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(...)

 Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters after scoring in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Donall Farmer/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 1 Georgia 0 Martin O’Neill’s side did just about enough here to sustain their hopes of a place at next summer’s European Champion(...)

One of the positives of the Martin O’Neill era has been his willingness to move with the times and use different tactical and organisational shapes for our team

Scotland’s failure to get even a point in Tbilisi on Friday was a welcome shock. The scenario now is that, remarkably, Ireland can take the play-off p(...)

Robbie Keane at the Republic of Ireland press conference on Thursday: he said Ireland must not underestimate Gibraltar. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It would have taken some doing to get through the last few months without realising that it had been 25 years since Italia’ 90. Less celebrated, thoug(...)

New signing Pedro scored on his Chelsea debut helping his side to a 3-2 win away at West Bromwich Albion. Photograph: Epa

West Bromwich Albion 2 Chelsea 3 The good news for Chelsea is that the defence of their title is up and running with a first victory of the sea(...)

Bournemouth’s Eunan O’Kane has been named in martin O’Neill’s provisional 37-man squad for next month’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia. Photograph: PA

As he named a hugely extended squad for next month’s European Championship qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia, Republic of Ireland manager Marti(...)

 Vincent Kompany scores  Manchester City’s  third goal during the  Premier League match against  West Brom  at The Hawthorns. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

West Brom 0 Manchester City 3 These are only the embryonic stages of the new Premier League season so perhaps there should be a note of caution attach(...)