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Cork City v Dundalk: No place to hide in title showdown

Lights, camera, action — the stage is set for a blockbuster finale to the SSE Airtricity League season at Oriel Park.

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City bank on Buckley’s northside grit

When attempting to outline differences between people who reside on the southern side of the River Lee and those who live on its northern slopes, one would always be best advised to tread carefully.

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Healy primed to pitch in for City

Colin Healy is prepared to put his aversion to Dundalk’s artificial pitch aside tonight for the sake of hunting his first league winners’ medal at the age of 34.

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Dundalk determined to put Cherrie on top

Peter Cherrie hopes to emulate fellow Scot Tom McNulty and help Dundalk secure a league title.

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Misfit Mario ‘doing his best’

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits Mario Balotelli has plenty of work to do to prove he is good enough to be at the club, with the Italian star’s future at the club again plunged into doubt.

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Lamela lights up Lane while hat-trick hero Kane ends in goal

Erik Lamela scored one of the finest goals ever seen at White Hart Lane on a night in which Tottenham’s hat-trick hero Harry Kane ended the thrashing of Asteras Tripolis in goal.

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Whelan and Hoolahan likely to miss qualifier in Scotland

No sooner had he experienced the relief of seeing Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy back in action for Everton, than Martin O’Neill has suffered the double whammy of learning that Glenn Whelan and Wes Hoolahan look set to miss next month’s Euro qualifier away to Scotland.

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Sporting complain over Schalke loss

Sporting Lisbon have lodged a complaint with Uefa following their 4-3 loss to Schalke in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

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Students and Athlone battle for survival

It won’t be just at the top of the table that there will be last night nerves tonight.

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1991 defeat not playing on Caulfield’s mind

Despite being little over 30 years old, tonight’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division decider against Dundalk will be the fourth time that Cork City have taken part in a final-day battle for a title.

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REBEL YELL: Danny Murphy and John O'Flynn celebrate victory over NEC Nijmegen in the Intertoto Cup  at Turner's Cross in July 2004. Picture: David Maher/Sportsfile

Cork City working on a dream

In an edited extract from his new book about the club, the Cork City stalwart Neal Horgan recalls the thrills and spills of European football which helped shape the celebrated title-winning team of 2005.

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Wenger’s perfect birthday present

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Substitute Lukas Podolski netted a dramatic late winner as Arsenal came from behind with two goals in the final two minutes to beat Anderlecht 2-1 and hand manager Arsene Wenger a 65th birthday to remember at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium last night.

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Keane wants feelgood factor back for Ireland

Roy Keane is relishing a return to Celtic Park next month for a Euro qualifier against Scotland which he reckons will be an uncompromising, no-holds-barred battle.

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Lilywhites looking for a fairytale finish

Had you predicted a few years back that the 2014 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title race would be a straight shootout between Dundalk and Cork City, you’d have to forgive people for giving you a few strange looks.

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Lille attempt to take focus off Origi

Lille boss Rene Girard has attempted to ease the pressure on Liverpool’s Divock Origi ahead of tonight’s Europa League Group H clash with Everton (6pm, live on Setanta Ireland).

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Spurs having a ‘tough period’

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino accepts Tottenham are going through a "tough period", but believes something special is in the offing — with silverware not too far away.

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Celtic putting the emphasis on attack

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has urged his players to take their league form into the European scene tonight against Astra Giurgiu (8.05pm, live on 3e).

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Atletico turn on style to crush Malmo

Atletico Madrid produced a storming second half to hammer Malmo 5-0 at the Vicente Calderon in Group A last night.

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Pope Francis welcomes Bayern to Vatican after Roma rout

Pope Francis welcomed the victorious Bayern Munich team to the Vatican after their 7-1 Champions League rout of Roma, telling them they "played a wonderful game" and receiving a signed jersey and ball in return.

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COMMENT: Balotelli’s half-time antics puts Anfield future in doubt

Mario Balotelli gave away his Liverpool shirt at half-time against Real Madrid in a moment that symbolised the gaping gap between the two sides; and there will be now be inevitable speculation over whether he will ever get it back again.

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Reality bites as Madrid put Reds in their place

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Expected it may have been but Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid still delivered a brutal and demoralising reminder of where Liverpool stand amongst Europe’s elite.

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Low-key approach key, says O’Flynn

When Cork City won what was then known as the eircom League in 2005, John O’Flynn and Liam Kearney got the vital goals in the final game against Derry City.

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Boyle feels vindicated by Dundalk resurrection

As he stands 90 minutes away from the ultimate achievement as a footballer, Andy Boyle understandably has no regrets about joining Dundalk, after they’d just survived relegation.

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FUNNY GAME: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli and Raheem Sterling share a joke in training at Anfield yesterday ahead of tonight's Champions League game against Real Madrid.

Rodgers urges troops to join ranks of the Liverpool legends

Champions League Group B
Liverpool v Real Madrid
Tonight 7.45pm, Anfield

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John Caulfield

City take preparations to college all-weather pitch

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division Dundalk v Cork City Friday: Oriel Park, 7.45pm

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Alvaro Arbeloa

Arbeloa: Real wary of Anfield atmosphere

Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa knows all about Anfield’s capacity to intimidate on European nights and revealed that even Cristiano Ronaldo has warned his team-mates to expect something unique this evening.

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Wenger has faith in Martinez

Champions League Group D
Anderlecht v Arsenal
Tonight: 7.45pm

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David Moyes

Moyes appointment a club decision, claims Fergie

Alex Ferguson insists it is "nonsense" to suggest the correct processes were not followed prior to the ill-fated appointment of David Moyes as his Manchester United successor.

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Remy blow puts veteran Drogba centre stage

Champions League Group G
Chelsea 6 NK Maribor 0

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Pellegrini: City will overcome Moscow meltdown

Champions League Group E
CSKA Moscow 2 Manchester City 2

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Roy: Fairytale finale never on cards for me and Alex

Roy Keane has reopened his feud with Alex Ferguson by claiming his former manager preached loyalty but never showed him any.

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