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Melitina Staniouta on the Belarus protests: ‘I just could not keep quiet’ | Tumaini Carayol

The decorated gymnast has joined 400 sporting figures in protesting at the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko and police brutality For numerous bitter days in early August, Belarus went dark. After the rigged presidential re-election of Alexander Luka…

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Football for dummies: Dynamo Brest play before mannequin ‘fans’ in Belarus

Belarus champions boost plummeting crowds with modelsLeague plays on amid supporter boycottsThey don’t chant, they don’t move, and they mostly wear the wrong colours. They’re not even real. The defending Belarusian league champions, Dynamo Brest, have …

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‘There are no viruses here’: Belarus president plays ice hockey amid Covid-19 pandemic – video

The president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko took part in an ice hockey game in Belarus, saying that ‘there are no viruses here’, adding that ice hockey is an ‘anti-virus remedy.’  Belarus is one of the few countries not to impose any r…

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‘There are no viruses here’: Belarus president plays ice hockey amid Covid-19 pandemic – video

The president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko took part in an ice hockey game in Belarus, saying that ‘there are no viruses here’, adding that ice hockey is an ‘anti-virus remedy.’  Belarus is one of the few countries not to impose any r…

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Last league standing: Belarusian football basks in new-found popularity

Belarusian Premier League has signed 10 new TV rights dealsOnly cases of coronavirus reported in the countryWith professional football at a virtual standstill around the globe, fans in need of their weekly fix are turning to the Belarusian Premier Leag…

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Last league standing: Belarusian football basks in new-found popularity

Belarusian Premier League has signed 10 new TV rights dealsOnly cases of coronavirus reported in the countryWith professional football at a virtual standstill around the globe, fans in need of their weekly fix are turning to the Belarusian Premier Leag…

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Last league standing: Belarusian football basks in new-found popularity

Belarusian Premier League has signed 10 new TV rights dealsOnly cases of coronavirus reported in the countryWith professional football at a virtual standstill around the globe, fans in need of their weekly fix are turning to the Belarusian Premier Leag…

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Euro 2020 roundup: Russia and Poland qualify as 10-man Germany win

• Emre Can sent off in Estonia in 3-0 victory• Georginio Wijnaldum scores twice for NetherlandsGermany went level on points at the top of Group C despite having Emre Can sent off early in the first half in Estonia, for bringing down Frank Liivak when h…

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Daniel James’ superb goal enough to earn Wales victory over Belarus

At the age of 21 it seems early to talk about a player having a trademark goal but Daniel James is already making a name for himself with his ability to cut in from the left and effortlessly steer the ball into the opposite corner. Manchester United su…

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Euro 2020 qualifying: Belgium’s Lukaku and De Bruyne see off Scotland

• Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne earn Group I win for Belgium• Germany beat Estonia 8-0 but Northern Ireland top Group CA goal in each half from Romelu Lukaku and an unerring late drive from Kevin De Bruyne consigned Scotland to a 3-0 Euro 2020 qualiifying…

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Josh Magennis strikes late for Northern Ireland to beat Belarus

The best moments in football are so blissfully simple as to appear in slow motion. Northern Ireland roared in a manner so customary under Michael O’Neill with a late winner which owed everything to ease. Stuart Dallas found Paddy McNair on the right an…

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Netherlands v Germany, Northern Ireland Belarus and more Euro 2020 clockwatch – live!

Live updates from the 7.45pm kick-offsGermany face long road back to top after Löw’s drastic overhaulFeel free to email Daniel or tweet @DanielHarris your thoughts 7.23pm GMT And there’s more! @DanielHarris Instead of discussing the Dutch game plan, Pi…

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Portugal and France reach World Cup as Holland and Arjen Robben bow out

• Portugal snatch top spot in Group B with 2-0 victory against Switzerland
• Robben retires from internationals after Sweden pip Holland to play-off place

The European champions, Portugal, qualified for next year’s World Cup with a convincing 2-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday after an own goal by Johan Djourou set them on their way.

The Swiss defender put the ball into his own net four minutes before half-time and André Silva sealed the victory in the 57th minute as Portugal pulled level on 27 points with Switzerland and won Group B on goal difference.

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France, Portugal and Holland in World Cup 2018 qualifying action – live!

Updates from the World Cup qualifiers in groups A, B and HLive scores: all the goals as they go in around EuropeEmail john.ashdown@theguardian.com. Tweet @John_Ashdown 8.10pm BST Unhappy scenes coming through from Tallinn as Bosnia-Herzegovina support…

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Holland see off Belarus but need miracle after Sweden’s rout of Luxembourg

• Dutch left needing seven-goal win over Sweden to reach World Cup play-offs
• Belgium beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 in significant Group H showdown

Holland’s chances of reaching the World Cup finals are almost certainly over, with Saturday night’s results meaning Dick Advocaat’s team need to beat Sweden by seven goals on Tuesday to reach the play-offs, while Bosnia-Herzegovina’s dramatic 4-3 home defeat by Belgium in Sarajevo had implications well beyond their hopes of finishing second in Group H.

The Dutch won 3-1 in Belarus in Group A but look set to miss out on their second major tournament in a row because of their inferior goal difference. Sweden’s 8-0 thrashing of Luxembourg in Solna gives them a goal-difference superiority over Holland of 12 goals and they have also scored more, so would advance if goal difference was level. The Al Ain striker Marcus Berg scored four times and the captain Andreas Granqvist converted a penalty in each half in the Swedes’ biggest victory since 1938.

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Belarus v Holland, Bulgaria v France: World Cup 2018 qualifiers – live!

8.26pm BST

41 min Bulgaria have been much better in the last 10 minutes. They haven’t created much, apart from that chance for Popov a few minutes ago, but the signs are much better.

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37 min Hugo Lloris redeems his own error with a superb save. He fumbled a long-range shot which kicked up a little awkwardly off the pitch. When the loose ball was knocked back into the six-yard box by Delev, Popov twisted his body to head towards goal and Lloris reacted admirably to paw it away.

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France are held 0-0 by Luxembourg while Belgium secure World Cup berth

• Group A leaders France fail to beat Luxembourg despite hitting bar twice
• Belgium win Group H after Romelu Lukaku seals 2-1 win over Greece

France’s hopes of automatic qualification hit a snag when the Group A leaders were surprisingly held to a 0-0 draw by Luxembourg in Toulouse. France, who had beaten Holland 4-0 on Thursday, were unable to break Luxembourg’s stout resistance despite dominating possession and hitting the bar twice for a result that left them only a point clear at the top of the group.

France almost broke the deadlock five minutes before half-time when Antoine Griezmann hit the bar from a free-kick. After 63 minutes Djibril Sidibe had a header well saved by the Luxembourg goalkeeper Jonathan Joubert and Paul Pogba headed against the bar 10 minutes later.

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Matthijs De Ligt suffers nightmare debut as Holland are stunned by Bulgaria

• Mistakes by the 17-year-old Ajax defender prove costly as Bulgaria win 2-0
• France, Sweden, Portugal and Switzerland win; Belgium draw with Greece

Matthijs de Ligt’s dream debut for Holland quickly turned into a nightmare as he handed Bulgaria an early goal in a 2-0 defeat for the Dutch in World Cup qualifying. Bulgaria kept alive their hopes of reaching the finals for the first time since 1998 after Spas Delev struck twice with his first international goals. The 2-0 win at the Vasil Levski stadium sent Petar Hubchev’s team to third in the Group A standings with nine points from five games, one point behind Sweden and four behind leaders France. Holland are fourth on seven.

Related: Belgium 1-1 Greece: World Cup 2018 qualifier – as it happened

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The Dozen: the best photos from this week’s World Cup qualifiers

Player tussles, reactions and illuminated fans – the best images from around the globe as 209 teams continue on the road to Moscow 2018

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World Cup 2018 qualifiers round-up: Gameiro fires France past Bulgaria

• Gameiro scores two on international return to inspire 4-1 victory
• Holland beat Belarus 4-1 to end run of five home defeats

France produced a scintillating show as they put memories of one of the most painful moments in their football history to one side by crushing Bulgaria 4-1 in a World Cup Group A qualifier.

Les Bleus had not hosted Bulgaria since the infamous qualifier in November 1993 when they conceded a late goal to lose 2-1, a defeat that meant they missed out on a place at the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

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