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Soccer - Saturday 15 November, 2014

Isco turned Belarus’ keeper into a statue with this majestic peach

The Real Madrid midfielder gave Spain the lead with this sweet strike.

Keane and Gibson released from Ireland squad as attention turns to USA friendly

The players who weren’t involved in the defeat to Scotland trained this morning.

Thanks dad! Zinedine Zidane promotes his son up to the Real Madrid reserves

Will Enzo Zidane be as good as his old man?

Ex-Portsmouth player Valery Mezague found dead in his Toulon apartment RIP

Ex-Portsmouth player Valery Mezague found dead in his Toulon apartment

Police aren’t treating the 30 year-old’s death as suspicious.

Lincoln City’s game was cancelled today due to an exploding sauna

The team’s shinpads and boots were trapped in the smouldering hotel.

Rooney marks appearance milestone with goal as England come from behind to beat Slovenia

Danny Welbeck scored twice after Jordan Henderson’s own goal gave the visitors a shock lead.

Jordan Henderson has scored his first goal in an England shirt but it was at the wrong end

The Liverpool midfielder’s blushes were spared as England came from behind to win 3-1.

Roy Carroll kept a clean sheet for Notts County today after playing for Northern Ireland in Bucharest last night

The 37 year-old caught an early morning flight to the UK to be back in time for the game and County won too!

Manchester United could be without David de Gea for Arsenal clash next weekend

The goalkeeper missed Spain training on Friday ahead of clashes with Belarus and Germany, and is the latest injury doubt for Louis van Gaal’s side

Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne handed England debut as Rooney wins 100th cap

Rooney becomes the ninth player to reach a century of apperances for the Three Lions.

Manuel Neuer was basically playing fly goalie for Germany last night

Neuer seemed to be in the libero role for much of last night’s Germany vs Gibraltar game.

Anatomy of a goal: Analysing Shaun Maloney’s winner

It was a terrific finish from the Scottish midfielder but Martin O’Neill will be livid with the Irish players’ role in it.

Teumuri Ketsbaia steps down as Georgia manager after heavy defeat to Poland

The former Newcastle attacker had been in charge since 2009.

Poll: So, are we still on course for qualification for Euro 2016? In The Balance This post contains a poll

Poll: So, are we still on course for qualification for Euro 2016?

Ireland suffered a setback in Glasgow last night, but are still in a promising position.

Why Rooney’s 100th cap sounds the deathknell of the ‘Golden Generation’ – Inside Hodgson’s England overhaul

The Three Lions captain is the last remnant of the nation’s most gifted collection of players and must now skipper the side into a new era built on youthful exuberance.

Keano staring down the match official while chewing gum is our new jam

Ireland may have lost the game, but we won the staring contest.

Michael O’Neill still upbeat despite Bucharest defeat

After opening their campaign with three straight victories, the North lost last night.

The Shane Long experiment didn’t work and 4 more talking points from last night

The Irish strategy ensured the striker was relatively anonymous while Scotland bossed things in central midfield.

Humiliating defeat to Faroes cost Claudio Ranieri his job as Greece boss

“There was no other option than to terminate the contract,” the federation says.

Seamus Coleman ‘devastated’ by defeat in Glasgow but urges Ireland to move on

The Everton full-back believes that there is still a long way to go in Euro 2016 qualifying despite losing 1-0 to Scotland at Celtic Park on Friday evening.

From Football fan dies after falling at Ireland match Scotland

Football fan dies after falling at Ireland match

Police are not investigating the circumstances of his death as suspicious.

Stephen Quinn on Robbie Keane’s omission: We respected the manager’s decision

The Hull midfielder also partially blamed the pitch for the poor quality of football on show tonight.

Player ratings: Here’s how the Boys in Green fared against Scotland

We reflect on a disappointing night for the Boys in Green.

Eamon Dunphy: Ireland need to pass the ball more

Meanwhile, Richie Sadlier argued that the hosts adapted to the pressure of the occasion better.

Opinion: Trapattoni’s legacy and the trauma of Cyprus still hampering the Irish team

Martin O’Neill’s side suffered a setback last night following an uninspired display.

‘If the manager wants to play one up-front, I’m not f**king Niall Quinn and I’m not Shane Long’

Robbie Keane says he has to respect Martin O’Neill’s decision to drop him for last night’s clash with Scotland.

In defence of Glenn Whelan, Keano’s beard and the rest of the week’s best comments

Eamon Dunphy’s love for Wes Hoolahan also features.

‘We’re still in this’ – Home form most important for qualification, insists O’Neill

The Ireland boss believes there was very little between the sides at Cetic Park.

Northern Ireland lose 100% record, as Greece beaten 1-0 by Faroe Islands

Northern Ireland lose 100% record, as Greece beaten 1-0 by Faroe Islands

The Faroes improbably claimed a fourth away win in 24 years.

Soccer - Friday 14 November, 2014

Roy Keane fixed the ref with one serious death stare this evening

It’s no consolation but at least Keano won the staring contest.

Martin O’Neill: Ireland deserved a draw tonight

The Irish manager tried to focus on the positives following their disappointing 1-0 loss to Scotland.

Maloney delivers a moment of magic to settle drab derby

“It’s a disappointment but it’s far from failure,” Ireland boss Martin O’Neill said afterwards.

Germany recorded one of the least surprising wins in the history of football tonight

Thomas Mueller scored twice while Mario Goetze also netted before a Gibraltar own-goal completed the scoring.


Occasion may have got the better of McGeady and others as luck runs out for O’Neill

Ireland were second best throughout the 90 minutes in tonight’s Euro 2016 qualifier.

Poland win in Georgia to ramp up the pressure on Ireland

Over to you Ireland, Scotland and Germany…

This fine Shaun Maloney finish gave Scotland all three points against Ireland

Maloney struck the game’s only goal 15 minutes from time.

As it happened: Scotland v Ireland, Euro 2016 qualifier

Scotland took on Ireland as both sides tried to enhance their chances of qualification.

Heavy queues outside Celtic Park meant lots of fans missed the kick-off tonight

Supporters took to social media to vent their frustration.

As if it wasn’t going to be tough enough … Gibraltar caught out for Germany’s opening goal

Müller and Götze among the goals as Germany win 4-0 in Nuremberg.