Northern Ireland’s Chris Brunt at the end of their World Cup play-off second leg match at St Jakob-Park Stadium in Basel. Photograph: Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s Aaron Hughes, Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Jamie Ward, all starters in Basel, could now contemplate international retirement, p(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill looks dejected after the match. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters

Michael O’Neill refused to discuss his future as Northern Ireland manager after his side agonisingly missed out on a place in next year’s World Cup af(...)

Northern Ireland’s Jordan Jones  and his team-mates look dejected after the  World Cup playoff second leg match against Switzerland  at St Jakob-Park in Basel. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 (Switzerland win 1-0 on agg) Michael O’Neill resembled a mourner at a funeral as he walked across a mud-splattered p(...)

Granit Xhaka and Northern Ireland’s Conor Washington during Switzerland’s 1-0 win in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Granit Xhaka has told Northern Ireland to move on from the penalty call that has left Switzerland in charge of their World Cup play-off. The Northern(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill and  Jonny Evans after the final whistle of the World Cup playoff first leg against Switzerland at Windsor Park in Belfast. Photograph:  William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye/

Michael O’Neill described the penalty that condemned Northern Ireland to defeat against Switzerland as the worst decision he has seen at international(...)

Switzerland players celebrate after Ricardo Rodriguez  scored from the penalty spot during the World Cup playoff first leg at Windsor Park in Belfast. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland 0 Switzerland 1 The road to Russia for Northern Ireland has been pot-holed by a potentially fatal blunder. “Dare to Dream” is their (...)

Leonardo Bonucci is set to make a surprise move from Serie A champions Juventus to AC Milan. Photo: Getty Images

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci appears poised to complete a shock switch to the champions’ ambitious Serie A rivals AC Milan. The 30-year-old, pr(...)

 Poland players celebrate their penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland in Saint-Etienne. Photograph: Getty

Switzerland 1 Poland 1 (Poland win 5-4 on penalties) Poland reached their first-ever European Championship quarter-final with a penalty shoot-out vic(...)

Real Madrid’s Portuguese defender Pepe clears his nose during their 2-0 defeat in Germany.  Photo: Getty Images

Wolfsburg stunned Real Madrid with two goals in eight first-half minutes to take control of their Champions League quarter-final tie. The 10-time wi(...)

 Ciaran Clark  celebrates his early goal for the Republic of Ireland in the friendly international against Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland 1 Switzerland 0 After all the talk about the possibility of Euro2016 games having to be played behind closed doors, perhaps it mi(...)

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