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Serge Gnabry hat-trick helps Germany thrash Northern Ireland 6-1

Serge Gnabry’s hat-trick condemned Northern Ireland to a heavy defeat in their final fixture of Euro 2020 qualifying as outgoing manager Michael O’Neill suffered the second heaviest defeat of his eight-year reign.Michael Smith’s first international goa…

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Northern Ireland in Euro 2020 play-offs after draw with Netherlands

Events elsewhere on Friday meant Northern Ireland had the comfort of a play-off position for Euro 2020 before this joust with the Netherlands got under way. Still, there was the motivation of affording Michael O’Neill a performance for the ages in what…

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Northern Ireland v Netherlands: Euro 2020 qualifier – live!

Live updates from the 7.45pm GMT kick-offCyprus 1-2 Scotland | Azerbaijan 0-2 WalesAnd email Will here and tweet @Will_Unwin 7.20pm GMT Michael O’Neill will have a new Championship rival after Neil Harris was appointed Cardiff boss today. Related: Card…

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Michael O’Neill not distracted by Stoke role before final Euro 2020 qualifiers

• ‘I’m still very much an international manager,’ says O’Neill• Northern Ireland face Netherlands and Germany this weekThis is apparently no time for tearful farewells. Michael O’Neill’s appointment as the Stoke manager has not meant an immediate depar…

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Euro 2020 qualifiers and international football: 10 things to look out for

Aaron Ramsey returns to Wales after a year out, Naby Keïta must step up for Guinea and Iceland will face a frosty reception The build-up to Wales’s remaining qualifiers has been dominated by the dismay that Gareth Bale’s call-up has caused at Real Madr…

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Euro 2020 qualifiers and international football: 10 things to look out for

Aaron Ramsey returns to Wales after a year out, Naby Keïta must step up for Guinea and Iceland will face a frosty reception The build-up to Wales’s remaining qualifiers has been dominated by the dismay that Gareth Bale’s call-up has caused at Real Madr…

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What Stoke can expect after prising Michael O’Neill from Northern Ireland | Ewan Murray

Stoke’s attraction to O’Neill is obvious – he maximises resources by creating an environment players relishOne of Michael O’Neill’s final acts as the Northern Ireland manager emphasises why the lure of club football was always going to prove too strong…

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Stoke hope to land Northern Ireland’s Michael O’Neill as manager with big offer

• Stoke understood to be willing to pay wage of up to £1.5m a year • Championship club approach to Irish FA for talks with O’NeillStoke are preparing a bumper financial package in an effort to tempt Michael O’Neill to leave his job with Northern Irelan…

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McNair double sets up first Northern Ireland away friendly win since 2006

Northern Ireland achieved what England could not as they beat the Czech Republic in Prague but had to cling on as the home side threatened to come back from three goals down.A first friendly victory away from home in 13 years was a dramatic one as Padd…

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Northern Ireland hopes slip after Memphis Depay double for Netherlands

Northern Ireland endured heartbreak in Rotterdam as the Netherlands scored twice in stoppage time to snatch a 3-1 victory which leaves Euro 2020 qualification hopes hanging by a thread for Michael O’Neill’s side.Josh Magennis’s header had Northern Irel…

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Northern Ireland hopes slip after Memphis Depay double for Netherlands

Northern Ireland endured heartbreak in Rotterdam as the Netherlands scored twice in stoppage time to snatch a 3-1 victory which leaves Euro 2020 qualification hopes hanging by a thread for Michael O’Neill’s side.Josh Magennis’s header had Northern Irel…

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Netherlands v Northern Ireland, Russia v Scotland, Slovakia v Wales – live!

Euro 2020 qualifying updates – get all the latest scoresNext Generation 2019: 60 of the world’s best young talentsAnd feel free to email rob.smyth@theguardian.com 7.11pm BST “Greetings from Trvana, Rob,” says Alun Pugh. “As a Newcastle fan I was disapp…

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Netherlands v Northern Ireland, Russia v Scotland, Slovakia v Wales – live!

Euro 2020 qualifying updates – get all the latest scoresNext Generation 2019: 60 of the world’s best young talentsAnd feel free to email rob.smyth@theguardian.com 7.11pm BST “Greetings from Trvana, Rob,” says Alun Pugh. “As a Newcastle fan I was disapp…

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Northern Ireland battle but Germany’s Halstenberg and Gnabry strike

Out of the jaws of a major predicament and national questioning, Germany appear to be back in business. Joachim Löw’s side recovered from the shock defeat on Friday by the Netherlands in Hamburg to carve out a slender victory against a luckless Norther…

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Euro 2020 qualifying: Northern Ireland v Germany, Scotland v Belgium and more – live!

Updates from all the action in the Euro 2020 qualifying matchesScotland left reliant on play-offs, Wales keep Euro dreams aliveEmail ben.fisher@theguardian.com or tweet @benfisherj 7.41pm BST The teams trudge out of the tunnel at Hampden Park, and lik…

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Euro 2020 qualifying roundup: Spain cling on, Italy rally and Pukki scores

• Kepa Arrizabalaga shines in Spain’s 2-1 win over Romania• Italy come back from goal down to beat Armenia 3-1Spain began life without Luis Enrique by clinging on for a tense 2-1 victory over Romania to maintain their perfect record in Euro 2020 qualif…

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When the Troubles intruded on the quiet world of golf in Northern Ireland | Andy Bull

Royal Portrush is a quiet haven nowadays but the Open venue brings back memories of bombingsA quarter before midday on Thursday 5 August 1976, two men walked into the pro shop at Balmoral golf club in south Belfast, one carrying a package in a plastic …

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R&A chief executive refuses to condone or condemn Portrush march

• Martin Slumbers: ‘Our job is to respect fact that we are guests’• Tourist firm owner says march an ‘unnecessary provocation’The R&A has refused to condemn a “celebration of marching bands” which is staging a three-hour show in Portrush on Saturda…

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The Belfast boxing coach who brought a broken city together with a gym

Gerry Storey, a Catholic who has cut across Belfast’s divide, found admirers even among Loyalist paramilitaries. In an abridged extract from a new book, Donald McRae tells his storyWhen I walked past the mural honouring Lyra McKee in Belfast, having ju…

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Euro 2020 qualifying: Belgium’s Lukaku and De Bruyne see off Scotland

• Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne earn Group I win for Belgium• Germany beat Estonia 8-0 but Northern Ireland top Group CA goal in each half from Romelu Lukaku and an unerring late drive from Kevin De Bruyne consigned Scotland to a 3-0 Euro 2020 qualiifying…