Stanislav Lobotka has been ruled out of the Slovakia side for Thursday’s Euro 2020 playoff against Ireland. Photograph:  Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

Pavel Hapal claims the decision not to allow Napoli midfielder Stanislav Lobotka return home for Thursday night’s Euro2020 playoff game against Irelan(...)

Ireland meet Slovakia in Bratislava on Thursday evening. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

When the European Championships began 60 years ago the organisers faced one early problem. Seventeen countries entered, a mathematically challenging n(...)

Harry Kane heads home Tottenham Hotspur’s second goal during the Premier League game against Newcastle United at St James’ Park. Photograph:    Stu Forster/AFP via Getty Images

Newcastle 1 Tottenham Hotspur 3 José Mourinho finally supervised his first Premier League win on Tyneside as Newcastle United’s agonisingly long wait(...)

Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring Manchester City’s fifth with David Silva. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty/AFP

Manchester City 5 Newcastle United 0 Manchester City cantered to a win that ended Newcastle United’s unbeaten four-game run since the restart of the (...)

Jonjo Shelvey equalises for Newcastle in their 2-2 draw with West Ham. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty

Newcastle United 2 West Ham United 2 As David Moyes saw his West Ham players inch a little further away from the Premier League’s cliff edge, Steve B(...)

Miguel Almiron scores Newcastle United’s third goal during the  Premier League  match against  Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Pool/AFP.

Bournemouth 1 Newcastle 4 By the end, it was bordering on unfair. This was a futile Bournemouth performance, one that screamed relegation and they ha(...)

Ahmed El Mohamady celebrates after scoring Aston Villa’s equaliser  in the Premier League game against  Newcastle United  at St James’ Park. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 1 Ahmed Elmohamady and Steve Bruce go back a long way. The Egypt right back has been signed by Newcastle’s manager at three c(...)

The  Tehelne Pole Stadium in  Bratislava, will be empty for the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2020 playoff against Slovakia. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Soccer correspondent The women’s team became the first Irish international side to be obliged by the current coronavirus crisis to play a big game beh(...)

 Shane Long scores for Southampton against Aston Villa at St Mary’s Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

VAR was key to Burnley’s comprehensive 3-0 home victory against Bournemouth in Saturday’s Premier League encounter, with the Cherries falling apart fr(...)

Nicolas Pepe celebrates scoring Arsenal’s second goal  with team-mates during the Premier League game against Arsenal at  the Emirates Stadium. Photograph:  Ian Kington/AFP via Getty Images

Arsenal 4 Newcastle United 0 As the last few seconds of this largely forgettable game played out, as Arsenal knocked the ball around with abandon and(...)

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