Northern Ireland’s Gareth McAuley (centre) concedes a penalty by fowling Wales’ Simon Church in the area. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

In many respects it was one of those international friendlies that confirmed what most people already suspected. While Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ire(...)

Chelsea’s Diego Costa is shown the yellow card by referee Mike Dean during the  Premier League game against Watford at Vicarage Road. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Watford 0 Chelsea 0 John Terry had bemoaned his belief that his Chelsea career would be denied its fairytale ending but, on this evidence, the champi(...)

Dele Alli scored a stunner to give Tottenham Hotspur a 2-1 win away at Crystal Palace. Photograph: Afp

Crystal Palace 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2 Dele Alli scored one of the goals of the season to inspire Tottenham to a 3-1 Premier League victory at Crystal (...)

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud nets his side’s first goal in their 3-0 Barclay’s Premier League win over Watford at Vicarage Road. Photo: Paul Ellis/Getty Images

Watford 0 Arsenal 3 Arsenal moved to second in the Barclays Premier League with an impressive 3-0 win at Watford. The Gunners, who had beaten Manches(...)

Northern Ireland’s Steven Davis celebrates after his side’s one-all draw with Finland last night propelled them to the top of their European Championship group. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

The job was already done but Northern Ireland ended a magnificent qualifying campaign with one final feat by winning their group courtesy of a point (...)

Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye celebrates scoring his side’s first goal from a penalty as tghey beat Watford at Vicarage Road. Photo: Matt Dunham/PA

Watford 0 Crystal Palace 1 (Cabaye, 70’) A match high on intensity and industry but low on calm and quality, between one of the Premier League’s most (...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo hit a second-half hat-trick at Windsor Park. Photograph: Inpho

Northern Ireland 2 Portugal 4Ronaldo hit a second-half hat-trick to spare Portugal’s blushes against Northern Ireland on an ill-tempered night that sa(...)