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Radja Nainggolan’s fine strike gave Belgium a 1-0 win over Sweden in Nice.

Sweden 0 Belgium 1 La Fin. In France, the country where Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won so many hearts as he played out the last few years of his career i(...)

Republic of Ireland defender Stephen Ward training in Lille. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Like many Irish people, Stephen Ward spent the wee hours of Sunday morning glued to Shane Lowry’s bid for a major golf title at Oakmont. Most of the I(...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill gathers his thoughts during the stadium walk in Lille. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Where Giovanni Trapattoni stuck with his established players for that final game because of what they might say about him abroad, current Republic of (...)

Wes Hoolahan battles with Belgium’s Mousa Dembele on a day when the Norwich playmaker’s influence was below its normal standard. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

“I don’t know. I don’t know, to be honest.” Wes Hoolahan shrugs when he is asked to assess what happened to Ireland in Bordeaux. If the Dubliner has(...)

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane: “As long as we work hard, don’t give the ball away as cheaply, cut out the individual mistakes and get a few decisions, then we’ve got a chance.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inphho

It is, Roy Keane seems to discover, almost unwittingly, easier to make a case for Italy than Ireland in Lille tomorrow night, but the Corkman has cert(...)

Marc Wilmots remains wary of the threat posed by Sweden’s talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovc. Photograph: Afp

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has warned his players to beware Zlatan Ibrahimovic as they attempt to book their place in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 fin(...)

Romelu Lukaku: “I think it was very important for us to win today - to deliver a good performance after the game against Italy, which was a setback.”

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku says he is relieved at the way that Belgium have bounced back from the defeat by Italy and that he and his teammates wer(...)

Republic of Ireland midfielder  Jeff Hendrick at the final whistle of the Group E game against Belgium  at Stade Matmut Atlantique  in Bordeaux. Photograph: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

When the final whistle came it was a blessed relief and as the Irish supporters began the slow trip back into Bordeaux, the city’s charms and vineyard(...)

Shane Long had a strong penalty claim turned down moments before Belgium scored the opener in their 3-0 win over Ireland. Photograph: Inpho

Shane Long insists Ireland can still make it out of this European Championship group and says that doing so by beating Italy would be especially sweet(...)

Belgium manager Marc Wilmots with goalscorer Romelu Lukaku after Saturday’s 3-0 win over Ireland in Bordeaux. Photograph: Afp

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots was happy to encourage speculation that Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku would be dropped for Saturday’s 3-0 win over Ire(...)

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