Joel Coustrain scored the Republic of Ireland’s second goal in the Uefa Under-19 Championships elite qualifying round encounter with hosts Germany in Sandhausen/ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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Ivory Coast’s players celebrate winning the African Nations Cup final  against Ghana in Bata, Equatorial Guinea. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

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Giorgos Samaras of Greece celebrates scoring his team’s second goal against the  Ivory Coast. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

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