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Bruma fires rocket to seal routine win for Portugal against Scotland

Scotland ended a difficult week in no better shape following a 3-1 defeat to Portugal in their low-key friendly at Hampden Park.Alex McLeish made six changes to the side which performed abysmally in the 2-1 Nations League defeat to Israel on Thursday n…

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Scotland v Portugal: International friendly — live!

Live updates from Hampden Park, kick-off 5pm (BST)Investments are protected and for now Ronaldo is too big to failEmail Nick or tweet @NickAmes82 4.05pm BST Scotland: Gordon, O’Donnell, Robertson, Hendry, McKenna, McGinn, Forrest, Armstrong, McBurnie, …

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Kieran Tierney’s own goal in Israel deals Scotland Nations League defeat

• Israel 2-1 Scotland• Peretz 52, Tierney 74og; Mulgrew 25Kieran Tierney’s own goal consigned Scotland to a Nations League defeat in Israel after the visitors threw away a half-time lead.Alex McLeish’s side looked to be on their way to victory when Cha…

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Nations League: 10 things to look out for in the international matches

Montenegro and Serbia’s historic meeting, unhappy memories for England and the Republic of Ireland, and Georgi Petkov’s international return – at 42Twelve years after Montenegro achieved independence and 11 years after they were formally recognised by …

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Nations League: 10 things to look out for in the international matches

Montenegro and Serbia’s historic meeting, unhappy memories for England and the Republic of Ireland, and Georgi Petkov’s international return – at 42Twelve years after Montenegro achieved independence and 11 years after they were formally recognised by …

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Theresa May backs joint UK and Ireland bid to host 2030 World Cup

Prime minister says future bid would have full support after Labour backed it in JulyThe government has joined the Labour party in offering to support a joint bid from the UK and Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup.The football associations of England, …

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As football tickets go digital, we lose more than pieces of paper

Smart cards are replacing ticket stubs, which may be good for the environment but it’s not so satisfying for sentimental fansBy Alex Anderson for WSC, part of the Sport NetworkIt’s 1983. I’m 13, about to attend my first football match outside Scotland,…

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Steven Naismith strikes to give Scotland hope of Nations League salvation

• Scotland 2-0 Albania • Xhimshiti 47og; Naismith 68There was no acceptable alternative to victory for Alex McLeish in this, Scotland’s Nations League opener. The manager – unmoved from the pitchside for 90 minutes in pouring rain – knew that all right…

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Scotland v Albania, Portugal v Italy and more: Nations League – live!

Nations League updates from the latest set of gamesFootball Weekly: the pod on the Nations League so farAnd feel free to email Ben or tweet him @benfisherj 6.58pm BST Headline team news: Allan McGregor is preferred to Craig Gordon in goal, Stephen O’Do…

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Alex McLeish expectant of upturn in Scotland fortunes after sticky start

• Scotland have won just one match in previous five • McLeish: ‘This is where it really begins’It would be unfair – for now – to draw comparisons between this Scotland setup and Only Fools and Horses. Nonetheless, smiles were inevitable on Sunday as Al…

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Scotland’s women footballers help to ease 20 years of hurt

A place in next year’s Women’s World Cup in Paris has allowed fans to be proud of their national game againOn a little artificial pitch in the middle of a North Lanarkshire housing scheme on Saturday morning there was all the evidence you ever needed t…

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Scotland manager Alex McLeish under pressure to deliver Albania win

• Hosts beaten 4-0 by Belgium in Friday’s friendly • One win from five matches since McLeish’s returnIf it seems extreme to be in the territory of must-win matches within seven months of an international managerial appointment, Alex McLeish has become …

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Sparse crowd at Hampden see Alex McLeish’s men put to the sword thanks to rampant second-half display by Belgians

Sparse crowd at Hampden sees Alex McLeish’s men put to the sword thanks to rampant second-half display by BelgiansWhat a morale-sapping exercise this quickly regressed into for Scotland. Those unconvinced by the regime of Alex McLeish – and there are p…

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St Mirren name Coleraine coach and PE teacher Oran Kearney as new manager

• Kearney replaces Alan Stubbs at Scottish Premiership club• First match is at home to Celtic on Friday nextScottish Premiership side St Mirren have appointed Oran Kearney, a PE teacher and manager of Coleraine in Northern Ireland, to replace the sacke…

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Scotland’s Andy Robertson relishing captaincy as McLeish hopes for new era

• Young Scot will lead team out to face Belgium at Hampden• Robertson set to be deployed as wing-back alongside back threeAndy Robertson’s career regularly prompts flashbacks. The most pertinent one for now relates to 16 July 2014 and a Dundee United p…

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International football and Nations League: 10 things to look out for

Leroy Sané can play himself back into the Germany side, Luke Shaw has a chance to impress while Argentina must attempt to move on from Lionel MessiThere are three new faces in Germany’s squad, with Joachim Löw freshening up the group by picking Bayer L…

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International football and Nations League: 10 things to look out for

Leroy Sané can play himself back into the Germany side, Luke Shaw has a chance to impress while Argentina must attempt to move on from Lionel MessiThere are three new faces in Germany’s squad, with Joachim Löw freshening up the group by picking Bayer L…

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England ‘have spoken to’ West Ham’s Declan Rice, says Martin O’Neill

• Rice left out of O’Neill’s latest Republic of Ireland squad• O’Neill: ‘He is making his mind up … I’m giving him time’Martin O’Neill has left West Ham defender Declan Rice out of his latest Republic of Ireland squad – and claims England have spoken…

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Ex-Celtic youth coach jailed after admitting sexual assault

Jim McCafferty sentenced to three years and nine months for offences against a boy A former Celtic football club youth coach has been jailed for three years and nine months after admitting eight counts of sexual assault.Jim McCafferty, 72, initially pl…

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Two Croatians stabbed in Glasgow before Rangers match

Osijek fans injured in mass brawl involving 40 people before Thursday’s Europa League clashTwo Croatian football fans were stabbed during a mass brawl before Rangers’ Europa League clash with Osijek in Glasgow.The two men, aged 24 and 40, were injured …