Gordon Strachan leaves role as Scotland manager after failure to qualify for 2018 World Cup

Gordon Strachan leaves role as Scotland manager after failure to qualify for 2018 World Cup

By Danial Kennedy
Strachan has ended his nearly five-year association with the Scottish national team along with assistant Mark McGhee....
Ecuador 1-3 Argentina: Messi hat-trick books Albiceleste place in World Cup Finals

Ecuador 1-3 Argentina: Messi hat-trick books Albiceleste place in World Cup Finals

By Neil Leverett
Argentine wizard nets a triple to seal Jorge Sampaoli's men's passage to next summer's World Cup in Russia, as the visitors scrape through in third spot...
Tim Cahill brace puts end to Syria's World Cup dream

Tim Cahill brace puts end to Syria's World Cup dream

By Oliver Emmerson
The veteran midfielder scored two headed goals to put Australia through....
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Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland: McClean thunderbolt sends Irish into the play-offs at the expense of opponents

James McClean was the hero as his ferocious strike sent Republic of Ireland into the World Cup qualification play-offs at the expense of Wales. Passionate Wales come out on the offensive The equation was far from simple. A win for Wales would guarantee them at least a play-off place but they also held a chance of automatic qualification if Serbia slipped up against Georgia. An Ireland win would secure them second place and send Wales packing, whilst a draw would give Wales a chance of reaching the play-offs if results in other groups went their way to ensure they weren't the ninth best runners-up. In short, both teams were setting their stalls out to win. If the domestic familiarity of the two line-ups mixed with the importance of the tie whilst combining the tension still residing from that tackle on Seamus Coleman by Neil Taylor did not ensure the contest was already at boiling...
VfL Bochum sack Ismail Atalan and suspend Felix Bastians

VfL Bochum sack Ismail Atalan and suspend Felix Bastians ByJames Rees

The 37-year-old leaves the Ruhrstadion after just three months in charge, after just three wins in nine league matches....
Netherlands vs Sweden Preview: Blågult all but confirmed a play-off place with Oranje needing seven

Netherlands vs Sweden Preview: Blågult all but confirmed a play-off place with Oranje needing seven ByJack McGraghan

Netherlands face Sweden on Tuesday night with a play-off place ahead of the 2018 World Cup all but confirmed for Janne Andersson's side - provided the hosts don't win by seven goals....
Wales vs Republic Of Ireland preview: Winner takes all clash in Cardiff

Wales vs Republic Of Ireland preview: Winner takes all clash in Cardiff ByJamie Joslyn

Wales and Republic Of Ireland will clash at the Cardiff City stadium on Monday night in both team's final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in group D....
James McClean sends Ireland into play-offs and breaks Welsh hearts.

James McClean sends Ireland into play-offs and breaks Welsh hearts. ByJames Rees

On that note, I will leave it for this evening. Good night. So of the five home nations, England will be at the World Cup, whilst both the Republic and Northern Ireland will be in the play-offs. They will both be unseeded so no prospect of them meeting. Scotland and Wales will be at home next...
Lithuania 0-1 England: Kane seals uninspiring win for much changed visitors

Lithuania 0-1 England: Kane seals uninspiring win for much changed visitors

By Brandon Sayer
The only goal of a very poor game was scored by Harry Kane from the penalty spot before the half-hour mark....
Slovenia 2-2 Scotland: Bezjak cameo kills off Scotland's playoff hopes

Slovenia 2-2 Scotland: Bezjak cameo kills off Scotland's playoff hopes

By Jamie Joslyn
A 2-2 draw was not enough for eithier Slovenia or Scotland to make the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying playoffs, as the two shared the spoils on group F's matchday 10 contest in Ljubljana....
Analysis from Nigeria's 1-0 win against Zambia

Analysis from Nigeria's 1-0 win against Zambia

By Odiko Godwin
The Super Eagles book place at World Cup after Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi scores winner in Uyo....
World Cup Qualifying: Ronaldo inspires Portugal to victory as Holland stare down the barrel of elimination

World Cup Qualifying: Ronaldo inspires Portugal to victory as Holland stare down the barrel of elimination ByOliver Emmerson

Arjen Robben isn't likely to be at Russia 2018, whilst Portugal can still top their group. Belgium did the home nations a favour, too....
Slovenia vs Scotland Preview: Strachan's men storm from nowhere to give themselves play-off shot

Slovenia vs Scotland Preview: Strachan's men storm from nowhere to give themselves play-off shot ByOliver Emmerson

A win will send Scotland into a high stakes clash next month, but it's not guaranteed that they'll pick up all three points....
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