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Spain manager Luis Enrique: “This is bad enough that it has to be put in the hands of the police.” Photograph: UEFA/AFP

Spain coach Luis Enrique has encouraged the police to take action against fans who have abused the striker Álvaro Morata and his family. Morata, who (...)

 Cesar Azpilicueta: “Every tackle, every pass, every chance needs to be treated like all or nothing. I think we will do it.”  Photograph: Fernando Alvarado/EPA

Group E: Slovakia v Spain Kick-off: 5pm, Wednesday. Venue: Estadio de La Cartuja, Seville. On TV: Live on RTÉ2. Cesar Azpilicueta has urge(...)

Pau Torres has the potential to be a key player at the heart of the Spanish defence. File photograph: Jose Breton/Getty Images

Spain Odds: 9-1 Previous best: Winners 2008 and 2012 Prospects: On paper this is arguably the weakest Spain side in a generation, with no Real Madrid(...)

The Aviva Stadium could host the 2024 Europa League final. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Smarting from losing their Euro 2020 games in June, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) have instead turned their attention towards bidding to s(...)

Preston midfielder Alan Browne is hoping his experience and goal threat will help the Ireland squad in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers. File photograph: PA

His performance in Slovakia may not have marked Alan Browne out as the most likely solution to Ireland’s goalscoring problem but the Preston midfielde(...)

 Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough: ‘To get to the Euros would be an unbelievable achievement for the group of players who started this two years ago.’ Photograph: Fredrikh Hagen/PA Wire

Euro 2020 playoff final: Northern Ireland v Slovakia Kick-off: 7.45pm, Thursday. Venue: Windsor Park. On TV: Live on Sky Sports Premier League. Ian (...)

 Paddy McNair during a  training session at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park ahead of Thursday’s UEFA Euro 2020 play-off final against Slovakia. Photograph:  William Cherry/Presseye

Paddy McNair believes Northern Ireland will benefit from ever-increasing big-game experience within the squad when they take on Slovakia in Thursday’s(...)

 Stephen Kenny’s Ireland team will look to recover from Thursday’s playoff defeat with a positive result against Wales. Photograph: PA

The visit of Wales this weekend will give Stephen Kenny and his players an early opportunity to put the disappointment of Thursday night’s penalty def(...)

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(...)

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