Richie Towell: ‘It is like a cup final but I think it’s important we don’t play the occasion.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

‘If you get caught up in the atmosphere, football can get lost in it. Hopefully, we can go out and play our natural game’

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny: “This isn’t really about money, it’s about glory, it’s about the opportunity to have an unbelievably special night.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Financial stakes are high with a €300,000 difference between first and second

Dundalk’s Richie Towell reacts to a missed chance. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Visitors will have to beat new leaders Cork to win title in next week’s showdown

Martin O’Neill during the game in Gelsenkirchen: “The exhilaration is something for us to carry that into that [Scotland] game.” Photograph: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

Manager hails Germany result and teases O’Shea for ‘appalling’ goalscoring record

  André Schürrle out of tonight’s game against Ireland. Photograph: Joern Pollex/Getty Images

Hoffenheim’s Sebastian Rudy likely to deputise for tonight’s game against Ireland

Stephen Ward, Thomas Müller and Jerome Boateng, seen here clashing at the Aviva Stadium two years ago, are all likely to feature in Gelsenkirchen tonight. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Martin O’Neill faces tough calls with Stephen Quinn and Glenn Whelan set to return

David Meyler: “I watched them [Germany] at the World Cup and appreciated the football,” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Hull City midfielder faces his biggest test in Gelsenkirchen

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane speaks to the media after squad training at Gannon Park, Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Iinpho

Jon Walters, Stephen Quinn and Glenn Whelan all come back into contention

Bayern Munich: academy cost €35 million

Academies of top flight German clubs combined cost equivalent of one Gareth Bale transfer to Real Madrid

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