Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

Ireland defender Enda Stevens says Ireland must go for it against Denmark in their final Euro 2020 Group D qualifier.

Mick McCarthy’s side must beat the Danes in Dublin next month to qualify for the finals following last night’s 2-0 defeat to Switzerland in Geneva.

Haris Seferovic (PRON: Sef-air-o-vitch) fired the Swiss into an early lead and the home side sealed the win when Shane Duffy turned the ball into his own net late on.

Skipper Seamus Coleman was given an early bath for receiving a second yellow card.

He will now miss the game against the Danes on November 18th.

Defender Enda Stevens says Ireland must go for it against Christian Eriksen and Co.

Manager Mick McCarthy still believes they can reach the finals

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea ((pron: da-vid de hey-ah)) is a doubt for Sunday’s Premier League game with Liverpool.

He limped off the pitch in the second half of Spain’s 1-1 draw with Sweden in Euro 2020 qualifying.

De Gea suffered the injury when clearing a ball, immediately clutching his leg.

Celtic’s Europa League game at Lazio will be played in a partially closed stadium.

It’s after the Italian club were charged with racist behaviour by their fans in their recent win over Rennes in the same competition.

Lazio have also been fined 20-thousand Euro.

Meanwhile, four people have been arrested for racially abusing England’s players on Monday night.

The Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia was stopped twice while the chants were reported to UEFA.

The Bulgarian Ministry of Interior say they are working to identify other individuals.

RUGBY

Former New Zealand scrum-half Justin Marshall thinks Ireland’s style of play is restricting Conor Murray’s game.

He says the Munster 9 is a world class player but feels Murray is not able to utilise his full range of skills in the Irish system.

Ahead of this Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Ireland and the All-Blacks, Marshall thinks Murray needs to be given more freedom

BOXING

T-J Doheny says he’s ready for an I-B-F super-bantamweight championship re-match with Danny Roman.

The Portlaoise southpaw took his professional record to 22 wins from 23 fights with a sixth-round stoppage victory over Jesus Martinez in Chicago last weekend.

It was Doheny’s first bout since losing his title to Roman in a thriller in April and the 32-year-old is calling on promoter Eddie Hearn to set up a re-match

RACING

There’s National Hunt action at Punchestown today, with the Grade 3 Irish Daily Star Chase the main attraction.

The going at the Co Kildare track is Good to Yielding and Yielding in places.

In the UK there’s racing in:

Bath, soft, 1.40

Wetherby, good to soft, 1.50

Nottingham, heavy, 1.55

Kempton, standard to slow, 4.40

Southwell, standard, 5.25