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Soccer - Sunday 18 October, 2020

Sharp penalty gives Blades and Fulham their first point of the season

Fulham were unable to hold on for a win and so sit bottom of the early table.

Ireland boss Pauw: 'It's a final, and we're on the fringe to do something special'

The Girls in Green face Ukraine in a decisive Euro qualifier on Friday as they look to reach a first-ever major tournament.

Winter football woes, the Iceman and more of the week's best sportswriting

Plus, how the Big Six came to be the top half-dozen dogs.

Years of Lead: the story of Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady’s fractious decade

Kevin Brannigan excavates the writing of one of Ireland’s favourite pundits on another.

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What is being done to stop another George Gibney in Irish sport?

Dr Una May of Sport Ireland and Swim Ireland’s Kate Hills on child protection in Irish sport.

Soccer - Saturday 17 October, 2020

Frank Lampard defends Kepa again after keeper makes yet another blunder

The Spanish goalkeeper was involved in the Chelsea errors which led to Che Adams’ goal for Southampton in today’s 3-3 draw.

Fourteen-year-old Sam Curtis makes senior debut for Shamrock Rovers Teenage Kicks This post contains videos

Fourteen-year-old Sam Curtis makes senior debut for Shamrock Rovers

The youngster became the club’s youngest ever senior debutant on a day when Longford Town’s promotion hopes suffered a blow.

Barcelona slump to surprise defeat at Getafe

Jaime Mata scored the only goal of the game as Ronald Koeman’s side failed to capitalise on Real Madrid’s home loss to Cadiz.

Pep Guardiola defends Sergio Aguero over contact with Sian Massey-Ellis

The Manchester City forward appeared to grab the assistant referee’s shoulder after a disputed throw-in decision.

Manchester United batter Newcastle after falling behind to freak own goal

Scoreline in no way flattered United despite early setback.

Irish internationals shine as Peamount and Shels record huge wins and history made at Dalymount Park

Phase Two of the Women’s National League kicked off today.

Cork City's bid to avoid relegation takes a hit after scoreless home draw

Cork’s Cian Coleman had a goal disallowed while Daryl Murphy came off the bench to make his first appearance for Waterford since he re-joined the club.

Promoted Cadiz inflict shock defeat on La Liga champions Real Madrid

Anthony Lozano’s first-half goal proved enough for an unlikely win for the newcomers – their first in 29 years against Real.

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Lewandowski, Mueller doubles send Bayern second with Bielefeld win

Goal of the day came from Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen.

Zlatan scores twice to win Milan derby in first game back after coronavirus recovery

Ibrahimovic also missed a penalty as AC Milan ran out 2-1 winners over Inter.

Raheem Sterling strike earns Manchester City narrow victory over Arsenal

Pep Guardiola saw his side claim the spoils against his former assistant Mikel Arteta.

Liverpool ask Premier League to review VAR decisions from derby

Jordan Pickford’s tackle on Virgil Van Dijk and Jordan Henderson’s late disallowed goal have been called into question by the Reds.

Ireland legend Hughton gets his Forest reign off to perfect start

Elsewhere in the English Football League there were assists for Irishmen Alan Judge, Corey O’Keeffe, Nathan Collins and Swords native, Peter Kioso.

Chelsea cough up last minute goal to gift point to the Saints

Kepa Arrizabalaga endured another day to forget as Saints fought back to draw.

Furious Klopp angered by disallowed goal in Liverpool derby draw with Everton

Klopp admits the injury suffered by Virgil Van Dijk is “not good”. Dutch ace and Thiago Alcantara were both injured by poor challenges.

Everton escape with point as red mist descends against Liverpool

Richarlison was sent off for the Toffees while Jordan Pickford avoided similar punishment for a dangerous lunge on Virgil Van Dijk.

Slaven Bilic says making Ireland debut will help Dara O’Shea’s confidence

Twenty-one-year-old made debut for Stephen Kenny’s men against Finland on Wednesday.

Connor Goldson double gives Rangers Old Firm win at Celtic

Rangers completed back-to-back wins at Parkhead for the first time since 1995.

An ode to the lifeblood of the nation's sporting anatomy

Let coaches know how much they’re appreciated, because the importance of participation in sport for young people has never been more clear.

Confusion over whether spectators can attend sports events in Northern Ireland

First Minister Arlene Foster has insisted new coronavirus regulations do not ban spectators in the grounds of elite sports.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Harry Maguire does not want to ‘hide’ from firing line

The United manager insists he has not considered leaving Maguire out, but injury may force his hand.

Soccer - Friday 16 October, 2020

Ireland's Ryan Manning completes Championship switch

The Galway native has ended a five-and-a-half-year spell at Queens Park Rangers to join Swansea City.

Mbappe fires PSG to top of French league

The champions were 4-0 winners over Nimes tonight.

Cabinteely miss chance to secure play-offs with heavy UCD defeat

The students have instead put one foot in the post-season series with a 5-1 win.

FAI postpone all elite underage leagues with immediate effect

The decision has been made ahead of a Cabinet meeting on whether to send the country to level five.

Spurs sign Wales defender Rodon, Liverpool send Elliot and Wilson out on loan

West Ham, meanwhile, have signed Said Benrahma on a season-long loan deal.

Bohs' winning run ended with draw at Dundalk

Keith Long’s side are now guaranteed to finish in the top two after a goalless draw at Oriel Park.

Is the Premier League's Project Big Picture really such a bad idea?

It s a naked power grab by the biggest clubs, but with the lower leagues fighting for their lives after decades of Premier League greed, it may be worth accepting.

Ireland international Pilkington joins Robbie Fowler's Indian Super League side

The 32-year-old is coming on board with East Bengal for the upcoming season.

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'An exciting player to watch' - Ex-Ireland U21 winger leaves QPR on loan

Olamide Shodipo will spend the remainder of the season with League One club Oxford United.

Ex-Ireland internationals Reid and Colgan join Hughton on Nottingham Forest coaching team

The pair have been added to the Championship club’s backroom staff.

Slovakia sack coach Pavel Hapal eight days after Ireland play-off victory

Slovakia in search of a new manager ahead of next month’s Euros play-off against Northern Ireland.

Jonathan Hill appointed CEO of the Football Association of Ireland

It’s ‘a turning point for Irish football after the events of the last 18 months,’ says FAI president Gerry McAnaney.

Drogheda United v Wexford postponed due to Covid case

The First Division clash is the latest fixture to be called off.