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Everton keen to get Lukaku back

Striker Romelu Lukaku could be on his way back to Everton as he looks for a way out of Chelsea.

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Dundalk's Sean Gannon dejected after the game. Picture: INPHO/Ante Cizmic

Euro agony as Lilywhites come so close

Hajduk Split 1 Dundalk 2(3-2 to Hajduk on aggregate)
Dundalk agonisingly missed out on a place in the third qualifying round of the Europa League after going down 3-2 on aggregate to Hajduk Split, despite beating the Croatians in the Stadion Poljud last night.

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Cork City's Brian Lenihan (left) in action against Daryl Horgan of Dundalk. Picture: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Lenihan ignores transfer talk to focus on title fight

Cork City’s Brian Lenihan is refusing to let rumours of a cross-channel transfer affect his concentration.

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EARLY BOOST: Danny North beats Rosenborg goalkeeper Alexander Hansen to put Sligo ahead in last night's Europa League qualifier at the Showgrounds.Picture: James Crombie/Inpho

Sligo sunk as Jensen strikes back

Sligo Rovers 1 Rosenborg BK 3(Aggregate 3-4)
Brave Sligo Rovers’ magnificent Europa League journey is over following their defeat to an ultimately superior Rosenborg at The Showgrounds last night.

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Shakhtyor's Nikolai Yanush miskicks, under pressure from Derry's  Barry Molloy, during last night's Europa League  qualifier in Soligorsk, Belarus. Picture: Tatiana Zenkovich/Sportsfile

Derry out despite a tonic start

Shakhtyor Soligorsk 5 Derry City 1 (Shakhytor win 6-1 on aggregate)
Despite a sensational start, Derry City suffered a heavy defeat in Soligorsk last night, Belarusian side Shakhtyor putting Peter Hutton’s side to the sword in the Stroite Stadium.

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Dejected Ireland players Roma McLaughlin (left), Grace Wright, Ciara McNamara and Hayley Nolan after the game. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Dutch destroyers end dream for the History Girls

UEFA U19 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL:
Republic of Ireland 0 Netherlands 4
The final chapter for the History Girls wasn’t exactly what the Ireland U19s had in mind as they crashed out of the Uefa European Championships semi-finals last night.

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Netherlands goalkeeper Jennifer Vreugdenhil claims the ball, under pressure from Ireland's  Savannah McCarthy. Picture: Anders Hoven/Inpho

Connell proud as Ireland go down fighting

It may have been a step too far in the end, but the Republic of Ireland Women’s U19 team made a giant leap forward for youth football around the country.

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Andy Carroll

Carroll hit with injury hammer blow

West Ham’s preparations for the new Premier League season have been thrown into turmoil after striker Andy Carroll announced he is to undergo surgery on an ankle injury.

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Radovic brace ends St Pat’s Euro dream

St Patrick’s Athletic 0 Legia Warsaw 5 (Legia Warsaw win 6-1 on agg)
As he did in Warsaw last week, Miroslav Radovic broke St Patrick’s Athletic hearts to turn their Champions League dream into a nightmare at Tallaght Stadium last night.

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Savannah McCarthy: Now it's on to the next step, reaching the final.

We’re here to win title, insists Ireland defender Savannah

Having reached tonight’s UEFA U19 European Championship semi-final in Oslo, Irelanddefender Savannah McCarthy has no intention on settling for second best.

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John Coleman: Won't change side's approach.

Clean sheet will do nicely for Sligo boss Coleman

Sligo Rovers are on the brink of one of the biggest achievements in the club’s history. Last season’s FAI Cup winners lead Norwegian giants Rosenborg 2-1 ahead of tonight’s Europa League second qualifying round second leg at The Showgrounds.

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Kenny keeps faith, despite scale of task

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny is refusing to throw in the towel on his side’s Europa League challenge ahead of tonight’s second qualifying round second leg clash with Hajduk Split in Croatia.

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Hutton positive Derry can find goals they need

Derry City’s charter jet arrived in Belarus yesterday, with team boss Peter Hutton insisting that tonight’s Europa League second qualifying round tie against Shakhtyor Soligorsk was far from over (6pm Irish time).

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal. He would provide much needed tenacity in midfield.

Rebuild won’t come cheap

Having been battered from pillar to post for his failures in last summer’s transfer window, Ed Woodward’s promise of a fluid budget for the new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal represents a rigid dichotomy between the approach under David Moyes, even if such grand promises could easily become the sword Woodward falls upon.

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Seko Fofana: Made racism claims after being sent off before half-time.

Furious Rijeka label City’s racism claims as ‘unpleasantly harsh and baseless accusations’

Croatian club HNK Rijeka have strenuously denied any of their players racially abused Manchester City’s Seko Fofana in a friendly.

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Sigurdsson returns to loan club Swansea

Swansea last night confirmed the signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Tottenham and the sale of Ben Davies and Michel Vorm to the north London club for undisclosed fees.

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We just didn’t play well enough, says frustrated Buckley

Liam Buckley was gutted that St Patrick’s Athletic’s Champions League dream "passed them by" at Tallaght Stadium last night.

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Ciara McNamara, Clare Shine, Megan Connolly, Shannon Carson, Amy O'Connor and Ciara O'Connell relax near the team hotel in Lillestrøm ahead of their UEFA European Women's U19 Championship semi-final against Netherlands on Thursday.

O’Connell calling the tune for Ireland

Ireland’s defensive rock at the U19 women’s European Championship, Ciara O’Connell, hits as many right notes off the pitch as on it.

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Pat’s all out to grab big chance

Champions League, 2nd qualifying round, 2nd leg
St Patrick’s Athletic (1) v Legia Warsaw (1)
Tonight: Tallaght Stadium 7.45pm

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Woodward: United ready to spend big

Ed Woodward insists Manchester United are ready and willing to break the British transfer record if new manager Louis van Gaal decides they need to do so.

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Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane chat to host Matt Cooper during last night's broadcast of Today FM's The Last Word.

O’Neill: Germany won’t relent

Martin O’Neill has dismissed the theory, fanciful though it may have been in the first place, a sated German side, still celebrating its recent achievements, can be caught napping when the sides meet in October.

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Old Bhoy O’Neill cool on return to Paradise

Parkhead has known some great European nights, but the meeting of Scotland and the Republic of Ireland at the Glasgow ground on November 14 in Group D of the European Championships is almost guaranteed to go down alongside the most memorable.

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James Rodriguez

Rodriguez ready for Real success

James Rodriguez is determined to make history at Real Madrid rather than crumble under the pressure of becoming the fourth most expensive player of all time.

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KR Reykjavik's Baldur Sigurusson (right) tackle on Celtic's Stefan Johansen during the Second Qualifying Round, Second Leg match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.

Early goals set up a stress-free Celtic win

Champions League 2nd round qualifier 2nd leg
Celtic 4 KR Reykjavik 0

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Keane rules out England return

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane last night dismissed any prospect of a another return to the Premier League, insisting he does not miss England.

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