Éder scored Italy’s late winner against Sweden. Photograph: Epa

Italy 1 Sweden 0 In the end, there was something fitting somehow that the breakthrough came from a throw in. This was no classic clash but this tourn(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan opens the scoring in the Euro 2016 Group E match against Sweden at Stade de France in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters/Livepic

Sweden 1 Republic of Ireland 1 In a week’s time the Irish might well be looking back on this, a game they led but drew, and wondering what might have(...)

Wes Hoolahan will start for the Republic of Ireland in the Group E opener against Sweden at Stade de France. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill has urged his team to “get on the ball” against Sweden after he backed up his claim that Ireland would look to win their opening game o(...)

Sweden manager Erik Hamren: “One victory might be enough, so the winner between us and Ireland is important. It’s a key game.”  Photo: Getty Images

For four long years Erik Hamren and Sweden have been waiting for a chance to redeem themselves after a disastrous Euro 2012. Unfortunately for them, t(...)

Swedish forward John Guidetti vies with Slovenia defender Nejc Skubic during the friendly match  at Swedbank stadium in Malmo. Photograph:  Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Sweden 0 Slovenia 0 Sweden missed the influence of captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was resting a sore calf muscle, as they struggled to create chance(...)

Oscar Lewicki , seen above tackling Bernardo Silva of Portugal, was an integral part of the Swedish under-21 team that won last year’s European Championship. Photograph: Getty

Prospects Erik Hamren’s side are in much the same boat as Martin O’Neill’s although he does have the advantage of a superstar striker, something th(...)

Sunderland celebrate Jermain Defoe’s second half strike in their 3-0 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road. Photograph: PA

Norwich City 0 Sunderland 3 Sunderland grabbed a survival lifeline as goals from Fabio Borini, Jermain Defoe and Duncan Watmore secured a priceless(...)

Nathan Redmond scored Norwich City’s third goal as they picked up the first win of their return to top flight football away at Sunderland. Photograph: Getty

Sunderland 1 Norwich City 3 Norwich play-maker Wes Hoolahan turned in a master class as Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat witnessed another horror s(...)

Chelsea players paid tribute to departing striker Didier Drogba by carrying him off the pitch after 26 minutes at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga/Getty Images

Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland This arena was basking in giddy celebration long before the Premier League trophy was paraded on to the turf, with all t(...)

Manchester City’s  Vincent Kompany is a doubt for the Manchester derby on Sunday.

Saturday, April 11thBurnley (19) v Arsenal (2)Burnley’s Matt Taylor could return from a seven-and-a-half month Achilles injury lay-off but fellow midf(...)

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