From the Back Pages, October 9: Northern Ireland qualify for first major tournament since 1986 with 3-1 victory over Greece

Football. Photo: Shutterstock SUS-150730-111558001
Football. Photo: Shutterstock SUS-150730-111558001

Northern Ireland have qualified for Euro 2016 - their first major tournament since the World Cup in 1986. A brace of goals for Southampton midfielder Steven Davis and a strike from Kilmarnock forward Josh Magennis, who was a goalkeeper by trade until the age of 18, were enough to seal all three points against Greece with a comprehensive 3-1 victory in Belfast. (The Mirror)

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini came out swinging this afternoon after Fifa’s own ethics committee handed both men humiliating bans from all international and national football activities. (The Times)

Jurgen Klopp has agreed to become Liverpool’s manager on a £7m-a-year deal and will arrive on Merseyside this afternoon after flying in from Dortmund. (The Independent)

World champions Germany came unstuck in Dublin as Republic of Ireland substitute Shane Long revived his country’s European Championship dream with a late winner at the Aviva Stadium. The Republic now sit joint-second in qualifying group D, after rivals Poland drew by Scotland, to leave themselves in the knowledge that a win in Warsaw will send them to France next summer. (Daily Mail)

GARY McALLISTER has accepted an ambassadorial position at Liverpool following confirmation of Jurgen Klopp’s arrival. (The Express)

On a day when 12 Pakistan A wickets fell in the same innings, the four taken by Steven Finn are likely to prove the most significant in the weeks to come. England’s decision to rest James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Mark Wood for the second of the two-day warm-up matches is a clear indication that Trevor Bayliss has already settled on his three seamers for next week’s opening Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. However, while Finn’s performance, taking four for 16 in 15 overs, may not prompt the coach into a rethink, it will certainly give him food for thought for the rest of the series. (The Guardian)

No Euro 2016 for heartbroken Scots. Scotland 2 Poland 2 Home side battle back to lead after early Lewandowski goal, but Bayern striker equalises at the death to send Scots out. (The Telegraph)

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