Martin O’Neill saw his Ireland side qualify for the World Cup playoffs thanks to a 1-0 win over Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP

Things come full circle. After another spine-tingling football night of thrills and spills from the Ireland football team, Martin O’Neill didn’t quite(...)

 James McClean (second from right) celebrates scoring his goal with his Republic of Ireland  team-mates  during the  World Cup qualifier against Wales at Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Wales 0 Republic of Ireland 1 For countless generations the Irish have been passing through Wales en route to what they hoped would be better times i(...)

Wales’ Tom Lawrence  scores his side’s goal in the  World Cup qualifier against Georgia  at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Joe Ledley has called for clear heads as Wales seek to secure a 2018 World Cup playoff spot amid the emotion of a derby game against the Republic of I(...)

Wales’ Tom Lawrence celebrates scoring against Georgia in Tbilisi. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Georgia 0 Wales 1 It is not quite a case of all roads point to Russia for Wales, but the path to the World Cup finals tournament next summer has cert(...)

Burnley’s Jeff Hendrick scores his side’s winning goal at Goodison Park. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Everton 0 Burnley 1 Ronald Koeman said it would take four consecutive home wins for him to enter the international break with a smile. He goes into i(...)

Wales’ Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during the   World Cup qualifying against Moldova  at Stadionul Zimbru in Chisinau. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA Wire

Moldova 0 Wales 2 Wales struck twice in the final 10 minutes to record a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Moldova and boost their World Cup qualification(...)

Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata  scoring against  Everton at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: EPA/Will Oliver

Chelsea 2 Everton 0 Chelsea enter the final week of the transfer window with much to do in the market but momentum well and truly regained on the pit(...)

Everton’s Wayne Rooney leaves the field at half time during the Europa League clash against Hajduk Split. Photo: AP

Hadjuk Split 1 Everton 1 (1-3 on aggregate) Gylfi Sigurdsson marked his first Everton start with a spectacular goal to help put Ronald Koeman’s side (...)

Chelsea’s Spanish attacker Pedro scores the opening goal at Goodison Park. Photograph: Getty Images

Everton 0 Chelsea 3 Antonio Conte’s body language said it all. A pivotal victory in the Premier League title race secured, the Chelsea manager crosse(...)

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Everton beat Leicester City 4-2 at Goodison Park. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP

Everton 4 Leicester City 2 The winning streak is over for Craig Shakespeare but he will not linger on his first defeat for long. Leicester City’s int(...)

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