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Croatia stun Spain to set up Nations League decider against England

• Tin Jedvaj’s stoppage-time winner gives Croatia 3-2 win• Wembley showdown will decide qualification and relegationTin Jedvaj scored a last-gasp winner to revive Croatia’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals as Spain fell to a 3-2 defeat in Za…

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England Women’s Georgia Stanway scores on debut in win against Austria

• Austria 0-3 England (Ubogagu 26, Stanway 71, Daly 81)• Phil Neville’s side now eight games unbeatenChioma Ubogagu and Georgia Stanway, both making their debut, scored to help England Women to a routine friendly win over Austria in Vienna. The substit…

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Miranda edges Brazil past Argentina while Belgium and Holland draw

• Goal in stoppage time settles South American derby• Arnaut Groeneveld equalises for Holland in BrusselsA stoppage-time goal from Miranda gave Brazil a 1-0 victory over Argentina in a foul-strewn friendly in Saudi Arabia. The central defender beat the…

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My grandad was captured by Russians in the second world war and kept alive

I may be in Volgograd to cover the football but family history gives me pause for thoughtThere is a time and place for first-person stories, which is usually no time and no place. But this is the only time I’ll get to tell this one. It’s quite good. An…

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Sebastian Prödl: ‘Brazil are purring but Germany need more puff’

The Austria defender was in the side who defeated Germany 2-1 and lost 3-0 to Brazil this month. He explains why the South American side look in far better World Cup shapeGermany and Brazil go into the World Cup as joint favourites and having played bo…

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Alessandro Schöpf winner for Austria adds to Germany’s pre-World Cup woes

• Austrians come from behind to extend holders’ winless run• Sweden 0-0 Denmark; Belgium 0-0 PortugalGermany are not enjoying the best preparations for the defence of the World Cup after their winless run was extended by defeat in Austria on Saturday e…

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World Cup stunning moments: Austria’s Wunderteam | John Ashdown

In 1934 a revolutionary Austrian side reached the World Cup semi-finals on the back of a storming run. History beckoned. And then turned its backOn the morning of 23 January 1939 Gustav Hartmann burst through the door of a Vienna apartment in search of…

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World Cup stunning moments: West Germany 1-0 Austria in 1982 | Rob Smyth

Algeria fans shouted ‘fix’ as West Germany and Austria played out a mutually suitable scoreline in 1982’s ‘Disgrace of Gijón’You have to pity the youth of today. They were born to banter, they think it’s normal behaviour to tell complete strangers on t…

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Watford’s Sebastian Prödl: ‘I’m interested in furniture, interiors and especially kitchens’

The Austrian centre-back comes from a family that specialises in football and producing kitchens. He discusses his love of design and London, his fears for the Premier League and Watford’s battle to avoid ‘goblins’The Prödls have two family businesses….

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Republic of Ireland v Moldova, Spain v Albania: World Cup qualifiers – live!

8.11pm BST

The Real Madrid playmaker, who’s having a fine season, doubles Spain’s lead in Alicante. And what’s this?

8.10pm BST

Israel can’t qualify but a goal’s a goal.

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Chris Coleman urges Ben Woodburn to follow Gareth Bale’s path to the top

• Wales coach says 17-year-old has mentality to succeed at highest level
• Cardiff match-winner told to carry on working hard to fulfil huge potential

Wales like to blood them young. Ben Woodburn was 17 years and 322 days old when he made his international debut in Cardiff on Saturday night. That made him two days older than Ryan Giggs, six days younger than Aaron Ramsey and a whole year older than Gareth Bale.

Woodburn was old enough and his match-winning goal was certainly good enough, the Liverpool man’s shot sizzling past Austria’s Heinz Lindner from 25 yards out five minutes after he had arrived on the pitch. It was a necessary intervention, allowing Chris Coleman’s side to force their way back into the reckoning for World Cup qualification. With three games left, they are four points off the top of Group D and two points off the play-off place occupied by the Republic of Ireland, with the Irish yet to come to Cardiff.

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Ben Woodburn’s debut scorcher gives Wales vital victory against Austria

It was one of those pure strikes, the ball slicing through the air as if aided by aerodynamic enhancement, the keeper diving merely to keep up appearances. There was no stopping Ben Woodburn’s first international goal, scored just five minutes after the 17-year-old had made his international debut. It was a timeless moment, a goal that makes you stand up in your seat and shake the person next to you to check what you saw definitely happened.

That it also provided Wales with three crucial World Cup qualifying points only added to the enjoyment. Chris Coleman’s side face Moldova on Tuesday just two points behind the Republic of Ireland, knowing if they win their final three matches they will earn second place in Group D, at least.

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Wales v Austria: World Cup 2018 qualifier – live!

8.20pm BST

33 min: And then it’s Austria’s turn to nearly open the scoring! Baumgartlinger, quarterbacking from deep, slips a pass down the left channel and Arnautovic is suddenly in space in the Welsh area! He opens his body and looks to shape one into the top right, but gets a little too much on it. High and wide. This is threatening to turn into a very entertaining game. Not quite yet … but it’s not half bad either.

8.19pm BST

32 min: Ramsey hits the crossbar! But it wouldn’t have counted, even if it had gone in. Vokes and Danso come together 30 yards from goal. They both fall to the ground and Ramsey is allowed to scoot free! He’s one on one with Lindner, and floats his chip onto the woodwork. But Vokes had been over-eager in his challenge. Austria got the benefit there.

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Chris Coleman urges Wales to go for it in ‘mini tournament’ – video

Wales manager Chris Coleman has told his side to go for wins in what he describes as a ‘mini tournament’ with three games remaining in World Cup qualifying. Wales, who are currently third in Group C, need to leapfrog either Republic of Ireland or Serbia in order to qualify

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Jon Walters rescues point for Republic of Ireland against Austria

Jonathan Walters struck a late equaliser to save Ireland from their first competitive home defeat under Martin O’Neill and avoid of what would have been a severe blow to their hopes of qualifying for the next World Cup. Austria seemed on course to boost their own hopes after Martin Hinteregger gave them the lead in a first half in which Ireland performed horribly. But Martin O’Neill made belated changes in the second half and Ireland surged back into the game to salvage a point that keeps them in a decent position in a group that looks likely to go down to the wire.

Dublin looked a picture under a glowing sun but this match darn near defaced it in the first half. With wayward passes, clunky touches and almost no imagination, it was a grisly viewing until Austria scored with a goal of incongruous quality. The visitors had, in fairness, offered a smidgin more neatness than the hosts in the opening half an hour but nothing that foreshadowed the artfulness of their breakthrough. It came from a corner delivered from the left by David Alaba, then Aleksandar Dragovic and Sebastian Prodl flummoxed the Irish defence by letting the ball run past them and over to Hinteregger near the penalty spot. Hinteregger took one touch before firing a low shot past Darren Randolph.

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Republic of Ireland v Austria: World Cup 2018 qualifier – live!

5.08pm BST

7 min Alaba wins a corner down the right and curls it in towards the middle of the box. But Duffy is up really well to reach the ball ahead of Burgstaller, clumping his header away.

5.07pm BST

6 min All Austria so far, with the majority of the play coming down their left-hand side. Ireland try and get the ball forward, hitting long to Walters, and Prodl leaps high to clatter right through him.

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Only a win will do against Austria, Martin O’Neill tells Republic of Ireland

• O’Neill wants his side to be positive and focus on beating Austria
• Jon Walters recovers from a knee problem and could captain Ireland

Martin O’Neill has warned his Republic of Ireland players not to take a backward step as they strive to reach next year’s World Cup and knock one of their main rivals, Austria, out of the running. The teams face off in Dublin on Sunday in a match of pivotal importance in one of Europe’s most competitive groups.

Related: Séamus Coleman broken leg sours Republic of Ireland draw with Wales

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Only a win will do against Austria, Martin O’Neill tells Republic of Ireland

• O’Neill wants his side to be positive and focus on beating Austria
• Jon Walters recovers from a knee problem and could captain Ireland

Martin O’Neill has warned his Republic of Ireland players not to take a backward step as they strive to reach next year’s World Cup and knock one of their main rivals, Austria, out of the running. The teams face off in Dublin on Sunday in a match of pivotal importance in one of Europe’s most competitive groups.

Related: Séamus Coleman broken leg sours Republic of Ireland draw with Wales

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Austria win shows Republic of Ireland’s revival under Martin O’Neill

Since being humiliated by Scotland two years ago, Martin O’Neill has revitalised his side and they capped an excellent 2016 with a 1-0 victory over Austria

It is funny how things change. On Monday two years ago the Republic of Ireland were dominated by Scotland in a European Championship qualifier and looked doomed to another unsuccessful campaign. Since then, their progression under Martin O’Neill (while Gordon Strachan’s team have regressed) has been nothing short of astounding. In the past 13 months Ireland have beaten Germany, Bosnia, Italy and now Austria in competitive fixtures.

Caveats can be made for how poor their opponents were in those meetings but it must not be forgotten they continue to perform above what should be expected of a squad containing a hefty selection of Championship players. O’Neill has transformed an ordinary squad into a collective who consistently perform above the sum of their parts.

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James McClean strikes for Republic of Ireland for precious win in Austria

It was desperately ugly to watch at times but the Republic of Ireland, thanks to the game’s solitary slice of beauty, claimed not just their first win in Austria but also an invaluable three points that leaves them unbeaten in Group D and excellently positioned to reach a first World Cup since 2002.

James McClean, who had come into the game nursing a back problem, scored the only goal early in the second half, finishing off a splendid counterattack to inflict more woe on a desperately poor Austria. Wales and Serbia will both have plenty to say about which nation qualifies automatically for Russia but finishing 2016 with 10 points from the 12 available has left Martin O’Neill’s team full of belief.

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