Jordan Pickford saves Josip Drmic’s penalty to see England beat Switzerland on penalties. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

Switzerland 0 England 0 (England win 6-5 on penalties) This was a game too far, long before it drifted apologetically into extra time, or culminated (...)

 Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo scored three goals on Wednesday night. Photograph: Reuters

Portugal 3 Switzerland 1 Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning hat-trick fired hosts Portugal into the Nations League final after a 3-1 win over Switzerland a(...)

Harry Kane leads England’s celebrations after their win over Sweden. Photograph: Getty Images

England are in the World Cup semi-finals and the question remains: how did they get there? Gareth Southgate’s men have undoubtedly benefited from good(...)

Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck appealing for a penalty at the Emirates Stadium, London. Photograph: PA

Danny Welbeck was widely accused of diving to win a penalty as he scored a brace in Arsenal’s Europa League win over AC Milan — but manager Arsene Wen(...)

Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck is fouled and wins a penalty during the  Europa League round of 16 second-leg match against AC Milan at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph:  Nigel French/PA Wire

Arsenal 3 AC Milan 1 (Arsenal win 5-1 on agg) Danny Welbeck thought about it. He had felt the slightest touch from the Milan left back, Ricardo Rodrí(...)

Northern Ireland’s Chris Brunt at the end of their World Cup play-off second leg match at St Jakob-Park Stadium in Basel. Photograph: Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s Aaron Hughes, Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Jamie Ward, all starters in Basel, could now contemplate international retirement, p(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill looks dejected after the match. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters

Michael O’Neill refused to discuss his future as Northern Ireland manager after his side agonisingly missed out on a place in next year’s World Cup af(...)

Northern Ireland’s Jordan Jones  and his team-mates look dejected after the  World Cup playoff second leg match against Switzerland  at St Jakob-Park in Basel. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 (Switzerland win 1-0 on agg) Michael O’Neill resembled a mourner at a funeral as he walked across a mud-splattered p(...)

Granit Xhaka and Northern Ireland’s Conor Washington during Switzerland’s 1-0 win in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Granit Xhaka has told Northern Ireland to move on from the penalty call that has left Switzerland in charge of their World Cup play-off. The Northern(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill and  Jonny Evans after the final whistle of the World Cup playoff first leg against Switzerland at Windsor Park in Belfast. Photograph:  William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye/

Michael O’Neill described the penalty that condemned Northern Ireland to defeat against Switzerland as the worst decision he has seen at international(...)

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