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Deschamps defends Pogba as fans whistle star during impressive win over Italy
The Manchester United man was out-shone by Les Bleus’ brilliant front three of Mbappe, Griezmann and Dembele.
More bad news for Bayern and a World Cup concern for Germany over key defender
Boateng suffered a thigh injury in last night’s game against Real Madrid.
Neymar leaves hospital by helicopter to begin rehab at luxury villa near Rio de Janeiro
His recovery “headquarters” includes a machine capable of producing 300kg of ice a day.
Here's the full draw for next summer's Fifa World Cup in Russia
Vladimir Putin addressed the audience before Gary Lineker hosted the draw in Moscow.
No warm balls - Fifa reassure fans that World Cup draw is entirely random
Football’s governing body has responded to claims that some of the balls are heated or cooled to ensure teams are kept apart in the group stage.
Randolph defiant after World Cup failure: 'People have very short memories!'
The Ireland goalkeeper insists the Boys in Green will bounce back from Tuesday night’s disappointment.
The 31 teams that have qualified for the 2018 World Cup so far
The final spot will be decided in the early hours of Thursday morning, as New Zealand take travel to face Peru.
Aston Villa midfielder the hat-trick hero as Australia book their place at the World Cup
The Socceroos overcame Honduras.
Schmeichel praises Irish fans: 'It's a shame they won't be at the World Cup'
The Denmark goalkeeper is heading to his first major tournament after tonight’s 5-1 win in Dublin.
Ireland relinquish early lead as World Cup dreams are dashed in Dublin
Martin O’Neill’s side won’t be at next summer’s tournament in Russia after falling short against Denmark.
Meyler drafted back into the Ireland team for showdown with Denmark
A place at next summer’s World Cup in Russia is at stake tonight at the Aviva Stadium.
Poll: One last hurdle - how do you think tonight's World Cup play-off will go?
Ireland’s campaign started over 14 months ago and draws to a close tonight.
World Cup without four-time champions Italy would be a 'disaster' - Löw
It’s all or nothing, as Italy find themselves trailing to Sweden ahead of tonight’s crucial second leg.
Poll: after last night's result, do you think Ireland will get to the World Cup ?
It’s all to play for.
'We might have to score two... we'll have to show a bit more creativity'
Ireland manager Martin O’Neill feels his side can improve on last night’s display in Copenhagen.
Denmark boss irked by question about the poor quality of tonight's game
“If we play like this in Dublin we’ll win. You can say what you want about football.”
Randolph to the rescue and more talking points from Denmark
It’s all to play for as Ireland head back to Dublin for a crunch showdown with Denmark on Tuesday.
Here's how we rated the Irish performances tonight in Copenhagen
Denmark and Ireland played out a goalless draw in the first leg of their 2018 World Cup play-off.
'When something's taken away from you like that... emotions are so raw at that time'
John O’Shea recalls his memories of playing in international play-offs and what it would mean to play in another World Cup.
Murphy or Long, Christian belief and more Copenhagen talking points
Denmark stand between Ireland and a place at the World Cup for the first time since 2002.
Toothless Peru held in New Zealand as tense draw leaves World Cup berth in the balance
The game finished 0-0 in Wellington.
'People will be cursing our luck that Glenn Whelan is coming in but he's done a job for us before'
We looked ahead to the big game in the latest episode of Close Calls.
Bendtner was unplayable when he set his mind to it while working under O'Neill
The enigmatic striker spent a season on loan at Sunderland when the Ireland boss was in charge.
Eriksen reckons paying him too much attention could backfire on Ireland
The Tottenham Hotspur playmaker has been Denmark’s key player in this qualification campaign.
Kasper Schmeichel expects to see 'the Roy Keane on-pitch persona' in the Ireland team
Schmeichel’s father and Keane had a fractious relationship at Manchester United.
Croatia close in on ticket to Russia 2018 as they fire four and ease past Greece
The game finished 4-1 in Zagreb.
Northern Ireland's World Cup hopes dealt blow as controversial penalty gives Switzerland the edge
Ricardo Rodríguez converted from the spot with just over half an hour to go.
No Walters as Ireland squad to face Denmark in World Cup play-off announced
The Boys in Green meet the Danes over two legs in November.
'At the moment, if Martin fell in muck he’d still smell of Old Spice. I think we’re going to qualify'
Ex-Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews believes Ireland will come through next month’s World Cup play-off with Denmark.
Brighton boss Chris Hughton delivers potentially great news for Ireland
The ex-Ireland full-back is hopeful Shane Duffy is available for this weekend’s Premier League meeting with West Ham.
Ireland drawn with Denmark for 2018 World Cup play-off
The draw was held at Fifa headquarters in Zurich this afternoon.
Here's everything you need to know about tomorrow's World Cup play-off draw
Ireland find out which one of the four seeded teams they will face for a place at next year’s finals in Russia.
FAI announce ticket details for Ireland's 2018 World Cup play-off
Martin O’Neill’s side will bid for a place at the tournament in Russia with a two-legged tie next month.
'We're hopeful it will settle down quickly. It already is' - Positive update on Walters injury
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has been discussing the Ireland forward’s fitness issues.
'The adrenaline is still pumping through my body just thinking about it'
Sean Maguire has returned to Preston North End on a high after making his senior debut for Ireland.
'It's football and we play to win' - Peru player denies making World Cup pact with Colombia
With the scores at 1-1, Colombia were set to qualify automatically while Peru were heading for a play-off against New Zealand.
The 23 teams that have so far qualified for the 2018 World Cup and who can still get there
There are still nine berths up for grabs before the group draw in December.
Poll: Which of the 4 teams would you like to see Ireland face in the play-offs?
Croatia, Denmark, Italy or Switzerland will stand between Ireland and the 2018 World Cup.
Ireland won't be playing Ronaldo and Portugal in the play-offs after tonight's result in Lisbon
Switzerland’s 100% record came to an end against the Euro 2016 champions.
37-year-old Tim Cahill the Australia hero as they end Syria's World Cup dream
Some man to head home a goal.