Antoine Griezmann scores  Atletico Madrid’s second goal  during the Uefa Champions League round of 16 first-leg match against  Bayer Leverkusen at BayArena. Photograph: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayer Leverkusen 2 Atletico Madrid 4 Atletico Madrid beat hosts Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in a topsy-turvy encounter at the BayArena on Tuesday to take a (...)

Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone at BayArena in Leverkusen. Photograph: Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayer Leverkusen will hope to put their erratic Bundesliga form behind them and adopt their most determined European game face when they host Atlético(...)

 Bastian Schweinsteiger has been included in Germany’s provisional squad for Euro 2016 despite a lengthy absence with a knee injury. Photograph: Getty

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been included in Germany’s provisional 27-man squad for Euro 2016 despite having not played for Manchester United since Mar(...)

Martin O’Neill masterminded one of the most famous wins in Irish sporting history against Germany on Thursday night - but now attention turns to Poland. Photograph: Inpho

Thursday night belonged to the O’Neill men. In Dublin, the team managed by Martin revived, suddenly and without warning, the belief that Irish footbal(...)

FC Astana’s players celebrate after advancing to the UEFA Champions League group stage after the Qualifying Round Play Off Second Leg match between APOEL Nicosia and FC Astana at GSP stadium  in Nicosia, Cyprus. Photo: Getty Images

A late Nemanja Maksimovic equaliser was enough to see FC Astana into the Champions League group stages - becoming the first ever team from Kazakhstan (...)

German  coach Joachim Löw during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Ireland in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Ina Fassbender / Reuters
German player ratings

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) 6/10 Until the last kick, only had one moment where his heart rate would have crept up at all – stretching time to(...)

 Christoph Kramer (front) of Germany during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match against Poland. He misses the game against the Republic of Ireland with a stomach bug.   Bartlomiej Zborowski/EPA

Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer is out of tomorrow night’s European Championship qualifier against Ireland with the 23 year-old s(...)

Germany coach Joachim Low: says he is expecting a very intense game against Martin O’Neill’s Irish side in Gelsenkirchen. Photo:  Greg Fiume/Getty Images

World champions Germany will be without new captain Bastian Schweinsteiger as well as key midfielders Sami Khedira and Marco Reus for their upcoming(...)

Germany have handed a first call-up to Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi (right) for the friendly against Poland and the Euro 2016 qualifier at home to the Republic of Ireland. Photograph:  Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi capped a superb start to the Bundesliga season with a Germany call-up on Thursday for this month’s European(...)