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,(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Robert Lewandowski scores his and Poland’s second goal in inury time during the Group D game against Scotland at Hampden Park. Photograph:   Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Scotland 2 Poland 2 This was a very Scottish ending. Just when it seemed they had suffered at the hands of Robert Lewandowski and lived to tell(...)

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(...)

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski during his team’s training session in Warsaw on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Russell Martin has warned Robert Lewandowski that Scotland will not miss the chance to put another hefty challenge on him. The Poland striker has dema(...)

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(...)

Wolfsburg’s Maximilian Arnold, Dante and Josuha Guilavogui  react after their side lost 5-1 to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, with Robert Lewandowski scoring five goals in nine minutes. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

One of the phrases we reach for increasingly often is football’s “bubble”. This is not in the innocent sense of West Ham and Upton Park; rather, it(...)

Bayern Munich’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates after his fifth goal in the Bundesliga  match against  VfL Wolfsburg in Munich. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP

Poland captain Robert Lewandowski showed that he is in top form ahead of next month’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier at home to the Republic of Ireland b(...)

Roma’s  Alessandro Florenzi  celebrates after scoring from just inside the Barcelona half during the Champions League match at the  Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Champions League round-up: Alessandro Florenzi scored an extraordinary goal from a seemingly impossible position on the right touchline, around 40 met(...)