Robert Lewandowski was the star man yet again for Poland as Irelan failed to live with the Bayern Munich striker. Photo: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Third place is about right. Over the course of this qualifying campaign, Ireland didn’t do quite enough. Poland and Germany have advanced to the Europ(...)

Robbie Brady could be used at left back against Poland. Photograph: Inpho

Play-off spot sealed. Automatic qualification still a possibility. After beating the reigning world champions, our greatest achievement in many years,(...)

Northern Ireland players celebrate clinching qualification for Euro 2016 qualifier at Windsor Park on Thursday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

What a night for Irish football. Or, if you prefer, what a night for Irish soccer. And all that lies therein. On Thursday men from the 32 counties of(...)

Martin O’Neill: “We know what we have to do . . . we have to have a high scoring draw; really we have to try to win the game.” Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

It’s only a couple of years now since the then Poland manager Waldemar Fornalik used 54 players over the course of just one season. As they prepare fo(...)

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 (...)

Everton full-back Seamus Coleman looks a major doubt for Ireland’s two European Championship qualifiers with Germany and Poland due to a hamstring strain. Photo: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Seamus Coleman’s fitness will be assessed by the FAI’s medical staff this morning before any final decision is made on his ability to play in the Euro(...)

Glenn Whelan will be suspended for the visit of Germany after he picked up a yellow during Ireland’s 1-0 win over Georgis at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

After being handed a lifeline thanks to results on Friday Ireland managed to battle hard on Monday night to take full advantage, but John O’Shea is(...)

Referee Istvan Vad issues a yellow card to Republic of Ireland’s James McClean for a challenge on Georgia’s Giorgi Papunashvili  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ireland gathered three points but at a severe and frustrating cost. I would never discourage the physicality that Glenn Whelan and James McClean br(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill celebrates his team’s victory over Georgia. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Next up: the world champions. This long, fitful journey towards next summer’s European championships in France has been reduced to a grim game of blin(...)

Republic of Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan  beats Ucha Lobjanidze of Georgia to the ball during the  Euro 2016 Group D qualifying match  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Shay Given 5 No saves to make due to a confident showing from the back four. Seamus Coleman 6 Excellent technique to connect with rising ball for 37th(...)