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Wednesday 7 June 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# World Cup

All time
# director
'There's no overnight fix for this. We've got to make the game attractive'
IRFU director of women’s and 7s rugby Anthony Eddy spoke to the media yesterday.
# Dropped
No place for Connolly in Ireland squad as Portugal gear up for Dublin date
Stephen Kenny can call on captain Seamus Coleman, as well as midfielders Jayson Molumby and Alan Browne, as Ronaldo prepares to come to town.
# success
'A huge moment' - Ireland secure World Cup spot after beating Wales
Anna O’Flanagan was the hero on the day.
# into the lionesses' den
Northern Ireland women ready for ‘special’ night at Wembley
Captain Marissa Callaghan will lead her side out at England’s national stadium.
# Moral Victory
'It might have been a World Cup quarter-final but we were prepared to go on strike'
This weekend 30 years ago, Ireland’s rugby players considered strike action before their World Cup quarter-final. Instead they nearly caused a sensational upset.
# Goal Hero
Lyndon Dykes rescues Scotland with late winner to put play-off spot in sight
Steve Clarke’s side won 1-0 away to the Faroe Islands and now need a win against Moldova.
# losing out
Northern Ireland suffer second-half collapse to lose in Bulgaria
Conor Washington had given the visitors a half-time lead.
# Qualifiers
Hat-trick for Ronaldo as Portugal hammer Luxembourg and Serbia defeat Azerbaijan
A 5-0 win for Portugal tonight.
# unbeaten
Messi's Argentina thrash Uruguay, Brazil lose 100% qualifying record
Lionel Scaloni’s side closed the gap on Brazil at the top of the table.
# samba boys
World Cup in 2022 'will be my last' says Neymar
‘ I don’t know if I will still have the mental strength to put up with even more football.’
# low point
IRFU must be brutally self-critical as review into World Cup failure begins
The union must work hard to harness the potential of the domestic game in order to better prepare players.
# Qualifier
A huge day for Irish women's rugby as Ireland aim for World Cup spot
Adam Griggs’ side face Scotland in Italy at 5pm.
# continuity
Ireland unchanged for pivotal World Cup Qualifier against Scotland
There is one alteration to the bench as Lucy Mulhall comes in for the injured Enya Breen.
# Midfield
Criminology student Higgins solving the challenges of playing 13
The 22-year-old impressed for Ireland against Italy last weekend.
# Irish Abroad
'It has been nice to live and breathe rugby to the extent I can'
Edel McMahon has pushed her game forward with Wasps over in England.
# Political Football
Fifa to discuss plans for biennial World Cups at associations summit next week
The world governing body is in favour of shortening the gap between its showpiece event from four to two years.
# 10
Stacey Flood settling into key out-half role with Ireland Women
The 25-year-old has shown her quality over the course of five caps so far.
# Wrap
Northern Ireland off to bright start in World Cup qualifiers, England win 8-0 but new boss expected more
Kenny Shiels side were 4-0 winners over Luxembourg.
# enough is enough
Premier League express their opposition to a World Cup every two years
Arsene Wenger, now Fifa’s head of global development, is consulting across the game about the plans and is due to address the media about it today.
# Griez lightning
Griezmann double gets France back on track while Haaland and Depay both score hat-tricks
The World Cup holders had gone five games without a win.
# top of the table
Portugal still in control of Ireland's qualifying group after win over Azerbaijan
It finished 3-0 in Baku.
Wasteful Scotland secure narrow qualifying victory against minnows Moldova
In the rest of tonight’s games, France drew 1-1 in Ukraine while Israel recorded the win of the weekend against Austria.
# Unhappy
Uefa have ‘grave concerns’ over plans to stage World Cup every two years
The Fifa Congress voted in May to conduct a feasibility study into holding the competition more regularly.
# game's gone
Wenger calls for World Cup every two years and single international window
The 71-year-old Frenchman is now director of development at Fifa.
# They think it's Moldova - it is now
Scotland need to focus on Moldova to get World Cup bid on track – Andy Robertson
Scotland host Moldova before making the trip to Austria.
# Qualifiers
10-man France held by Bosnia and Luxembourg defeat Azerbaijan in Ireland's group
It finished 1-1.
# Copenhagen
Scotland’s World Cup hopes dented as Denmark ease to win in Copenhagen
Steve Clarke’s side were two down in 15 minutes through goals from Daniel Wass and Joakim Maehle.
# back on track
USA bounce back from opening embarrassment on goal-laden day at Tokyo 2020
The Olympic women’s football tournament heated up today, as Team GB reached the quarter-finals.
# Announcement
Japanese football star comes out as transgender man
Kumi Yokoyama is one of the few athletes to do so in a country where LGBTQ rights lag behind other developed nations.
# Motivation
'I do everything I can to provide for my family and put them first' - Aki
The Connacht and Ireland centre is hoping to make an impression this Saturday against Japan.
# all to play for
Ireland 'have a very good chance to do something special' in World Cup qualifying - Pauw
The manager is largely optimistic after the Girls In Green learned their fate today.
# Goal Crazy
7 goals for Netherlands, 8 for Belgium and 14 for Japan in big World Cup qualifier wins
There was some one-sided victories in tonight’s qualifiers.
# World Cup
Luxembourg take shock lead but Portugal recover to win World Cup qualifier
Gerson Rodrigues had put Luxembourg in front.
# Mitros On Fire
Mitrovic the hero again with two goals as Serbia grab late win over Azerbaijan
Serbia are top of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier group.
# exit door
3 Wales players sent home 'for breaching protocol' ahead of World Cup qualifier
Hal Robson-Kanu, Rabbi Matondo and Tyler Roberts have been released from the Welsh camp.
# Video Games
Pandemic blamed for lack of VAR in World Cup qualifiers after Ronaldo fury
Ronaldo thought he had scored a stoppage-time winner for Portugal in Belgrade.
# honours even
Ryan Fraser’s second-half strike earns a point for Scotland in Israel
Fraser struck 11 minutes into the second half to earn Scotland a 1-1 draw in front of around 5,000 fans at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv.
# back of the net
Kane ends England goal drought to sink Albania
Harry Kane and Mason Mount netted in England’s 2-0 win in Tirana.
# Much success
France beat Kazakhstan - Spain do an Aiden McGeady in Georgia
There was also a thumping 8-0 win for Denmark against Moldova.
# no var
Portugal coach says 'not possible' Ronaldo goal ruled out
“We scored a goal that was not given when the ball went in,” Santos said.