Southampton striker Graziano Pelle heads home  his second goal in the Premier League game against Tottenham at St Mary’s Stadium. Photo:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Southampton 2 Tottenham 2Mauricio Pochettino frustrated the fans that once adored him as Tottenham twice came from behind to secure a draw on his firs(...)

Liam Brady is reunited with his former manager and stereo repair man Giovanni Trapattoni. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Sporting life is a funny old thing: the highs stratospheric, the lows subterranean. Take Bobby Zamora. Time was he was serenaded, to the tune of That’(...)

Ross Barkley of Everton applauds the fans as he is substituted during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park. Photo: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Everton 1 Southampton 0Everton captain Phil Jagielka’s solitary goal cut through the mediocrity on an afternoon when both the Toffees and Southampton (...)

Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long scores their late equaliser against Poland. Photograph: Getty Images 7:42

Last-gasp goal hero Shane Long is convinced qualification for the Euro 2016 finals remains in the Republic of Ireland’s own hands.The striker came of(...)

Martin O’Neill had a feel for the occasion by fielding an attacking line-up, just like Ireland always should do at home. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA 3:20

The resilience shown by the Republic of Ireland players is important.Shane Long’s goal keeps this tough qualification campaign on track but victory ag(...)

Poland’s Slawomir Peszko scores his side’s goal to put the home team under pressure. Photograph: Reuters/PaulChilds 7:42

Sometimes in football you make a good decision that ends up looking like a bad one. Martin O’Neill made two big calls last night and if the 1-1 res(...)

Lukasz Fabianski saves a header from Robbie Keane. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

First, just a quick thanks to rugby for the half decent job it did of filling the international telly gap between November and last night, but, at las(...)

Shane Long celebrates after scoring a late equaliser against Poland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Dublin 4 proved to be a home away from home for Poland, as many places do for one of the world’s great diasporas. But on a night when Irish support(...)

Shay Given and his team-mates salute the crowd at the end of the game at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was a night that started well for Shay Given, the veteran goalkeeper who returned against Poland to earn his 128th senior international cap, and(...)

Republic of Ireland midfielder  Wes Hoolahan holds off the challenge of Poland’s  Tomasz Jodlowiec during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 1 Poland 1: Player ratings16 Shay Given 6/10Nothing to do really. Peszko’s goal was a curling, left footed strike.Encouraging to see him start(...)