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Corry Evans, Northern Ireland

Corry Evans, Northern Ireland

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Corry Evans, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland left Bucharest "gutted and exhausted" after losing their 100 per cent Euro 2016 qualifying record to Romania. That was the verdict of midfielder Corry Evans after two late goals from defender Paul Papp had undone his side's manful 74-minute rearguard.

"Everybody in the dressing room was absolutely gutted and exhausted," said Evans. "We gave our all but it just wasn't good enough against the best team in the group. I honestly believed we were going to hold out for draw and a great point."

Germans told to shape up

Germany have seen a dip in form since winning the World Cup in July and a 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Gibraltar was proof the players need to get their mind off the awards and start playing again, coach Joachim Loew said.

"I think there were a lot of award ceremonies and celebrations," said Loew. "Now we need to this out of our heads at the end of this World Cup year, draw a line and prepare properly for our next tournament."

Georgia coach calls it a day

Temur Ketsbaia has stuck to his pledge to quit as Georgia manager. The former Newcastle striker said that the European Championship qualifier with Poland would be the final game of his five-year tenure as a result of a shocking start to their bid to reach France 2016. He said he would leave regardless of the result, but a 4-0 loss to Poland was unlikely to result in a change of heart.

"My tenure with the national side has ended in a sad manner. From now on I will be supporting the team as an ordinary fan." said Ketsbaia.

Austria surge clear of Russia

Austria continued their fine start to their European Championship qualifying campaign with a 1-0 victory over Russia in Vienna. Rubin Okotie struck in the 73rd-minute, the 27-year-old Pakistan-born, 1860 Munich forward was able to slot home from Harnik's teasing cross. The goal was enough to lift Austria five points clear of their Group G opponents, who suffered the first defeat of their campaign, at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion.

The visitors had several chances to open the scoring but their failure to do so came back to haunt them as pool leaders Austria moved on to 10 points from their opening four fixtures.

Lincoln lose kit in explosion

Lincoln CITY apologised to fans when their game had to be postponed because the team kit could not be recovered following an explosion in their hotel sauna. The game was called off after a fire at their hotel prevented their players from collecting their boots and shinpads.

The bizarre episode forced Lincoln to post a message on their Twitter account: "Can only apologise to fans who have travelled but all in hands of fire brigade. The club explained how 55 firefighters were needed to tackle the fire which was thought to have started in the sauna.

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