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Germany fight back to end Romania’s run and reach Euro Under-21 final

Germany win 4-2 with two stoppage-time goalsDefending champions will play France or SpainLuca Waldschmidt and Nadiem Amiri both scored in stoppage time as Germany came from behind to beat Romania 4-2 and reach the Euro Under-21 final.Amiri gave Germany…

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England all but out of European Under-21 finals after defeat to Romania

• Group C: England U21 2-4 Romania U21• Late Florinel Coman double sinks Aidy Boothroyd’s sideOne by one England’s players dropped to the ground in despair on the final whistle in Cesena. The curse of Romania and the European Championships had struck a…

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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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Kylian Mbappé rescues France against Iceland while Portugal see off Poland

• France score twice in last four minutes to draw 2-2 at home• Aleksandar Mitrovic double helps Serbia win in MontenegroFrance avoided an embarrassing defeat by Iceland with two goals in the last five minutes, including a last-gasp penalty from the sub…

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Football manager sent off after tripping opposition player – video

A football manager was sent to the stands in Romania for stopping a counter-attack by tripping an opposing winger. Emil Sandoi, coach of Argres Pitesti, who play in the Romanian second division, might argue he played the ball before the man – not that …

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The best ever World Cup match? Romania 3-2 Argentina at USA 94

Every football fan will have their own favourite World Cup game but this five-goal thriller takes some beatingBy Craig McCracken for Beyond The Last ManAsk a thousand football fans about the greatest match of their lifetimes and be ready for a thousand…

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Celtic’s 63-game unbeaten record is impressive but Steaua Bucharest hit 119

Celtic broke their own 100-year-old British record on Saturday but they still have some way to go if they are to match Steaua Bucharest’s European recordBy Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport NetworkWhen Celtic cruised pa…

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Gheorghe Hagi: ‘I took a lot of risks because of the passion I have for football’

Viitorul Constanta, the club Hagi formed eight years ago, have won the Romanian title and are about to enter the Champions League. So how has he done it?

Gheorghe Hagi has been talking for almost an hour when, not for the first time, he shoots a glance at the adjacent training pitch. Viitorul Constanta’s Under-17 and Under-19 squads are going through their paces under the late-afternoon sun and on several occasions there has been the sense that Hagi, watching from the corner of his eye, is having to restrain himself from darting across to correct certain imperfections. “Look at this,” he says, waving an arm out into the heat. “This is not about money; that’s the last thing for me. This is about work – work and dedication.”

Nobody leaves this smart facility, five kilometres from the beaches of Mamaia and their swarms of Black Sea holidaymakers, without that outlook being seared upon them but the fruits of Hagi’s work are about to go on show to the wider world. Viitorul’s senior team will play their first Champions League fixture on Wednesday when the Cypriot side Apoel visit for a third qualifying round first leg; they earned that right through winning Romania’s Liga I last season despite having one of its smallest budgets, a remarkable feat that outstripped every projection Hagi had made for his club when he founded it in 2009. At that point the professional squad was intended merely as a finishing school for the academy before it. The aim was to give something back to the sport that made him; to help young Romanian players become great, just as he had been. If their path has been accelerated beyond all imagining it is the result of a constant, clear vision that has left Viitorul’s more storied rivals trailing.

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Serena Williams accuses Ilie Nastase of racially abusing her and unborn child

US tennis great responds to controversial Romanian’s ‘chocolate with milk’ comment at Fed Cup tennis meeting in Romania

American tennis player Serena Williams has accused Ilie Nastase of racially abusing her and her unborn baby as she made her first response to comments the Romanian former world No 1 made about her.

Nastase was overheard on Friday at a press conference for the Fed Cup tie between Romania and Britain saying about the current world No 1’s unborn baby: “Let’s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?”

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Ilie Nastase faces censure for racist comments about Serena Williams

• Romanian heard to make remarks on eve of Fed Cup play-off
• International Tennis Federation understood to be investigating

Ilie Nastase could face censure after apparently making a racist comment about Serena Williams’ pregnancy on the eve of Romania’s Fed Cup play-off against Great Britain.

At a press conference to preview the tie in Constanta, which starts on Saturday, Romania’s captain was heard to say of Williams’ baby, due in the autumn: “Let’s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?”

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Germany beat Azerbaijan to extend winning run while Poland extend lead

• André Schürrle scores twice on return to Germany team
• Poland beat Montenegro to move six points clear in Group E

André Schürrle scored twice as Germany extended their perfect start in World Cup qualifying Group C to five games with a 4-1 win over Azerbaijan in Baku.

Preferred by the coach, Joachim Löw, to Mesut Özil in the starting line-up, Schürrle hit his side’s first and last goals in the 19th and 81st minutes after Dima Nazarov had briefly brought the hosts back level.

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Romania v Poland suspended after flare thrown at Robert Lewandowski

• Group E match held up for 10 minites after incident
• Lewandowski recovered to score Poland’s second goal

Kamil Grosicki scored a brilliant solo goal and Robert Lewandowski netted twice to give Poland a 3-0 win over Romania in a World Cup qualifier marred by crowd trouble on Friday.

Poland moved top of the group after the game at the National Arena in Bucharest was spoiled by crowd violence that forced Slovenian referee Damir Skomina to interrupt the game on two occasions.

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How Gheorghe Hagi went from Real Madrid to Barcelona … via Serie B

When Gheorghe Hagi needed a way out of Real Madrid in 1992, he moved to Brescia and became the key player in Mircea Lucescu’s Romanian revolution

By Richard Hall for The Gentleman Ultra, part for the Guardian Sport Network

It is hard to name many players who have sandwiched a quick jaunt at Brescia between spells at Real Madrid and Barcelona. It is even more bizarre to think that a player would leave Real Madrid for a newly promoted Serie A club, then endure relegation to Serie B, and only return to La Liga once promotion was secured and the Anglo-Italian Cup was won. Nevertheless, in the summer of 1992 the 27-year-old Gheorghe Hagi did just this, swapping Spain for Italy. Although not completely successful, this brief period allowed him to acquire cult status with the Biancazzurri.

Managing to attract famous players is something of a speciality for Brescia. Roberto Baggio, Pep Guardiola, Andrea Pirlo and Luca Toni have all walked the lush green boards of the Stadio Mario Rigamonti stage. Hagi and a few fellow Romania internationals started this trend, which would have made Brescia the hipsters’ club of choice (if hipsters had existed in the early 1990s).

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Euro 2016 power rankings: Croatia go top but problems for France

Croatia’s win over Spain puts them top of the pile, hosts France fail to impress with the pressure off, Germany show inconsistent flashes of brilliance while Iceland and Republic of Ireland’s late shows see them climb

The most notable thing from beating Spain is that without Luka Modric they remain a force to be reckoned with. Their record should have been 100% only for that bizarre collapse against Czech Republic – and, really, the disruptive element in their fanbase deserve as much blame as the players. Based on what we have witnessed so far, calling them dark horses is playing their chances down, especially now their path in the knockout stages is moderately easier on account of finishing above the reigning champions. While Modric and Ivan Rakitic are the star turns, Ivan Perisic has arguably been their best player. Defensively they are sound. And Mario Mandzukic could yet have a big impact in attack.

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France and Switzerland tear it up as Albania wait – Euro 2016 Football Daily

The podders look back on France’s 0-0 draw with Switzerland and Albania’s historic win against Romania: will it be enough for them to get through to the last 16? Plus, England ring the changes for Slovakia and Wales get ready for Russia

AC Jimbo is joined in the pod for tonight’s Football Daily by Michael Cox to reflect on the conclusion of Group A. Barney Ronay was in Lille to watch France’s latest unconvincing performance, while Iain Macintosh had the pleasure of watching all 90 minutes of Albania’s win against Romania.

Plus, we look ahead to tomorrow’s action. Lukáš Vráblik gives us an insight into England’s opponents Slovakia, while Sasha Goryunov tells us about the Russia-shaped stumbling block standing in Wales’ way to the last 16.

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Euro 2016 picture of the day: keep your eye on the ball

Romania’s goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu, left, and defender Vlad Chiriches can only stop and stare as the ball flies past them and into the net. Armando Sadiku’s header was the only goal of the game and gave Albania a famous victory – their first in a major tournament

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Armando Sadiku winner makes Albania history in win over Romania

A goal from striker Armando Sadiku helped Albania to a 1-0 victory over Romania at Euro 2016 to earn their first three points and a chance of advancing to the knockout stages. Sadiku scored Albania’s first goal in the finals of a major tournament with a header just before half time from a cross by Ledian Memushaj in their last group A clash. Romania fought back in the second half, and substitute Florin Andone rattled the Albanian bar with 15 minutes left, but otherwise their efforts were blocked time and again by determined Albanian defending.

The result leaves Albania third and Romania fourth, with just one point, in a group topped by France and Switzerland. The Albanians will have to wait for the results of the other groups to see whether they go through as one of the four best third-placed teams.

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Romania v Albania: Euro 2016 – live!

6.48pm BST

Slow, slow, quick; after two rounds of games, here begins the crucial third round; over the next four nights, we shall discover which teams progress to the knockout stages. “Almost all of them!” I hear you holler and yes, that is so. But it’s also so that no team is yet eliminated, which is going to make for one hell of a bagarre. Starting right here.

So, any win for Romania will probably be enough – and if France beat Switzerland, they might qualify in second place. Albania, meanwhile, are also not out of things, but need a thumping win followed by incompetence elsewhere.

10.41am BST

Daniel will be here soon enough. Until then, read how the Albania coach, Gianni De Biasi, is keeping himself upbeat by dangling a carrot full of incentives in front of his squad:

It may have been a wilful attempt to keep expectations at rock bottom but pre-tournament discussion in Albania centred for the most part on the nation’s happiness to have reached their first tournament. “A dream,” said the manager, Gianni De Biasi, on the eve of their opening game, intimating that the real achievement was just getting to France. Now they are two games in, the feeling must be some way different.

Before an eminently winnable group closer against Romania a sense of what might have been has crept in. The Switzerland match, where they fell behind early on but created numerous chances, slipped away on account of the captain Lorik Cana’s entirely avoidable sending off in the first half. Against France they defended brilliantly for 89 minutes before breaking at the death, conceding twice for a largely undeserved 2-0 defeat.

Related: Gianni De Biasi rues Albania’s missed chances as Romania eye last 16

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Euro 2016 power rankings: Spain set the tone as competitors stutter

A dominant performance against Turkey has the reigning champions on top, while Northern Ireland make a big climb on the back of beating Ukraine

By some distance, the best performance at the championship so far – no matter how willingly Turkey appeared to roll over and take a pummelling. The third goal was a beauty, even if Jordi Alba was a yard offside before teeing up Álvaro Morata. The move involved all outfield players apart from Gerard Piqué, and featured 21 passes. Same old Spain, then. Yet there was also a lingering sense that they can raise their game to another level. They toyed with Turkey for long spells and it does not bode well for the rest that Andrés Iniesta is on form, their oft (and incorrectly) criticised defence has barely allowed an opportunity, and Jordi Alba and Juanfran are insatiable at wing-back.

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Euro 2016: France bid for first place, Romania and Albania seek survival – video

Group A comes to a close on Sunday with the top two meeting each other and the bottom two facing off. France can take top spot with a win or a draw, while Switzerland will qualify if they avoid defeat. Albania and Romania both desperately need a win, a…