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The Republic of Ireland women's team are guaranteed at least a play off for the 2025 European Championship

SOCCER

The Republic of Ireland women's team are guaranteed at least a play off for the 2025 European Championship after winning their Nations League 'B' group with two games to spare.

The Girls in Green won 1-nil in a rain soaked Albania thanks to a late goal by Denise O'Sullivan.

The result means Eileen Gleeson's team have qualified for League 'A' of the Nations League.

The top 8 teams in League 'A' next year will secure places at the finals in Switzerland.


The last 16 of the Carabao Cup continues tonight with Manchester United hosting Newcastle United in a repeat of last year's final.

Manchester United have lost 7 games in all competitions this season.

Kick off at Old Trafford is at 8.15.


Arsenal go to West Ham for a 7.30 start and Declan Rice is likely to play against his old club.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the player should embrace it.

The other games kick off at 7.45.


Liverpool are away to Bournemouth, Chelsea host Blackburn Rovers, Everton take on Burnley and it's Ipswich Town versus Fulham.


In the Scottish Premiership this evening, Celtic host St Mirren and Rangers are away to Dundee.


In other football news, Saudi Arabia is on track to host the 2034 World Cup after FIFA confirmed it was the only bidder for the tournament.


RUGBY

Warren Gatland has backed Ireland head coach Andy Farrell to lead the British and Irish Lions into the 2025 Tour of Australia, with Farrell's appointment set to be confirmed before next year's Six Nations.

Farrell was Gatland's assistant in 2013 and 2017.

The Telegraph report today that Simon Easterby may take interim control of the Irish team if Farrell assumes the Lions job.


HORSE RACING

There's a meeting on the all weather at Dundalk today from 2pm.

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