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Euro 2020 roundup: Ronaldo hits 700th career goal, Giroud on target again

• Yarmolenko also nets as Ukraine edge out Portugal • Mitrovic double downs Lithuania, France held by TurkeyCristiano Ronaldo scored his 700th career goal when he converted a 72nd-minute penalty in Portugal’s Euro 2020 qualifier defeat by Ukraine.The 3…

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Euro 2020 roundup: Kanté injured in warm-up as France sink Iceland

• N’Golo Kanté was due to start but picked up injury in warm-up• France and Turkey top of Group H; Portugal and Ukraine winOlivier Giroud scored the only goal from the penalty spot as world France claimed a 1-0 victory in their crunch Euro 2020 qualifi…

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Judge who convicted Geoffrey Boycott: I stand by my verdict

‘I cannot believe he’s being received by the Queen,’ says French judge The French judge who convicted Geoffrey Boycott of assaulting his girlfriend has criticised the former England cricketer after he was knighted and says she stands by her decision to…

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Euro 2020 roundup: Ronaldo gets four, France stroll it, Czechs bounce back

• Ronaldo takes international tally to 93 in 5-1 win over Lithuania• Czech Republic leapfrog Kosovo with 3-0 victory in MontenegroPortugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo took his international goals tally to 93 when he scored four times to give the European…

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Euro 2020 roundup: France find it easy after Albania anthem embarrassment

• 4-1 win for world champions follows Stade de France PA gaffe• Portugal get campaign on track with 4-2 win in SerbiaA weakened France side scored four goals for the fourth time in five Euro 2020 qualifiers as the Group H leaders swept aside Albania 4-…

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Why homophobic incidents are scarring French football

A standoff between ultras and authorities forms the backdrop to banners and chants that have brought games to a haltAt the offices of France’s Ligue de Football Professionel on Rue Léo Delibes, the hope had been that Thursday would deliver a first step…

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Emiliano Sala and crash pilot ‘probably poisoned by fumes’

Toxicology tests on footballer’s body show fatal levels of carbon monoxide exposureThe footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were probably poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes in their small plane that crashed in the Channel in January, invest…

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Franky Zapata: French inventor crosses Channel by hoverboard – video

French inventor Franky Zapata has successfully crossed the Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard on his second attempt, after being knocked off balance during his first try last month. The 22-mile trip from Sangatte in northern France took Zapata 20 minu…

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Blood, rain and cheers: Tour de France 2019 – in pictures

With 21 stages of racing for 176 riders from 22 teams – over a distance of 3,480km – this year’s Tour comes to an end in Paris, so here are some of our favourite images from the last three weeksThe race brings highs and lows for the riders, both in the…

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From VAR drama to a viral video: six key Women’s World Cup moments

After 50 games and 141 goals we pick some of the tournament’s most significant talking points before its final weekendWhen the Lionesses captain, Steph Houghton, stepped up to the penalty spot the weight of England’s hopes and dreams were on her should…

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USA emerge as World Cup favorites as hosts France crack under pressure

The US are two wins away from repeating as World Cup champions after a night where head coach Jill Ellis pushed all the right buttonsMegan Rapinoe hoped that it would be “a total shitshow circus” and Friday’s quarter-final between the US and France del…

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Rapinoe and Henry: a tale of two leaders defines USA’s win over France

While the American looked calm before Friday’s quarter-final, her French counterpart was grim-faced. That contrast continued on to the fieldAmandine Henry, the decorated France captain, came out of the locker room before Friday’s World Cup quarter-fina…

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‘You can’t win without gay players,’ says USA’s World Cup hero Megan Rapinoe

• Coach Jill Ellis is unconcerned at Rapinoe speaking out• France’s Corrine Diacre will not quit after 2-1 defeatMegan Rapinoe showed no sign of stemming her outspoken ways after scoring the goals that saw USA march one step closer towards the World Cu…

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Megan Rapinoe double sends USA past France and into England semi-final

It was fitting that Megan Rapinoe, the focus of unwanted presidential attentions before the game, was the player to power the US into a semi-final with England, her two goals emphatically ending France’s hopes of a men’s and women’s World Cup double.“L…

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France v USA: Women’s World Cup quarter-final – live!

Winners will play England in Tuesday’s semi-finalEmail Beau with your thoughts or tweet @duresport 8.06pm BST Rapinoe’s free kick goes into traffic and emerges on the other side. Surely it was deflected? 8.05pm BST 5 min: We spend a rather long time se…

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‘Only winning the World Cup will satisfy England’s players,’ admits Fran Kirby

• Chelsea forward determined to avoid third successive semi loss• Kirby says facing USA or France holds no fear for EnglandFran Kirby has admitted reaching the World Cup semi-final is not enough and is determined to avoid the heartache that has seen En…

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Women’s World Cup 2019 power rankings: USA top, Germany rising

The United States are the only team from outside Europe in the quarter-finals, in which England will play with the jury still outSpain have lifted the air of infallibility around the world champions but the USA are the title holders for a reason. Spain…

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USA relish ‘a total circus’ as they set up France World Cup showdown

Arguably the two best teams at the World Cup will meet in the quarter-finals. And the reigning champions got the test they perhaps needed against Spain on MondayThe US are through to the quarter-final of the World Cup after a less-than-convincing 2-1 w…

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Amandine Henry edges France past Brazil and into quarter-final

Captain Amandine Henry steered hosts France into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with the extra-time winner in a victory over Brazil.After Thaisa had cancelled out Valerie Gauvin’s 52nd-minute opener just after the hour mark, Henry settled a tense …

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France v Brazil: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!

Keep up with all the action from the 8pm BST kick-offGolden Boot: top scorers for France 2019Feel free to email Will or to tweet: @Will_Unwin 7.15pm BST I just did the MBM on this madness, too … Related: England beat Cameroon to reach quarter-finals …