Gerson Rodrigues heads home the pening goal for  Luxembourg in the World Cup qualifier against Portugal. Photograph: Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images

Portugal had to come from behind on Tuesday night to beat Luxembourg 2-1 and join Serbia on seven points at the top of the Republic of Ireland’s World(...)

 Ciarán Kilduff scores  for Dundalk  in the  Uefa Europa League match against Maccabi Tel Aviv at  Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dundalk 1 Maccabi Tel Aviv 0 It is not a phenomenon that Irish club football has had to deal with much down the years but Dundalk are proving that ev(...)

 Daryl Murphy  scores the Republic of Ireland’s second goal. Photo: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Serbia 2 Republic of Ireland 2 The performance might be one that the fans will want to forget but the point that Ireland took at the Red Star stadium(...)

Willian scores Chelsea’s  second goal from a free-kick in the Champions League Group G game against  Maccabi Tel Aviv at the Sammy Ofer Stadium, in Haifa, Israel. Photograph:  John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Maccabi Tel Aviv 0 Chelsea 3 A second successive win in a campaign littered with unexpected setbacks would normally leave a team buoyed and enthused, (...)

Diego Costa fires home Chelsea’s third goal in the Champions League Group G clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Chelsea 4 Maccabi Tel Aviv 0 European competition has finally provided Chelsea with some respite. For the first time this season, the odd sprightly pe(...)