Aiden O’Brien  heads home to give the Republic of Ireland the lead in the friendly international against Poland   at the Stadion Miejski in Wroclaw. Photograph:   Steven Paston/PA Wire.

Poland 1 Republic of Ireland 1 More than once down the years, Ireland teams have come to Poland to lick their wounds immediately after the conclusion(...)

Polish head coach Jerzy Brzeczek  talks to his players at a  training session in Wroclaw, Poland before the international friendly against the Republic of Ireland.  Photograph: Jan Karwowski/EPA

If Martin O’Neill feels slightly aggrieved, and it is seems pretty safe to say he does right now, over the speed at which people have started to specu(...)

Luis Suarez during a training session on the eve of Uruguay’s quarter-final against France at  the  Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.  Photograph: Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty

World Cup quarter-final: Uruguay v France, 3.0 (Nizhny Novgorod, RTÉ2/ITV) A deliberate handball on the line to stop Ghana going through to the Worl(...)

Poland’s  Jan Bednarek  fires homes past Japan goalkeeper  Eiji Kawashima  during the  World Cup  Group H match  at Volgograd Arena. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Japan 0 Poland 1 On a swelteringly hot evening full of twists and turns, Japan somehow scrambled into the knockout stage of the World Cup finals cour(...)

 Radamel Falcao of Colombia celebrates with teammate James Rodriguez after scoring at Kazan Arena. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez was the Colombian to make an enduring impression the last World Cup, Juan Quintero suggested he might yet etch hi(...)

Harry Kane in action with teammates during an England training session ahead of their World Cup Group G clash with Panama. Photo: Alex Morton/Getty Images

THE MATCHES GROUP G England v Panama (Nizhny Novgorod, 1.0pm, RTÉ2/BBC1). Betting: England 1-5, Panama 18-1, Draw 5-1. GROUP H Japan v Senegal (Ek(...)

Colombia’s James Rodriguez is expected to start at the Kazan Arena. Photograph: Getty Images

Quarter-finalists four years ago when James Rodriguez scored six times and won the Golden Boot, Colombia and their 26 year-old star would most likely (...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo  and Patrice Evra  hug prior to the Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France at the Stade de France. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

When it comes to telling anecdotes about Cristiano Ronaldo, Patrice Evra is the undisputed king. First, on an ITV podcast, there was the one about Ron(...)

A postage stamp with the image of Poland captain Robert Lewandowski. Photograph: Leszek Szymanski/EPA

The Matches Group H Colombia v Japan (Saransk, 1pm) Betting: Colombia 4/6, Japan 9/4, Draw 3/1 Group H Poland v Senegal (Spartak Stadium, 4pm)&(...)

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema  celebrates  his goal with  Lucas Vazquez , Luka Modric and  Mateo Kovacic during the Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Photograph: Oscar Del Pozo/AFP/Getty Images

Real Madrid 2 Bayern Munich 2 (Real win 4-3 on agg) Real Madrid always find a way, they say, and somehow they did – all the way to a third consecuti(...)

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