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Republic of Ireland’s Stephen Ward during a training session at the Stade de Bordeaux on Friday. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has made just one change to the side that drew with Sweden for this afternoon’s match against Belgium with (...)

Republic of Ireland’s  coach Martin O’Neill: “We have to be mentally tuned in. There are other sides at this tournament who possibly have a lot of talent at their disposal and can maybe afford to be not quite so tuned in; we can’t.” Photo: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Belgium v Republic of Ireland Bordeaux, 2pm It is easy to forget after a week around the Ireland set-up that the players ultimately let go of a lea(...)

 Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid  shoots past goalkeeper Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer  to score during the Champions League semi-final second leg match  at Allianz Arena. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayern Munich 2 Atletico Madrid 1 (2-2 on agg; Atletico go through on away goal) Diego Simeone has won everything at Atlético Madrid during four-and-(...)

Gareth Bale only flickered sporadically during Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City. Photograph: Epa

In the end Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t make it out on to the pitch at the Etihad. He wasn’t the only one. Midway through the second half on a still, clea(...)

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty shoots to score their late equaliser past Hungary’s goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly during the Euro 2016 qualifying Group F matchat Windsor Park in Belfast. Photograph: Michael Cooper/AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland 1 Hungary 1 They may well have heard the noise on the Cave Hill. You can see it now that the Kop at Windsor Park is no more. But its (...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez  scores  to put his side 2-1 up against Juventus in the Champions League final  at Olympiastadion in Berlin. Photo: Marcus Brandt/EPA

Barcelona 3 Juventus 1 Luis Suarez made it a perfect ending to Barcelona’s astonishing season with the Champions League final winner against Ju(...)

England’s Danny Welbeck scores his first goal against Switzerland. Photograph: EPA

Switzerland 0 England 2 The only disappointment for Roy Hodgson, perhaps, is that England could not conjure up this kind of football more often(...)

Mexico’s goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa dives to stop a shot during their  World Cup Group A  match against Brazil at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza. Photograph:  Francois Xavier Marit/Reuters

Brazil 0 Mexico 0There has been plenty of talk of footballing ghosts here for Brazil and the scariest one for them is generally considered to be Urugu(...)

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