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# world cup qualifiers
Sweden's 15-goal hammering of Georgia means they can secure automatic qualification against Ireland
The Swedes welcome Vera Pauw’s side to Gothenburg next Tuesday.
# Round-Up
Suarez and Cavani on target to boost Uruguay World Cup hopes as Argentina defeat Colombia
Uruguay overcame Venezuela in South American World Cup qualifying while Argentina scored a 1-0 win over Colombia.
# world cup qualifiers
Scenes as Peru stun goal-shy Colombia, Venezuelan Rondon's treble sinks Bolivia
Edison Flores gave Peru a smash-and-grab victory after David Ospina’s gaffe cost the hosts.
# Lucky Boy
Brazil's Alisson sees two red cards overturned in controversial draw with Ecuador
Both teams had a player dismissed in a heated 1-1 World Cup qualifier draw.
All time
# 11/10
Ruthless Ireland round off 2021 on a high with historic 11-0 win over Georgia
Vera Pauw’s side got their World Cup qualification bid back on track in style at Tallaght Stadium.
# world cup qualifiers
Ireland awaiting further guidance but likely to make call tomorrow whether or not they leave Zimbabwe
The ICC is expected to provide an update on the remainder of its qualification tournament in the southern African nation tomorrow morning.
# world cup qualifiers
Carusa and Littlejohn return while Jarrett misses out for Ireland's double-header
Vera Pauw’s side host Slovakia and Georgia at Tallaght Stadium this month.
# Report Card
5 winners and losers of Ireland's World Cup qualifying campaign
We look back at who impressed and who fell away over the last year.
# heat is on
Victory for 10-man Finland in World Cup qualifier keeps pressure on group leaders France
Finland are now just one point behind the world champions in Group D.
# Wrap
Wales guaranteed World Cup qualifying play-off spot after Spain win
Elsewhere, already-qualified Germany thrashed 10-man Liechtenstein 9-0 in Wolfsburg.
# Elsewhere
Luxembourg win in Azerbaijan to edge race for third in Ireland's group
The result means Stephen Kenny’s side need at least a draw against Portugal tonight to avoid finishing behind Luxembourg.
# Preview
Ireland have nothing to lose as Ronaldo and Portugal arrive for a great Aviva occasion
Tonight, there will be a capacity crowd at an Irish game in Dublin for the first time in two years.
# With friends like these
Jason Knight aiming to make mark against Portugal after injury inflicted by his own manager
Knight is hoping to play against Portugal on Thursday night, having missed the game in Faro through an injury caused by Wayne Rooney.
# reflection
Zaha considering international future after asking to miss Ivory Coast qualifiers
Ivory Coast boss Patrice Beaumelle says the 28-year-old was unwilling to travel for their qualifiers.
# jab done
Callum Robinson stars in Baku to secure Kenny a first competitive win
Robinson scored twice in a 3-0 win against Azerbaijan.
# Jamie McGrath
'We were looking around and it turns out we were the culprits - we didn’t realise we were doing anything wrong'
Jamie McGrath recalls a misadventure with Dundalk in Baku, as he returns to the city with Ireland this weekend.
# unflappable
'We're not even thinking about that' - Bazunu not bothered by speculation around Kenny's future
Ireland’s teenage goalkeeper says all focus is on Saturday’s qualifier with Azerbaijan.
# girls in green
Lucy Mulhall handed Ireland debut for opening World Cup qualifier
The Ireland sevens captain will start in tomorrow evening’s game against Spain in Parma.
# Bullish
Stephen Kenny 'not concerned' with reports his job is on the line and comes out fighting ahead of Serbia game
The Irish manager was in bullish mood as the pressure intensifies.
# world cup qualifiers
Italy break world record for longest unbeaten run while Germany pick up 6-0 win
Italy played out a goalless draw with Switzerland while Germany beat Armenia 6-0.
# back of the net
England mark Wembley return from Euro final with 4-0 win over Andorra
The result ensures England preserved their perfect World Cup qualifying record.
# Preview
Kenny's Ireland must avoid the failings of Luxembourg debacle in tricky Azerbaijan tie
A first competitive win is in sight at Lansdowne Road tonight, but the manager is stressing the need for intensity.
# At last
Kenny anticipates 'really special' experience for players as they finally play in front of Aviva crowd
Almost half of the squad for tomorrow’s clash with Azerbaijan have never played front of fans at Lansdowne Road.
# Off the Mark
Germany struggle to 2-0 win over Liechtenstein as life under Flick begins
Timo Werner and Leroy Sane grabbed the winning goals in this World Cup qualifier.
# back on track
Northern Ireland breathe life into World Cup qualifying campaign with 4-1 win
Shayne Lavery and Daniel Ballard scored their first international goals in a victory over Lithuania.
# Sidelined
Mbappe to miss World Cup qualifiers after withdrawing from France squad with injury
The PSG striker suffered a calf issue in their draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday.
# Preview
Kenny's Ireland hoping to be more than bit-part players on the night Ronaldo takes centre stage
Ireland face a daunting World Cup qualifier task against Portugal in Faro tonight.
# return of the hulk
Hulk a surprise inclusion as Brazil call up 9 new players with Euro club boycott looming
Manager Tite faces the prospect of losing 15 of his original group of 25 players.
Collins earns first call-up but no place for Randolph, McCarthy or Brady in Ireland squad
Enda Stevens, Callum O’Dowda, Jason Knight and Chiedozie Ogbene have all been ruled out through injury whilst West Bromwich Albion striker Callum Robinson tested positive for COVID-19 this week, and is currently in isolation.
Apocalyptic intent and gladiatorial confrontations - snapshot of a September showdown
As Stephen Kenny prepares to name his squad on Thursday for next month’s World Cup qualifiers, the Republic of Ireland manager praises history-chaser Ronaldo for setting an example to all internationals.
# lux back
Analysis: The questions Luxembourg defeat raises over Stephen Kenny's management
Kenny stuck with a system that didn’t work in what proved to be arguably the worst home defeat in Irish football history.
# Sonni boy
Dundalk player scores for Faroes in World Cup qualifier against Austria
Sonni Nattestad gave the Faroe Islands a first-half lead against Austria.
# Reaction
Stephen Kenny 'not at all' worried about losing his job after Luxembourg humiliation
The manager also said he took responsibility for a 1-0 home defeat that his captain has called ‘embarrassing.’
# Preview
Win against Luxembourg needed to mint progress of Kenny's reign and get campaign back on track
Ireland’s World Cup hopes rely on earning a first win under their new manager in Dublin tonight.
# world cup qualifiers
German players in 'human rights' message before Iceland victory and Zlatan sets up winner on Sweden return
A 3-0 win for Germany over Iceland tonight.
# Golden Browne
Alan Browne admits he would 'rather not score and get a result' on bittersweet night
Alan Browne reflects on a night which began with his ending Ireland’s long goal drought, but ended in defeat.
# brave but beaten
Committed Ireland start World Cup campaign with defeat in Serbia
Stephen Kenny’s side fell to a 3-2 loss in Belgrade.
# Selection
Troy Parrott among the four Irish players to miss out on squad for Serbia qualifier
Stephen Kenny has named his 23-man squad for tonight’s game.
# Back in the picture
'I can’t explain how much I have missed it' - Coleman desperate to end lengthy Irish absence
The captain hasn’t played for his country since October 2019, but wants that to end in Serbia tomorrow night.
# Team news
Aaron Connolly and James McClean 'undercooked' but available in Serbia
Stephen Kenny has also confirmed that Mark Travers will start in goal tomorrow night.