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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!

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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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Belarus Paralympians ‘upset and indignant’ at official waving Russian flag

• Chef de mission attacks incident at opening ceremony of Paralympics
• Nikolay Shudeyko: ‘We are all upset and completely indignant by such steps’

The chef de mission of the Belarus National Paralympic Committee has condemned the actions of the Belarusian sports ministry official who staged a protest against Russia’s ban from the Paralympics during Wednesday night’s opening ceremony. He said his team has been left “upset and indignant” at being exploited for political gain.

Related: Belarusian who marched with Russian flag kicked out of Paralympics

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Paralympics: Belarus stages pro-Russia protest during opening ceremony

Athletes supported Russia, banned from Games due to doping allegations, by carrying country’s flag during procession

The colour, noise and goodwill on show during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games was punctured when the Belarus team mounted a protest against the International Paralympic Committee’s decision to ban Russia from Rio 2016.

Sir Philip Craven, the president of the IPC, had earlier strongly defended the Russian Paralympic Committee’s total exclusion from the Paralympics, arguing that evidence of state-sponsored doping was effectively an attempt by Russia to legalise cheating for the benefit of their athletes. However, Belarus defied the IPC and risked sanctions by carrying a Russian flag into the Maracanã stadium during the parade of athletes. The flag was later confiscated and the IPC is understood to be considering how to proceed.

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Republic of Ireland lose to Belarus in warm-up friendly for Euro 2016

This was not part of the script – the Republic of Ireland’s last friendly before Euro 2016 ended in a surprise defeat by Belarus. While Martin O’Neill was hoping to receive clarity surrounding the final positions in his squad, the manager may have had more questions than answers at the conclusion of a desperately flat performance that improved only on the introduction of some first-choice players towards the end.

Goals from Mikhail Gordeichuk and Maksim Volodko earned Belarus an unexpected victory in Cork, although Stephen Ward pulled one back for Ireland in the 71st minute. Scouts from their group opponents Belgium and Sweden, plus French and Austrian representatives, were unlikely to depart the south coast perturbed by what they witnessed, regardless of the considerably weakened team.

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Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane a serious doubt for Euro 2016

• Striker pulled up in training with calf injury and will miss Belarus friendly
• Harry Arter a further worry after limping out of practice match clutching thigh

Robbie Keane, the Republic of Ireland captain, has been forced out of the pre‑Euro 2016 friendly against Belarus on Tuesdaynight with a calf injury and his manager, Martin O’Neill, has admitted that the veteran striker is now a serious concern for the tournament.

Keane pulled up during a training session in Dublin on Saturday morning and watched from the stands as the team prepared in Cork on Monday evening. He has received an injection but, with O’Neill to submit his final 23-man squad immediately after the game against Alyaksandr Khatskevich’s team, his inclusion is no longer certain.

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Northern Ireland ease to friendly win against Belarus to extend unbeaten run

Ignored by his club but indispensable to his country, Kyle Lafferty has made no secret of the fact that the European Championship represents “a shop window” to potential suitors this summer. The dress rehearsal unfolded to perfection against Belarus as the striker set Northern Ireland on course for their biggest victory in five years.

Lafferty, with his 17th goal in 50 international appearances, Conor Washington and the substitute Will Grigg – Michael O’Neill’s three forwards – were all on the scoresheet as Northern Ireland signed off from Windsor Park with a hugely encouraging display.

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Roy Carroll keen to extend Northern Ireland’s record unbeaten run

• ‘The aim is to go to France on a high,’ says veteran goalkeeper
• Michael O’Neill’s side have two more friendlies before Euro 2016 begins

Roy Carroll, the Northern Ireland goalkeeper, has said Michael O’Neill’s team will enter the European Championships “on a high” should they extend their historic unbeaten run over the next two matches.

Northern Ireland host Belarus at Windsor Park on Friday before playing their final friendly before Euro 2016 against Slovakia in Trnava next Saturday. The Belarus friendly represents O’Neill’s last chance to evaluate fringe players before announcing his squad for France in Belfast on Saturday, but Carroll insists extending the 10-game unbeaten run will be a priority at Windsor.

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Vicente del Bosque: Spain focused on Slovakia after 1-0 win against Belarus – video

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque and Belarus manager Alyaksandr Khatskevich comment on the performance of their teams after Spain beat Belarus 1-0 on Sunday. Spain’s attacking midfielder David Silva scored in the 45th minute to secure his team 1-0 vict…

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Vicente del Bosque: Spain focused on Slovakia after 1-0 win against Belarus – video

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque and Belarus manager Alyaksandr Khatskevich comment on the performance of their teams after Spain beat Belarus 1-0 on Sunday. Spain’s attacking midfielder David Silva scored in the 45th minute to secure his team 1-0 vict…