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Vladimir Petkovic: ‘We had difficulties with late goals, yes, I can concede that.’ Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The Swiss may well in crisis after a defeat on Saturday that once again featured the costly concession of late goals. But they were, to be fair, being(...)

Denmark coach Age Hareide: “We haven’t lost in Copenhagen for three years, and I know we are capable of beating Switzerland.” Photograph: Getty Images

Euro 2020 Group D qualifier: Denmark v Switzerland, Telia Parken Stadium, Saturday, 5pm Irish time - Live on Virgin Media Sport. In a group where avo(...)

Mick McCarthy: Why isn’t he appreciated more in Ireland? Is it the gruff Yorkshire accent and  ways– or is it the lasting  legacy of his famous Saipan rift with Roy Keane. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

It’s a hobbyhorse of mine that the sole reason Mick McCarthy hasn’t been clasped more firmly to Ireland’s sporting bosom is his accent. On Saturday t(...)

Jeff Hendrick: set to win his 50th cap for the Republic of Ireland against Switzerland at the Aviva. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Is it 15 games they say a player needs to really get to grips with the pace of international football? Mick McCarthy’s second stint of managing in it (...)

Memphis Depay of the Netherlands evades John Stones of England. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty

Uefa abandoned the third-place play-off match at the European Championships after the 1980 edition of the tournament. Why they have decided to reintro(...)

Leading the way: Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy with FAI CEO John Delaney at the draw for the European Championships at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

“Hopefully you followed all of that,” Pedro Pinto said to the viewers at home and anyone who nodded was lying. It would have been easier to comprehen(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant coach Terry Connor,  manager Mick McCarthy, FAI  CEO John Delaney and assistant coach Robbie Keane at the Euro 2020 European qualifier draw at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Ireland’s fate should ultimately come down to the team’s ability to actually beat Switzerland or Denmark but Mick McCarthy may take some comfort from (...)

Emil Forsberg of Sweden scores his team’s first goal past goalkeeper Yann Sommer of Switzerland during the World Cup  Round of 16 match  at Saint Petersburg Stadium. Photograph:  Francois Nel/Getty Images

Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Anyone wondering ahead of kick-off how these two had avoided each other in all eight of the previous tournaments that they ha(...)

England captain Harry Kane plays darts as his side prepare for their lat-16 clash with Colombia. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

THE MATCHES Last-16: Sweden v Switzerland (St Petersburg, 3.0, RTÉ2/BBC) Betting: Sweden 21-10, Switzerland 17-10, Draw 2-1 Colombia v England (Spa(...)

Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic gestures during a training session at the Saint Petersburg Stadium  on the eve of the  World Cup round of 16 match against Sweden. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

World Cup Round of 16: Sweden v Switzerland, Saint Petersburg Stadium, 3.0pm (Live RTÉ2/BBC1) While there is excitement in England over their way the(...)

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