World Cup UEFA Qualification  – Croatia lose to Iceland but remain top

Group I

Finland 1 – 2 Ukraine

Iceland 1 – 0 Croatia

Kosovo 1 – 4 Turkey

  • Iceland 1 – 0 Croatia

Croatia slipped up at the top of Group I after a 1-0 defeat in Iceland.

Hordur Magnusson’s last-minute header, from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s cross, moved Iceland level on points with the leaders, although with an inferior goal difference.

  • Finland 1 – 2 Ukraine

Artem Besyedin secured a 2-1 win for Ukraine in Finland.

Yevhen Konoplyanka had put Ukraine ahead but Joel Pohjanpalo equalised, only for Besyedin to restore their lead three minutes later.

  • Kosovo 1 – 4 Turkey

Turkey had a mild scare against group minnows Kosovo after Amir Rrahmani cancelled out Volkan Sen’s early header, but further goals from Cengiz Under, Burak Yilmaz and Ozan Tufan earned a 4-1 victory.


World Cup UEFA Qualification –  Spain edge Macedonia; Italy crush Liechtenstein  to go level with Spain

Group G
FYR Macedonia 1 – 2 Spain

Israel 0 – 3 Albania

Italy 5 – 0 Liechtenstein

  • FYR Macedonia 1 – 2 Spain

Spain stayed in control of Group G despite enduring a nervy evening to their match in Macedonia.

David Silva and Diego Costa were on target but the visitors were made to sweat after Stefan Ristovski pulled one back.

Silva capped a vintage Spanish build-up with the opener and Costa tapped in Isco’s cross before half-time.

But with chances going begging Spain were made to pay when, out of nothing, Ristovski burst from the halfway line and lashed in his first international goal.

Nevertheless, a 2-1 victory ensured Spain remain top of the group on goal difference

  • Italy 5 – 0 Liechtenstein

Italy’s Lorenzo Insigne broke the deadlock against Liechtenstein with this superb volley as the Azzurri romped to a routine 5-0 victory.

Insigne then teed up Andrea Belotti to tuck in the second seven minutes after the interval.

Eder grabbed the third before substitutes Federico Bernardeschi and Manolo Gabbiadini completed the scoring.

  • Israel 0 – 3 Albania

Albania forward Armando Sadiku scored twice from distance in the first half as Albania beat Israel 3-0 in Haifa.

Ledian Memushaj added a third for Albania on a counter-attack in the 71st minute.

The win moved Albania level with Israel on nine points in Group G.

World Cup UEFA Qualification  – Germany thrash San Marino 7; England held but stay top; Lewandowski Warsaw hattrick hero

​Group C

Azerbaijan 0 – 1 N.Ireland

Germany 7 – 0 San Marino

Norway 1 – 1 Czech  Republic

  • Germany 7 – 0 San Marino

Sandro Wagner scored a hat-trick as Group C leaders Germany stretched their 100 per cent record to six games with a 7-0 win over San Marino in Nuremberg.

Julian Draxler’s early effort set the Germans on their way and a brace from Wagner and a fourth for Amin Younes put them four goals clear by the break.

Shkodran Mustafi increased Germany’s lead early in the second half and Julian Brandt headed the sixth before Wagner completed his hat-trick – and the German scoring – with a header of his own five minutes from time.

  • Norway 1 – 1 Czech  Republic

Czech Republic were held to a 1-1 draw at struggling Norway, Theodor Gebre Selassie’s first-half strike cancelled out by an Alexander Soderlund penalty.

That result leaved the Czechs four points behind Northern Ireland.

  • Azerbaijan 0 – 1 N.Ireland

Northern Ireland defeated Azerbaijan 1-0 in Baku thanks to a stoppage-time strike from Stuart Dallas.

Group E

Kazakhstan 1 – 3 Denmark

Montenegro 4 – 1 Armenia

Poland 3 – 1 Romania

  • Poland 3 – 1 Romania

Robert Lewandowski netted a hat-trick asPolandmaintained their six-point lead at the top of Group E with a 3-1 win over Romania in Warsaw.

The striker opened the scoring with a 29th-minute penalty and doubled their advantage when he added a second just before the hour.

A second penalty from Lewandowski sealed another win for the hosts five minutes later before Bogdan Stancu scored a late consolation.

  • Kazakhstan 1 – 3 Denmark

Denmark kept up the pressure on Poland with a 3-1 win over 10-man Kazakhstan in Almaty.

Nicolai Jorgensen put the Danes ahead and Christian Eriksen added a second from the spot after Bauyrzhan Islamkhan was sent off in the dying stages of the first half.

Islambek Kuat briefly reduced the deficit before Kasper Dolberg’s 81st-minute strike sealed victory for the visitors.

  • Montenegro 4 – 1 Armenia

Stevan Jovetic was another hat-trick hero as Montenegro held onto second place in the same group with a 4-1 win over Armenia in Podgorica.

The former Manchester City man added to an early strike by Fatos Beciraj to secure a comfortable win for his side, while the visitors replied late through Ruslan Koryan.

Group F

Scotland 2 – 2 England

Slovenia 2 – 0 Malta

Lithuania 1 – 2 Slovakia

  • Scotland 2 – 2 England

Captain Harry Kane rescued a point in injury time as England snatched a dramatic 2-2 draw with Scotland at Hampden Park.

Two late free-kicks from Leigh Griffiths )87, 90( looked to have earned the home side a sensational victory in Saturday’s World Cup Qualifier, after substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had opened the scoring 20 minutes from time.

But Kane volleyed in Raheem Sterling’s cross four minutes into added time to preserve England’s unbeaten record and keep them three points clear at the top of Group F.

The late goal was cruel for Scotland, whose supporters had been vociferously celebrating a thrilling turn-around, mean they remain in fourth place on eight points with four matches still to play.

  • Lithuania 1 – 2 Slovakia

Slovakia clung onto second place with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Lithuania in Vilnius, goals from Vladimir Weiss and Marek Hamsik giving the visitors the points before Arvydas Novikovas hit a stoppage-time consolation.

  • Slovenia 2 – 0 Malta

Slovenia maintained their push for a place in Russia as goals from Josip Ilicic and Milvoje Novakovic gave them a 2-0 win over group minnows Malta in Ljubljana.

World Cup U-20 Final – Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goal and Freddie Woodman’s penalty save help England seal World Cup glory 

​England have won the U20 World Cup, their biggest international title since 1966 by beating Venezuela 1-0 in the Under-20 World Cup final.

It was England’s first appearance in the final of a global tournament since their World Cup victory 51 years ago.

Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first-half goal was enough for victory thanks to Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman’s second-half penalty save.

Woodman denied Adalberto Penaranda from the spot after the Malaga forward was fouled by Kyle Walker-Peters.

England manager Paul Simpson named an unchanged side against Venezuela, who had got past the likes of Germany and Uruguay to reach the final in South Korea.

Dominic Solanke, the soon-to-be Liverpool forward whose two goals in the semi-final against Italy sent England through, came close early on, but could only find the feet of goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez from an angle.

Everton’s Ademola Lookman forced a fine stop from Farinez later in the half, before Lucena hit the post from the edge of the centre-circle in England’s half with a free-kick that swerved horribly for goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

Despite some heavy pressure late on from the Venezuelans, England held on with a battling show.

World Cup UEFA Qualifiers – Hugo Lloris howler gift Sweden victory; Ronaldo scores twice but Switzerland stay top; Belgium maintain lead

​Group A

Belarus 2 – 1 Bulgaria

Netherlands 5 – 0 Luxembourg

Sweden 2 – 1 France

  • Sweden 2 – 1 France

A blunder from Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris saw Sweden snatch a dramatic stoppage-time winner to open up the battle at the top of World Cup European qualifying Group A.

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud fired Les Bleus into the lead in the 37th minute with a superb volley into the top corner after taking the ball down at the far post.

Sweden hit back just before the break when midfielder Jimmy Durmaz lashed in an angled drive.

Jakob Johansson and then France forward Antoine Griezmann both had chances before, with just seconds of three minutes of added time remaining, Spurs keeper Lloris dribbled the ball out of his penalty area only to scuff an attempted clearance.

Toulouse forward Ola Toivonen clipped a first-time effort over the keeper from just inside his own half, which bounced into an empty net to spark wild celebrations from the home fans at the Friends Arena as Sweden moved above France to the top of the table on goal difference.

Sweden have not qualified for the finals since 2006.

  • Netherlands 5 – 0 Luxembourg

Holland are now just three points behind Dick Advocaat won his first game back in charge of the Netherlands as the Dutch hammered Luxembourg 5-0 to boost their chances of World Cup qualification.

The former Sunderland boss, 69, is  starting his third spell as national  team boss.

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben put the Netherlands ahead after 21 minutes.

Veteran midfielder Wesley Sneijder – making a record 131st international appearance on his 33rd birthday – slotted in a second after 35 minutes.

Advocaat, who was named as Danny Blind’s successor in May, saw his side go further ahead on the hour through Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

Quincy Promes headed in a fourth with 20 minutes left, with a late penalty from Tottenham forward Vincent Janssen completing the rout.

  • Belarus 2 – 1 Bulgaria

Bulgaria, who had been third, slipped to a 2-1 defeat inBelarus.

The hosts went ahead after 33 minutes through a penalty from Mikhail Sivakov and a fine individual effort from Pavel Savitskiy sealed victory with 10 minutes left.

Georgi Kostadinov netted a consolation for Bulgaria in stoppage time.

Group B

Andorra 1 – 0 Hungary

Faroe Islands 0 – 2 Switzerland

Latvia 0 – 3 Portugal

  • Latvia 0 – 3 Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two close-range headers as Portugal won 3-0 in Latvia.

Ronaldo – whose double helped Real Madrid win the Champions League final in Cardiff last Saturday – nodded Portugal in front five minutes before half-time after Jose Fonte’s header came back off the crossbar.

The 32-year-old headed in a second from almost on the goalline after 61 minutes, with Porto striker Andre Silva adding a third six minutes later.

  • Faroe Islands 0 – 2 Switzerland

Switzerland kept themselves ahead of Portugal at the top of Group B with a 2-0 away win over the Faroe Islands.

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka put the Swiss ahead in the 36th minute with a low shot and Stoke playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri’s neat angled finish wrapped things up after 56 minutes.

  • Andorra 1 – 0 Hungary

Andorra moved off the bottom of the table with a shock 1-0 win over Hungary at Estadi Nacional where a header from Marc Rebes brought to an end a run of 66 competitive matches without a victory.


Group H

Bosnia-Herzegovina 0 – 0 Greece

Estonia 0 – 2 Belgium

Gibraltar 1 – 2 Cyprus

  • Estonia 0 – 2 Belgium

Belgium maintained their lead atop Group H with a 2-0 defeat of Estonia, who finished with 10 men at the A. Le Coq Arena.

The Belgians are yet to lose in qualifying thus far, taking 16 points from six matches, and were on the scoreboard after the half-hour.

Kevin De Bruyne’s cross from the right was mishandled by Estonia goalkeeper Mihkel Aksalu into the path of Dries Mertens, who comfortably slotted home at the far post.

Belgium then put the game away in the 86th minute through Nacer Chadli, who slotted home a De Bruyne pass from close range.

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina 0 – 0 Greece

Second-placed Greece battled to a goalless draw away to Bosnia-Herzegovina, who remain a point behind.

The draw puts Greece in the playoff position on 12 points from six matches, while the hosts sit on 11.

  • Gibraltar 1 – 2 Cyprus

Fourth-placed Cyprus rallied to defeat last-placed Gibraltar 2-1.

Roy Chipolina’s own goal gave the visitors an early advantage in the 10th minute — the defender leaping to cut off a Konstantinos Charalampidis chipped ball into the area and inadvertently looping his header over onrushing keeper Deren Ibrahim and into the empty net.

Gibraltar responded, though, 20 minutes later through Anthony Hernandez, who received a through-ball in the area and curled his right-footed shot around the keeper.

Cyprus then went in front for good in the 87th minute — Pieros Sotiriou heading home Jason Demetriou’s cross from the centre of the box to give the Cypriots a valuable three points.