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Hungary cut down Wales after Gareth Bale fluffs the easiest of lines

Gareth Bale’s misery continued as he missed a gilt-edged chance and Wales were beaten by a late Hungary goal in their European Championship qualifier in Budapest.Bale – whose future at Real Madrid remains shrouded in uncertainty after a miserable end t…

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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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Ryan Giggs tells Wales players to focus amid concerns of abuse in Hungary

• Euro 2020 qualifying opponents sanctioned by Uefa for racism• ‘For me it’s all about concentrating on the game’ says GiggsRyan Giggs insists he has no concerns about his Wales players being targets for racist abuse during their Euro 2020 qualifier ag…

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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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Tamas Kadar own goal gifts Australia injury-time 2-1 win over Hungary

Arzani’s first Socceroos goal cancelled out by Sainsbury blunderKadar turned ball into his own net in 93rd minuteThree defensive howlers have produced three goals in Australia’s final hit-out on the road to the World Cup, with Daniel Arzani netting a d…

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World Cup stunning moments: the Miracle of Bern

Hungary were unbeaten in four years. West Germany had no chance. Yet in the 1954 final the underdogs produced one of the great World Cup shocksThe rain was teeming down in Bern and Hungary were about to win the World Cup. Ferenc Puskas had put the Migh…

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Matt Phillips goal gives Scotland morale-boosting win over Hungary

Matt Phillips kick-started Alex McLeish’s second Scotland reign as his first international goal sealed a 1-0 friendly victory over Hungary. The West Brom winger converted Ryan Fraser’s low cross in the 48th minute as he grew into his centre-forward rol…

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Viktor Orbán’s reckless football obsession

The Hungarian prime minister has been lavishing public money on his favourite sport for years. Could it be his undoing? By David Goldblatt and Daniel NolanWith one main street and a couple of grocery shops, Felcsút looks like any other sleepy Hungarian…

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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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How Croatia, Italy and Ireland fared in Europe’s first World Cup play-offs in 1997

A few of the teams facing play-offs for next summer’s World Cup have been here before. Croatia and Italy qualified 20 years ago … unlike the Republic of IrelandBy Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport NetworkOf the eight …

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Sweden’s Ola Toivonen scores from halfway line to earn late win over France

• Toivonen pounces on Hugo Lloris error as Sweden win 2-1 in Stockholm
• Andorra shock Hungary to earn first World Cup qualifying win since 2004

Ola Toivonen took advantage of a Hugo Lloris error to score an injury-time winner from inside his own half as Sweden beat France in their World Cup qualifier in Stockholm.

The Toulouse midfielder collected a low clearance from Lloris close to the halfway line and clinically lifted the ball into the empty net to earn a 2-1 victory that leaves the hosts top of Group A in qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

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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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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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Commentators take gloss off female Olympians’ efforts and medals

Media at Rio 2016 seen to be undermining women’s achievements by linking reports to their male partners

Related: Olympics rugby sevens: Australian women win gold against New Zealand

Media commentators are coming under fire for reports perceived to be undermining female Olympians’ achievements as record numbers of women take part in the Games.

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Euro 2016 power rankings: Germany and Italy on top as England nosedive

The world champions’ meeting with Antonio Conte’s team could be the game of the tournament, but only Wales are left to fly the flag for the home nations

Joachim Löw was lacking balance in his team – overstocked with No10s – during the group stage but Germany seemed far better going forward with Mario Götze relegated to the bench against Slovakia. The most notable thing of all, though, is die mannschaft are the only side yet to concede a goal and possess the tournament’s most consistently impressive player to date in Toni Kroos. Their quarter-final against Italy on Saturday night in Bordeaux will likely be the toughest game the world champions play – but it could also take a lot out of them before a likely semi-final against France.

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France show Republic of Ireland no mercy – Euro 2016 Football Daily

France rally against Ireland to advance to the quarter-finals, where they’ll be joined by Germany and Belgium, who saw off Slovakia and Hungary respectively. Plus, Spain and Italy prepare to face off once more, while Iceland await England

On tonight’s Eurotastic Football Daily, AC Jimbo is joined in the pod by James Horncastle and Alan Smith to look back on a far better day at the Euros than yesterday’s sorry fare.

We begin by analysing Belgium’s brutal dismantling of Hungary. Beware, Wales, beware.

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Eden Hazard sparkles as Belgium crush Hungary to set up Wales quarter-final

They made heavier weather of this than it might seem, but the Euro 2016 draw remains wide open for Belgium. For long spells they were exhilarating against a Hungary side whose open approach served them perfectly but, not for the first time, profligacy bred unnecessary nerves. In the end they saw the job through convincingly, late goals from Michy Batshuayi, Eden Hazard and Yannick Carrasco adding to Toby Alderweireld’s early header, although Wales will surely provide sterner opposition in the last eight.

Belgium needed to wear the garb of favourites convincingly and their task was done no harm by the withdrawal of Laszlo Kleinheisler, a brisk and incisive figure in the Hungary midfield, who suffered an injury in the warm-up. Hungary, the over-performers but suddenly understrength, replaced zip with bulk in the form of 6ft 3in Adam Pinter.

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Hungary v Belgium: Euro 2016 – live!

7.59pm BST

A late change for Hungary: Adam Pinter is in for Laszlo Kleinheisler, who was injured in the warm up.

That means they will now line up as follows: Kiraly; Lang, Juhasz, Guzmics, Kádár; Gera, Naghy Lovrencsics, Pinter, Dzsudzsák; Szalai.

7.57pm BST

The teams are out. The anthems are being belted out by some players. How do we reckon this one will go? The team with limited technical ability? Or the technical diamonds lacking teamwork?

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Euro 2016: Overperforming Hungary meet underachieving Belgium – video

Hungary scored the joint-most goals (six) in the group stage, putting three past Portugal in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Belgium managed to win six points, but benefitted from Sweden and Ireland wasting chances. Their defeat against Italy demonstrated their …