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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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Belgium v Scotland, Hungary v Wales and more: Euro 2020 qualifiers – live!

Live updates from Tuesday’s Euro 2020 qualifying gamesSign up for The Fiver and get our daily football emailAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 6.00pm BST No less than 11 European Championship qualifying fixtures kick off at 7.45pm BST…

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Belgium v Scotland, Hungary v Wales and more: Euro 2020 qualifiers – live!

Live updates from Tuesday’s Euro 2020 qualifying gamesSign up for The Fiver and get our daily football emailAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 6.00pm BST No less than 11 European Championship qualifying fixtures kick off at 7.45pm BST…

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Pierre Kompany’s long road from DRC camp to becoming Belgium’s first black mayor

Man City captain’s father is ex-student protester who fell foul of country’s 70s dictatorshipVincent Kompany’s life is the stuff of little boys’ and girls’ dreams. Scorer of a dazzling goal of the season, captain of Manchester City’s all-conquering Pre…

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Croatia beaten by Hungary, Hazard on target in Belgium win in Cyprus

The World Cup finalists Croatia continued their shaky start to qualifying with a 2-1 defeat to Hungary. They had taken an early lead in Budapest through Ante Rebic after 13 minutes but lacked defensive organisation and allowed Adam Szalai to draw Hunga…

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Euro 2020 qualifiers: Georginio Wijnaldum strikes for Netherlands

• Netherlands in easy 4-0 stroll against Belarus• World Cup finalists Croatia leave it late to beat Azerbaijan 2-1The Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum scored a rare goal as the Netherlands began their European Championship qualifying campaign i…

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Euro 2020 qualifiers and international football: 10 things to look out for

Giggs’s credentials under the microscope, Berahino’s Burundi opportunity and another international debut for RiceSpeaking to the Elis James Feast Of Football podcast last week, Ryan Giggs admitted Slovakia are his Wales side’s main rivals to qualify al…

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Women’s cycling race ‘neutralised’ as lead rider catches men’s race – video

The women’s half of a major cycling race in Belgium has been stopped after Swiss cyclist Nicole Hanselmann caught up to the men’s race. There was a ten minute gap between the start of the men and women’s annual Omloop Het Nieuwsblad around the Flemish …

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Women’s cycling race forced to pause after lead rider catches men’s race

Nicole Hanselmann made up gap on male racersMen’s race had set off 10 minutes before womenA cycling race in Belgium was thrown into disarray when the leader of the women’s race, which set off 10 minutes after the men’s, almost caught up with her male c…

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Leander Dendoncker: ‘There had to be a reason I wasn’t in Wolves’ team’

He had to wait until December for his big chance but there was no banging on the door by the midfielder from PasschendaeleGiven it was hailed as a coup when Wolves signed Leander Dendoncker last summer, it was surprising to see him sitting on the bench…

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Bargain-buy Axel Witsel conducts Borussia Dortmund’s ‘modern jazz’

Belgium midfielder was written off when he joined Tianjin Quanjian but a year later he is a vital cog in the BVB machineAt least Axel Witsel was honest. “I don’t deny the economic aspect was important and my choice was made especially with the money in…

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Bargain-buy Axel Witsel conducts Borussia Dortmund’s ‘modern jazz’

Belgium midfielder was written off when he joined Tianjin Quanjian but a year later he is a vital cog in the BVB machineAt least Axel Witsel was honest. “I don’t deny the economic aspect was important and my choice was made especially with the money in…

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Bargain-buy Axel Witsel conducts Borussia Dortmund’s ‘modern jazz’

Belgium midfielder was written off when he joined Tianjin Quanjian but a year later he is a vital cog in the BVB machineAt least Axel Witsel was honest. “I don’t deny the economic aspect was important and my choice was made especially with the money in…

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Chelsea should try to sign Thorgan Hazard – especially if Eden leaves

Thorgan Hazard was an inexperienced teenager when he signed for Chelsea in 2012. Now he is a star in the BundesligaBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredSaturday was a good day for the Hazard family, with both Eden and Thorgan playing decisive roles in victo…

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Manchester United’s next manager must get more from Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian striker did not have a single shot against Liverpool on Sunday and still has a lot to proveBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredIt’s official. José Mourinho is no longer the manager of Manchester United, with the club giving him the sack after a…

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Romelu Lukaku: bulking up for World Cup has hampered my club form

• Striker has had to lose muscle mass he put on for Belgium• ‘I wasn’t playing with enough intensity or aggression’Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he bulked up for Belgium’s World Cup campaign during the summer and admitted having to lose the added wei…

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Nations League roundup: Swiss stun Belgium with comeback to reach finals

• Haris Seferovic hat-trick as Switzerland win 5-2• Relegated Northern Ireland lose 2-1 to AustriaHaris Seferovic scored a hat-trick as Switzerland recovered from conceding two early goals to beat World Cup semi-finalists Belgium 5-2 on Sunday and qual…

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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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José Mourinho criticises national teams over Manchester United injuries

• Fellaini, Dalot, Sánchez and McTominay not sent back home• Manager says injuries to blame for Sánchez’s strugglesJosé Mourinho has criticised Belgium, Portugal, Chile and Scotland for their treatment of Manchester United players over the recent inter…

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Belgium top Fifa rankings while win in Spain lifts England to fifth

• Belgium take outright top spot after sharing it with France• England’s ranking is their best for more than five yearsBelgium have edged ahead of France to take outright top spot in Fifa’s world rankings while England have moved into the top five off …