Northern Ireland saying ‘goodbye Russia’?

Tweet Northern Ireland 0 Switzerland 1 A surprising defeat left Northern Ireland with a Swiss mountain to climb in the second leg of the World Cup play-offs following a controversial penalty. Switzerland dominated the ball early on but were nearly caught out on a counter-attack that was stopped by a crunching tackle from Fabian Schar on Stuart Dallas. Schar was lucky to see only a yellow card after his intervention. The first chance of the game came from a looping Xherdan Shaqiri cross that found Haris Serefovic but his effort…

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African football’s Road to Russia

Tweet The final group games will be played over the next week to determine who will qualify for the World Cup next summer and who will miss out.   In Group A Tunisia, on the brink of qualifying, are three points clear of Congo DR, with 13. They hosts Libya, who are bottom of the group and have only one win, at home against Guinea. A draw for Tunisia will see them through to the World Cup, for the first time since Germany 2006.  Congo DR faces Guinea, who also have only…

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Marseille steamroll Caen 5-0

Tweet A clinical Marseille put five past Caen as Rudi Garcia’s men continue their hunt for a Champions League spot. Marseille started off the game on the front foot and early chances forced Remy Vercoutre to make some impressive saves, including a flexible stop clearing the ball off the line from a corner. However, Caen could not hold out till half-time as a scramble in their penalty area found its way to Luiz Gustavo who slotted home and gave Marseille the lead going into the half. Patrice Garande’s men fell…

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