Ian  Baraclough: ‘“Whether he thinks it is time-wasting or not, you normally go up to a player and tell him to hurry up or you’ll do something about it. But he didn’t get any warning at all.’   Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

An angry Ian Baraclough was left “annoyed and appalled” by a controversial red card for Jamal Lewis which he felt proved decisive as Switzerland’s 2-0(...)

 Ian Baraclough: ‘At this moment it’s in our hands still. If we can beat Switzerland it puts us in a good position to grab second place and that’s what we’re aiming for.” Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

Ian Baraclough insisted he was happy to embrace the challenge of guiding Northern Ireland into Saturday’s crunch World Cup qualifier against Switzerla(...)

 Ian Baraclough:  ‘If we can take three points from this game, the Swiss have to play Italy [on Sunday] so by the time we play the Swiss we could be two points behind.’  Photograph:  William Cherry/Presseye

Ian Baraclough has urged Northern Ireland’s youngsters to seize their chance after Stuart Dallas was added to an already lengthy list of absentees for(...)

Steven Davis: will make his record-breaking 126th appearance for Northern Ireland when they take on Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Steven Davis wants only one thing from his record-breaking 126th appearance for Northern Ireland – a victory over Bulgaria. The 36-year-old midfield(...)

Northern Ireland defend Jamal Lewis in action for his club Newcastle United: he is a doubt for his country’s World Cup qualifier against Italy. Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough will make a late decision on whether to risk Jamal Lewis in Thursday’s opening World Cup qualifier against Ita(...)

Stephen Kenny: his Republic of Ireland side looked the better team for long periods but over 120 minutes they could not find the net. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Thirty years after the penalty shootout that transformed the country into a state of delirium, the Republic of Ireland soccer team endured a ghost ver(...)

Stephen Kenny: “The determination to try to get to the final, that was very evident, it’s a cruel way to lose on penalty kicks.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Nations League: Ireland v Wales Kick-off: 2pm, Sunday. Venue: Aviva Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 1.30pm. On TV: Liv(...)

Steven Davis during a Northern Ireland training session at Windsor Park on Tuesday ahead of the Euro 2020 playoff against Bosnia and  and Herzegovina on Thursday night. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

Euro 2020 playoff semi-final: Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland, Stadion Grbavica, Sarajevo, 7.45pm – Virgin Media Sport and Sky Sports Premie(...)

 Marc Andre Ter Stegen of FC Barcelona: has saved Barça time and again over the last two campaigns, particularly away from the Camp Nou.  Photograph:  Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

“Germany is fortunate to have this pair of goalkeepers, although Neuer is truly world-class and Ter Stegen is still on his way to that level.” The (...)

Michael O’Neill: had written himself into cross-community folklore through the power of football – Northern Ireland qualified for their first major finals in three decades in 2016. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

One of Michael O’Neill’s final acts as Northern Ireland manager emphasises why the lure of club football was always going to prove too strong eventual(...)

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