Wednesday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

The Republic of Ireland lost 2-0 to Switzerland last night and must now beat Denmark in Dublin next month to qualify for Euro 2020.

A first half strike by Haris Seferovic (PRON: Sef-air-o-vitch) and a late own goal by Shane Duffy condemned Ireland to their first defeat in Group D.

Seamus Coleman was sent off, so he will miss the crucial encounter with the Danes on November 18th.

The Boys in Green paid for a poor first half performance.

Defender John Egan was asked about the slow start.

The Republic of Ireland Under 21’s also suffered their first defeat in qualifying.

They lost 1-0 away to Iceland.

Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen (PRON: Sven Aaron Good-yon-sen) scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.

Lee O’Connor was sent off for Ireland for a second bookable offence.

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.

RUGBY

It’s been a down day for Ireland’s rugby players, with the team to play New Zealand in Saturday’s World Cup quarter final in Tokyo to be named tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, forwards coach Simon Easterby believes Bundee Aki can still have a “massive” influence on their World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand.

The centre will be suspended for the rest of tournament unless an appeal overturns the three week ban he was given for his sending off against Samoa last week.

However he’s continuing to train with the squad and Easterby says he still has a big role to play in their preparations.

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