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Canada stun US with first win in 34 years

Toronto (Canada) (AFP) – Canada defeated the United States for the first time in 34 years Tuesday after goals from Alphonso Davies and Lucas Cavallini delivered a stunning CONCACAF Nations League upset. Bayern Munich teenager Davies pounced in the 63rd minute before Cavallini blasted home d...

Ireland forced to wait after loss to Swiss

Paris (AFP) – Rodrigo Moreno fired Spain into Euro 2020 with a last-gasp equaliser in Sweden while the Republic of Ireland’s chances of reaching the finals are still in the balance after they fell 2-0 in Switzerland. Spain became the sixth team to qualify for next summer’s tournament thanks to...

Clasico concerns for Madrid as Modric and Bale sit out training

Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid face an anxious wait to see if Luka Modric and Gareth Bale will be fit for next week’s Clasico against Barcelona after both players missed training on Tuesday.  Modric and Bale each did gym work indoors as they attempted to recover from injuries sustained playing in the ...

Spain make Euro 2020 in dramatic Sweden draw

Paris (AFP) – Rodrigo Moreno fired Spain into Euro 2020 with a last-gasp equaliser in Sweden which while the Republic of Ireland’s chances of reaching the finals are in the balance after they fell 2-0 in Switzerland. Spain became the sixth team to qualify for next summer’s tournament thanks to ...

Italy hammer Liechtenstein for perfect Euro 2020 run and record

Vaduz (AFP) – Andrea Belotti scored a second-half brace as already-qualified Italy overran Liechtenstein 5-0 on Tuesday to stretch their perfect run in Euro 2020 qualifying to eight games and match an 80-year Italian record. Roberto Mancini’s side were assured of top spot in Group J after a 2-0...

Rodrigo fires Spain into Euro 2020 with late leveller at Sweden

Stockholm (AFP) – Spain sealed qualification for Euro 2020 with two games to spare on Tuesday after Rodrigo Moreno came off the bench to score a dramatic injury-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Sweden. The 2008 and 2012 European champions needed only a point in Stockholm to guarantee automatic...

Switzerland beat Ireland to keep automatic Euro hopes alive

Geneva (AFP) – Haris Seferovic’s early effort and Shane Duffy’s late own goal kept Switzerland’s hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2020 alive with a 2-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday. Although Vladimir Petkovic’s side have already guaranteed a play-off spot via the Nat...

UEFA investigates Turkey for military salute in Euro qualifiers

Lausanne (AFP) – UEFA announced on Tuesday that it is opening disciplinary proceedings against Turkey into “potential provocative political behaviour” by their players after making military salutes in their last two matches. In both their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania on Friday and Franc...

Regional German footballers warned against copying Turkish salute gesture

Berlin (AFP) – Regional footballers in some parts of Germany were warned on Tuesday to expect “heavy penalties” if they imitate the military salutes of the Turkish national team during goal celebrations. The military gesture has become a hot topic after Turkey players saluted to celebrate goals...

Koreas in silent, surreal stalemate as Aussies plunder seven

Seoul (AFP) – North and South Korea played out a surreal 0-0 draw in front of an empty stadium and with no TV coverage as Australia smashed seven past Taiwan in Asian World Cup qualifying on Tuesday. Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min captained South Korea for their first competitive men’s ma...

Turkey defends footballers saluting soldiers

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey’s sports minister voiced support on Tuesday for national team players who saluted the country’s soldiers during their Euro 2020 match with France. Sports Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu described the controversial goal celebration — in which players were seen as suppo...

Seven-up Australia thrash Taiwan in World Cup qualifying

Taipei (AFP) – Australia ran riot in a 7-1 demolition of Taiwan on Tuesday to continue their runaway start to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Adam Taggart, Jackson Irvine and defender Harry Souttar all scored twice along with Jamie Maclaren’s solitary strike as the Socceroos soli...
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