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Video: Simon Rice and Jack de Menezes look ahead to Liverpool's huge test at the Bernabeu

Marc Wilson (right) tries to stop Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic

World Cup qualifiers round-up: Anders Svensson makes Irish suffer while Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick saves Portugal

The Republic of Ireland’s hopes of  securing a World Cup play-off place suffered a grievous blow last night when they let slip a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 to close rivals Sweden in Dublin, the veteran midfielder Anders Svensson getting the Swedes’ winner.

Gareth Bale and family are presented alongside Real Madrid president Florentino Perez

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Wales manager Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman rejoins Wales squad in Macedonia after losing his passport to take spotlight off Gareth Bale

The Wales boss was not allowed to fly out with the rest of the squad after he lost his passport but he has now arrived ahead of their World Cup qualifier later tonight

Sergio Ramos celebrates with Mesut Ozil

Transfer news: Mesut Ozil thanks former Real Madrid team-mates for their support after record £42.5m Arsenal switch

Sergio Ramos, Isco and Alvaro Arbeloa admitted their surprise at the sale of the German midfielder while Cristiano Ronaldo was said to have been 'angered' by his departure

Aaron Ramsey scored twice to add to his goal in the first leg

Aaron Ramsey performances for Arsenal 'the best we've seen' says Wales manager Chris Coleman

The midfielder has put in some eye catching displays already this season

Mesut Ozil: 'I am a player who needs the confidence of the coach,' he said

Arsenal spending £42.5m on Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil raises concerns in Germany

The midfielder's decision to leave Real Madrid had much to do with his international ambitions ahead of the World Cup

Gareth Bale spoke about his injury problems when a young player with Southampton

Gareth Bale reveals hard route to completing switch from Tottenham to Real Madrid

The Wales international eventually moved for a world record fee

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Germany boss Joachim Low alongside player Mesut Ozil

Transfer news: Germany boss Joachim Low labels Real Madrid decision to sell Mesut Ozil to Arsenal as 'incomprehensible'

Ozil's international coach does feel the change will be good for him though as the 24-year-old is a player who needs faith in him from the manager

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted his anger at Mesut Ozil's sale from Real Madrid

Transfer news: Cristiano Ronaldo 'angry' about Mesut Ozil's departure from Real Madrid despite Gareth Bale signing

Portuguese star has told international team-mates that the German knew his moves in front of goal and the sale is bad news for his Real Madrid future

Mesut Ozil poses with new Arsenal team-mate Lukas Podolski while on duty with the Germany. Podolski, currently out with a hamstring injury, was being examined by the national team doctor

Transfer news: Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy attempted to block Arsenal move for Mesut Ozil after feeling Real Madrid betrayed him

Levy spent the entire summer in talks over the world-record transfer of Bale, but was furious when Ozil moved to their north London rivals after being told the German was not for sale

Bale left for £85m

Transfer analysis: Tony Adams concerned by Premier League's reliance on overseas players

90 per cent of money spent this summer was on foreign players

Experts predict Gareth Bales' £85m transfer fee could soon be eclipsed
Sergio Ramos celebrates with Mesut Ozil

Transfer news: Real Madrid squad admit their shock and surprise at Mesut Ozil departure after midfielder joins Arsenal on deadline day

Sergio Ramos, Isco and Alvaro Arbeloa speak out over the sale but Ozil admits it was Carlo Ancelotti's lack of confidence that forced him out of the club

Experts predict Gareth Bales' £85m transfer fee could soon be eclipsed

Move over Gareth Bale - football analysts predict the world's first £100m transfer will happen soon

Lucrative new Premier League TV rights deal will keep forcing transfer fees up

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