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The Expert: Ireland an awkward opponent for underachieving Austria

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The Expert: Ireland an awkward opponent for underachieving Austria   For Marko Arnautovic, there was no downplaying it, nor dismissing increasingly pressing questions about Austria’s poor results. He came right out and admitted it. “We are under a bit of pressure,” the Stoke City forward said, ahead of his country’s crunch qualifier wi...

Top Match Tips: The smart money on the Home Nations' qualifiers

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Top Match Tips: The smart money on the Home Nations' qualifiers   Northern Ireland vs Azerbaijan - To Win to Nil    One of the biggest surprises to come from Euro 2016 was the impressive performances of Northern Ireland’s goalkeeper Michael McGovern. In a group with Germany, Poland and Ukraine they faced an uphill task, but it was M...

Match Focus: Special Team Spirit Leads Ireland to Euro 2016

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Match Focus: Special Team Spirit Leads Ireland to Euro 2016   After a performance of complete conviction from Ireland, on a brilliant night at Lansdowne Road, a jubilant Martin O’Neill had one caveat. He had to keep reminding myself to stop using the word “special” in his celebratory press conference.That was how he described the even...

Match Focus: Improving Ireland Upset the Odds to Frustrate Faltering Germany

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Match Focus: Improving Ireland Upset the Odds to Frustrate Faltering Germany   For John O’Shea and Ireland, it was a “special night”. For Germany, it was the culmination of a frustrating opening to these qualifiers that left manager Jogi Loew talking about a “post-World Cup hole”.The sides' surprising 1-1 draw in Gelsenkirchen leaves Irela...

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