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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola celebrates after Raheem Sterling scored the winner late on in their victory over Southampton. Photo: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Manchester City 2 Southampton 1 It was an extraordinary finale and there might not have been a better goal celebration here since the day Sergio Agüe(...)

David Unsworth saw his Everton side concede four at St Mary’s. Photograph: Glym Kirk/AFP

Southampton 4 Everton 1 Everton crumbled to pieces for the second time in four days as their disastrous season continued with a chastening defeat at (...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill during the second leg against Denmark. Photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

As the Republic of Ireland’s gruelling campaign to qualify for next summer’s World Cup came to an ignominious close on Tuesday night, it was clear tha(...)

Martin O’Neill has suggested Ireland will need two goals in order to qualify for the World Cup. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA

Denmark seem to have encountered Ireland’s first line of defence out at the airport on Sunday, where officials from the visiting federation were appar(...)

Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph with kit man Dick Redmond after Saturday’s World Cup first-leg play-off against Denmark at Parken stadium in Copenhagen. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

An hour or so after the end of Ireland’s game at Parken stadium, and Darren Randolph is digging deep, trying to remember for a huddle of reporters anx(...)

Denmark manager Age Hareide and Danish forward Nicklas Bendtner shake hands with  referee Milorad Mazic at the Parken stadium on Saturday.  Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

If Ireland do come out on the right end of Tuesday night’s turbo-spin, they might think kindly of Milorad Mazic. There were two occasions during the r(...)

Nicklas Bendtner of Denmark in action against Republic of Ireland at Telia Parken in Copenhagen. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Nicklas Bendtner has warned the Republic of Ireland that Denmark will be ready to go all the way to the wire to keep their World Cup dreams alive. Th(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill  with assistant Roy Keane during the  World Cup qualifying playoff first leg match at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Who knows how much these nights take out of Martin O’Neill. Just before 11pm, the Irish manager comes into a bright little box room in the basement of(...)

 Darren Randolph of the Republic of Ireland makes a save against Denmark.  Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Denmark 0 Republic of Ireland 0 Martin O’Neill’s players may not have delivered on his stated ambition for them in this game by grabbing an away goal(...)

Southampton’s Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game from the penalty spot during the Premier League match at St Mary’s, Southampton. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

As Mauricio Pellegrino allowed himself a sigh of relief at the full-time whistle, his embrace with his former mentor Rafael Benítez said it all. A har(...)

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