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The Morning Score: Thursday

Here’s everything you need to know this morning – apart from how Zlatan did that.

Empty seats at the Aviva Stadium last night.
Empty seats at the Aviva Stadium last night.
Image: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Every morning TheScore.ue brings you the stories you need to know before that first cup of coffee.

1. #COYBIG Ireland lost to Greece at the Aviva Stadium last night but Giovanni Trapattoni was encouraged by his new-look side’s display. What did you make of it?  Elsewhere, the North drew 1-1 with Azerbaijan while England were hockeyed in Stockholm. Here’s what happened throughout Europe.

2. #GAA This year’s All-Star tourists jetted off for New York yesterday.

3. #RACING Frankel will command a whopping £125,000 fee at stud, it was confirmed yesterday. Insert your own joke here.

The four-year-old colt, owned by Prince Khalid Abdulla and trained by Henry Cecil, was venerated as the greatest horse ever when he retired unbeaten last month. A record crowd of 32,000 packed into Ascot to see Frankel win the Champion Stakes, the 14th and final race of an undefeated career and his ninth successive Group 1 win.

4. #PROBE Frankie Dettori’s failed drugs test in September was not for a performance-enhancing substance, the British-based Italian jockey’s lawyer said Wednesday.

5. #OOF! If you haven’t seen Zlatan’s fourth — yes fourth — goal from Sweden’s 4-2 win over England last night, you will be laughed at by your friends and family.

So here it is.

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