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Stephen Ward loses the ball to Yussuf Poulsen, leading to Denmark’s second goal against Ireland. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Nobody is too surprised today, are they? Not really, not honestly. Maybe there’s an innate fatalism that comes along with hanging around with Ireland (...)

Martin O’Neill has suggested Ireland will need two goals in order to qualify for the World Cup. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA

Denmark seem to have encountered Ireland’s first line of defence out at the airport on Sunday, where officials from the visiting federation were appar(...)

Wes Hoolahan takes a selfie with a fan after the first leg in Copenhagen. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/ Inpho

Walking around in Copenhagen on Saturday afternoon you could see that the World Cup play-off was a big deal. Thousands of red shirts and daytime drink(...)

Ireland players during their pre-match huddle ahead of the first leg of their 2018 World Cup qualifying playoff in Copenhagen. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

So, what’s happening on Tuesday? The Republic of Ireland are playing Denmark in the second leg of their 2018 World Cup qualifying playoff. What time(...)

Shane Duffy was a rock at the back during Ireland’s draw in Denmark. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

Towering Duffy head and shoulders above From the outset of Saturday night’s goalless draw it was clear Denmark knew it was going to be difficult to p(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Shane Duffy during the World Cup qualifying play-off first leg match at the Parken Stadium, Copenhagen. Photograph: PA

Shane Duffy admitted there is room for improvement when Ireland take to the field on Tuesday night but the defender was more than happy with the night(...)

Friday Tennis Next Gen Finals, Milan (Sky Sports Arena, 6-10pm) Players and models pose during the launch of the Next Gen ATP Final draw i(...)

Around 2,400 Irish supporters will be in the away end at the Parken stadium for Saturday’s World Cup playoff against Denmark. Photograph: Lars Ronbog/Sportsagency/Lars Ronbog

So, er, what’s happening? The World Cup playoffs, that’s what. Where have you been? Nevermind that, where might I be going? Russia, next summer, if(...)

Jeff Hendrick trained on Thursday ahead of Ireland’s trip to Copenhagen. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Jeff Hendrick is set to be fit for Saturday’s World Cup playoff clash with Denmark emerging from training on Thursday unscathed. Hendrick had been a (...)

Ireland’s Jeff Hendrick sat out training for a third straight day ahead of the World Cup playoff encounter with Denmark. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Harry Arter is optimistic that Republic of Ireland team-mates Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward will be fit for Saturday’s World Cup play-off in Denmark.(...)

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