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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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Euro 2020 qualifying roundup: Spain and Italy start with wins, Swiss beat Georgia

• Sergio Ramos scores Panenka in Spain’s 2-1 win over Norway• Italy beat Finland 2-0; Sweden defeat Romania 2-1The Spain captain Sergio Ramos scored another Panenka penalty to give his side a 2-1 home win over Norway in their opening Euro 2020 qualifie…

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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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Nations League round-up: Northern Ireland face relegation after Dzeko double

• Michael O’Neill’s side beaten 2-0 in Sarajevo• Switzerland relegate Iceland with 2-1 victoryNorthern Ireland were shown the value of clinical finishing as the Bosnia-Herzegovina captain, Edin Dzeko, condemned them to a third successive Nations League…

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Bosnia’s Saric gives Northern Ireland and Will Grigg too much to do

• Northern Ireland 1-2 Bosnia-Herzegovina• Will Grigg 90; Haris Duljevic 37, Elvis Saric 64Northern Ireland’s Nations League campaign got off to a frustrating start as they lost 2-1 to Bosnia-Herzegovina at Windsor Park despite dominating the match. Mi…

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Bosnia’s Saric gives Northern Ireland and Will Grigg too much to do

• Northern Ireland 1-2 Bosnia-Herzegovina• Will Grigg 90; Haris Duljevic 37, Elvis Saric 64Northern Ireland’s Nations League campaign got off to a frustrating start as they lost 2-1 to Bosnia-Herzegovina at Windsor Park despite dominating the match. Mi…

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Nations League: Northern Ireland v Bosnia-Herzegovina – live!

Updates from the Nations League game at Windsor ParkEmail Barry or tweet @bglendenningConfusion greets new Nations League format 1.40pm BST A weird nugget of trivia from Sky Sports: For unexplained reasons, Robert Prosinecki has only brought four defen…

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Nations League: Northern Ireland v Bosnia-Herzegovina – live!

Updates from the Nations League game at Windsor ParkEmail Barry or tweet @bglendenningConfusion greets new Nations League format 1.40pm BST A weird nugget of trivia from Sky Sports: For unexplained reasons, Robert Prosinecki has only brought four defen…

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Experimental USA side draw with Bosnia in international friendly

US use January training camp to evaluate young playersAmericans look to the future after failure to qualify for World CupIn previous World Cup years, the United States used their January training camp to evaluate young players for a tournament five mon…

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Where it went wrong for the teams who missed out on the World Cup

Fans from 21 countries explain why they will be staying at home next summer. Holland were unlucky, Italy were mismanaged and Mongolia were a disasterFive points out of a possible 18 from our games against Belgium, Greece and Cyprus proved fatal. Greece…

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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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Sead Kolasinac: the tree-like defender who can help to mould a tougher Arsenal

The new signing from Schalke was likened to a tree by a former coach for his robustness but he is also capable of playing in several positions and set up five Bundesliga goals last season

There was a twist this year to Arsenal’s annual late-season injection of hope in that it came with a change of formation. Can a conversion to a back three really, after all these years, be the recipe that actually delivers jam tomorrow? Yet it’s not even clear that Arsène Wenger intends to stick with a shape of which he was once openly scornful, and that means that every transfer, every rumour, will be analysed not merely in terms of the player, but for what it may indicate about Wenger’s vision of the future.

The free-transfer signing of the Bosnia-Herzegovina left-back Sead Kolasinac from Schalke on a five-year contract this week makes the picture very little clearer, but what he should offer is flexibility and a steeliness Arsenal have often lacked. Although Kolasinac was not a regular wing-back with Schalke or his country, and has made his reputation as tough, powerful defender, there seems little positional reason why he could not operate as either a left-sided central defender or as a wing-back – as well as in his more familiar full-back role. He has, after all, played 19 games for Schalke as a wide midfielder (and four more in the centre of midfield), even if his more obvious assets are defensive.

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Some teenagers play Football Manager. Ejdin Djonlic took his coaching badges

When Ejdin Djonlic realised he wouldn’t make it as a footballer, he started studying for his coaching badges. By the time he was 21, he had become the youngest coach to earn the Uefa A licence. Next stop: the Premier League

By Dave Bodymore for The Set Pieces, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Ejdin Djonlic is the youngest person in Europe to gain the Uefa A Licence. Now, aged 22, he is targeting a job as a Premier League manager – having already worked with Bosnia’s national team. Ejdin was born in Norway to Bosnian parents and decided at a young age that his abilities as a footballer were limited. Instead, he committed his time to analysing players and managers to develop his knowledge in the hope of following in the footsteps of his hero, José Mourinho.

He completed his first coaching badge, the Uefa C Licence, as a 15-year-old, at which stage he was already managing players of a similar age and producing curriculums for other coaches at his local club. Since then Ejdin has moved to England, where he has turned down opportunities to work with Premier League academies in favour of educating himself further. He became the youngest person in Norway to achieve the B Licence and travelled to Bosnia to complete his A Licence earlier this year.

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Greek Football Federation condemns fans for Srebrenica massacre banners

• EPO apologises to Bosnia-Herzegovina Football Federation for provocation
• Offensive signs were spotted during Sunday’s World Cup qualifier

The Greek Football Federation (EPO) has condemned a section of their fans after they held up offensive banners referring to the infamous 1995 Srebrenica massacre in the World Cup qualifier on Sunday against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Related: Is Greek football in crisis?

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Edin Dzeko sent off for pulling player’s shorts down in Bosnia World Cup qualifier

• Kyriakos Papadopoulos of Greece given straight red in resulting incident
• Match ended in 1-1 draw after dramatic late equaliser in injury time

Edin Džeko had the bare cheek to pull down an opposing player’s shorts in a bizarre twist to his country’s match with Greece on Sunday night, but the Bosnia-Herzegovina captain ended up seeing red when he was subsequently sent off.

Dzeko’s red card offence against Greece was pretty special. pic.twitter.com/9vXUoonmoO

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Edin Dzeko sent off for pulling player’s shorts down in Bosnia World Cup qualifier

• Kyriakos Papadopoulos of Greece given straight red in resulting incident
• Match ended in 1-1 draw after dramatic late equaliser in injury time

Edin Džeko had the bare cheek to pull down an opposing player’s shorts in a bizarre twist to his country’s match with Greece on Sunday night, but the Bosnia-Herzegovina captain ended up seeing red when he was subsequently sent off.

Dzeko’s red card offence against Greece was pretty special. pic.twitter.com/9vXUoonmoO

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Romelu Lukaku on target as Belgium hit Estonia for eight in qualifier

• Roberto Martínez’s side have won first three group matches
• Portugal, Holland and Switzerland among other sides to win

Romelu Lukaku helped give his former Everton manager Roberto Martínez a night to remember hit Belgium for eight against Estonia in their World Cup qualifier in Brussels.

The Red Devils have won their first three qualification games under Martínez and they impressed once more as they ran out 8-1 victors. Thomas Meunier headed the hosts ahead early on before Dries Mertens and the Chelsea forward Eden Hazard struck.

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Slovakia come from behind to humble world champions Germany

• Marek Hamsik, Michal Duris and Juraj Kucka on target in 3-1 victory
• Spain’s Nolito presses Euro 2016 claim in win over Bosnia Herzegovina

Slovakia stunned the world champions, Germany, with a 3-1 win in rain-soaked Augsburg on Sunday night.

Mario Gómez put Germany in front with a penalty, only for Marek Hamsik, Michal Duris and Juraj Kucka to turn the tide, the latter with the help of a terrible error by the goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

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Cristiano Ronaldo strikes to beat Belgium as Germany thrash Italy

• Portugal see off Belgians 2-1 in rearranged fixture
• Turkey comeback to down Austria, Iceland beat Greece

First-half goals from Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal a 2-1 win over Belgium in their friendly on Tuesday that was moved from Brussels after the attacks in the Belgian capital which killed 35 people, which Belgium’s players marked with special jerseys in the warm-up.

Nani broke down the left flank and curled a right-foot shot beyond the reach of the goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the 20th minute, and five minutes before the interval Ronaldo got his 56th international goal with a glancing header.

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The Dozen: the best photos from this week’s internationals

Tributes to Johan Cruyff, improvisational brilliance from Jamie Vardy, Cristiano Ronaldo’s missed penalty – the best images from the international friendlies

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