday morning and you know what that means….. stick the kettle on and feast your eyes on some brilliant long reads.

'We might have to score two... we'll have to show a bit more creativity' Reflections This post contains videos

'We might have to score two... we'll have to show a bit more creativity'

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill feels his side can improve on last night’s display in Copenhagen.

Bendtner: Maybe we thought Ireland would attack more instead of just kicking the ball away

The ex-Arsenal striker says Denmark now have the advantage ahead of the second leg in Dublin.

'If we can keep Denmark out on their home patch, we can do it on ours' - Duffy

Ireland’s centre-half is confident of another cleen sheet in Tuesday’s World Cup play-off second

Arsenal star tells Northern Ireland to get over contentious penalty

Granit Xhaka has little sympathy.for Michael O’Neill’s side’s misfortune.

'It takes courage to get on the ball and play the way Hoolahan plays' Unimpressed This post contains videos

'It takes courage to get on the ball and play the way Hoolahan plays'

The RTÉ panel were critical of Ireland’s performance in Copenhagen on Saturday night.

Soccer - Saturday 11 November, 2017

Denmark boss irked by question about the poor quality of tonight's game The Ugly Truth This post contains videos

Denmark boss irked by question about the poor quality of tonight's game

“If we play like this in Dublin we’ll win. You can say what you want about football.”

'The onus is on the home side to try to break the team down. We've set out with a gameplan'

Martin O’Neill said he was “very pleased” with the Irish players’ effort this evening.

Randolph to the rescue and more talking points from Denmark

It’s all to play for as Ireland head back to Dublin for a crunch showdown with Denmark on Tuesday.

Two more countries qualified for the 2018 World Cup today

Morocco and Tunisia booked their places in Russia this evening.

Crotty scores New Zealand's 2,000th try as unconvincing All Blacks defeat France in Paris

Steve Hansen’s side were not entirely convincing despite a big win at the Stade de France.

Here's how we rated the Irish performances tonight in Copenhagen

Denmark and Ireland played out a goalless draw in the first leg of their 2018 World Cup play-off.

Ireland's World Cup play-off on a knife edge after draw away to Denmark

Martin O’Neill’s men held the home side to a 0-0 stalemate at Parken Stadium tonight.

As it happened: Ireland v Denmark, World Cup qualification play-off first leg

Ireland took on Denmark, with a spot in Russia 2018 up for grabs.

From TheJournal.ie United by Irish football and a sectarian pub massacre: The full story of Loughinisland is finally being told No Stone Unturned

United by Irish football and a sectarian pub massacre: The full story of Loughinisland is finally being told

A new documentary names the suspects in the massacre that killed five people while they watched Ireland play in the 1994 World Cup.

Callum O'Dowda named in Ireland team to face Denmark in tonight's World Cup play-off

The Boys in Green are away in Copenhagen for the first leg.

Spanish media bemoan Bale's fragility after latest 'breakdown'

Since signing a lucrative new six-year contract with Madrid over a year ago, the Welsh star has featured in just 24 matches.

'When I saw James Milner, a right-footed midfielder, at left-back I knew something was happening'

Alberto Moreno endured a disappointing 2016-17 campaign at Anfield, with a makeshift defender often favoured in front of him.

'When something's taken away from you like that... emotions are so raw at that time'

John O’Shea recalls his memories of playing in international play-offs and what it would mean to play in another World Cup.

'He broke my nose after 30 seconds and should’ve been sent off' Anger This post contains videos

'He broke my nose after 30 seconds and should’ve been sent off'

AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci is not happy with the referee from last night’s Sweden-Italy game.

Atletico unfazed by Man United's Griezmann 'game' as further transfer talk is rubbished

Club president Enrique Cerezo is sure the France international forward will remain at the club long-term.

'Eriksen is one of the best players in the world but we are not a one-man team' Schmeichel Says This post contains videos

'Eriksen is one of the best players in the world but we are not a one-man team'

Peter Schmeichel shares his thoughts on stopping Eriksen and Denmark ahead of tonight’s crucial play-off first leg.

Sepp Blatter says Hope Solo's 'grabbed ass' claim is 'absurd and ridiculous'

The former head of world football has responded to the US goalkeeper’s accusations.

Letter from Copenhagen: After a 15-year wait, Ireland's time for World Cup return beckons

Ben Blake is in the Danish capital, where travelling fans are on the hunt for tickets and paying over-the-odds for pints.

Murphy or Long, Christian belief and more Copenhagen talking points

Denmark stand between Ireland and a place at the World Cup for the first time since 2002.

Martin O'Neill on the cusp of becoming Ireland's most successful manager since Jack Charlton

The upcoming games with Denmark will have a huge impact on the manager’s legacy.

Poll: How do you think Ireland's World Cup play-off against Denmark will go tonight? Have Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: How do you think Ireland's World Cup play-off against Denmark will go tonight?

The first leg kicks off at 7.45pm tonight.

'I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass': Hope Solo accuses ex-Fifa boss of sexual assault

The former United States goalkeeper alleges the incident took place at the Ballon d’Or award in January 2013.

Soccer - Friday 10 November, 2017

Stunned! Italy in big trouble after first-leg play-off defeat in Sweden

The pressure is on ahead of the second-leg in Milan.