Republic of Ireland’s John O’Shea celebrates scoring the equaliser  against Germany in injury time. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Football is not immune to fairytales but even the Brothers Grimm might have raised eyebrows at the manner in which Ireland concocted one of those fab(...)

German  coach Joachim Löw during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Ireland in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Ina Fassbender / Reuters
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Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) 6/10 Until the last kick, only had one moment where his heart rate would have crept up at all – stretching time to(...)

John O’Shea (centre) of Ireland celebrates after scoring  the late equaliser against world champions Germany in   at Arena Auf Schalke in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Fredrik Von Erichsen / EPA

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Darron Gibson (centre) and Jeff Hendrick (right) shadow Brian Perez of Gibraltar   at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Ian Walton/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill has allowed Richard Keogh return to Derby County after the defender failed to shake off the hamstring injury that kept him out of the 7(...)

Jannik Vestergaard of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim celebrates a goal during the Bundesliga match against SC Freiburg at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim. Photo:  Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

The last leg of the journey to Hoffenheim provides a pretty clear early indication that you are going to a different type of Bundesliga club. Mannh(...)

 Ulf Schott: “After the World Cup in France, however, everybody said, ‘okay, yes, we have to do far more’.”

Ulf Schott is no evil genius, but from his office at the Deutscher Fußball-Bund’s headquarters in a leafy part of Frankfurt, Schott and the youth depa(...)

Germany coach Joachim Low: says he is expecting a very intense game against Martin O’Neill’s Irish side in Gelsenkirchen. Photo:  Greg Fiume/Getty Images

World champions Germany will be without new captain Bastian Schweinsteiger as well as key midfielders Sami Khedira and Marco Reus for their upcoming(...)

Thomas Müller of Bayern Munich scores the opening goal with a penalty during the Uefa  Champions League group match against  CSKA Moscow at Khimki Arena. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

CSKA Moscow 0 Bayern Munich 1 Thomas Müller’s first-half penalty gave Bayern Munich a 1-0 triumph at CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, their second victo(...)

Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng (centre) celebrates with his team mates after scoring the winner   against Manchester City. Photograph: Michaela Rehle / Reuters

Bayern Munich 1 Manchester City 0For Manchester City, it was a brutal way to lose. They had subdued Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola was so exasperated(...)

Manchester City players (L-R) Vincent Kompany, Frank Lampard and Aleksandar Kolarov during their  training session in Munich on Tuesday. Photograph: Marc Mueller / EPA

The mission for Manchester City in Bavaria this evening is to prove their Champions League lesson has been learned. With Manuel Pellegrini hoping for(...)