Northern Ireland’s Josh Magennis and Jamie Ward celebrate at the end of Northern Ireland’s victory over Greece. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Like many matters in Northern Ireland, football allegiance is still quite firmly divided into two camps. After last night’s results – the Republic of (...)

Joachim Löw:    “Overall I think it was one of the most unnecessary defeats we have had to accept in recent years.” Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

The peculiar thing was that on an evening when Ireland dared to play football against the world champions, their goal for the ages held echoes of the (...)

Republic of Ireland  players congratulate goalscorer Shane Long after their victory over Germany: Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Germany had the ghoulies and ghosties, as usual. But on another night of early Hallowe’en drama at the Aviva, Ireland had the Long-legged beastie - fi(...)

Ireland’s Shane Long celebrates with Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan at the end of the game. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Oh. Mein. Gott. A Darren Randolph-Shane Long one-two and Bob’s your Onkel, we had ourselves one of the most impossibly daft and outrageously deliciou(...)

Shane Long scores the winning goal for the Republic of Ireland in the Group D Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho 4:40

Republic of Ireland 1 Germany 0 Fourteen years after that memorable day when the Dutch were beaten here, the Irish team finally took another sc(...)

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has pointed out his side have a superioir disciplinary record than Poland. Photograph: Reuters

As antiquated as the notion may be, an image of hatchet men disguised in Scotland strips seemingly lingers. That much has become apparent in the lead(...)

Germany coach Joachim Löw at Wednesday’s press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

With the half-distracted air of a man talking on the phone while feeding a child, the Germans fulfilled their pre-match duties in Ballsbridge. Much o(...)

Migrants and refugees walk to board a bus after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border, near Gevgelija on Thursday. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty

Central European interior ministers will call for tough measures today to restrict the flow of migrants into the region, in joint efforts to tighten(...)

 European commissioner in charge of economic and financial affairs, Pierre Moscovici:   “Today’s agreement means an end to obscure tax agreements between companies and authorities which can facilitate tax abuse.” Photograph: Julien Warnand

EU commissioner Pierre Moscovici hailed a new agreement on tax rulings “a first victory” in the “revolution in tax transparency” on Tuesday, as EU fin(...)

Monsignor Krzystof Charamsa smiles as he leaves at the end of his news conference in downtown Rome. Photograph: Reuters 1:42

The Vatican has fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world’s bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees(...)