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England v Croatia: Euro 2020 – live!

Group D updates from the 2pm BST kick-off at WembleyInteractive special: complete guide to all 622 playersBarney Ronay: England are victims of blame gameAnd you can email rob.smyth@theguardian.com 12.11pm BST We have a separate liveblog for all the oth…

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Belgium v Russia: Euro 2020 – live!

Euro 2020 updates from the 8pm BST game in St PetersburgThe Fiver: sign up and get our email through the EurosAnd feel free to email your match thoughts to Rob 4.50pm BST Christian Eriksen is alive. This is not the opening line I expected to write for …

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The Euro 2020 Fiver: hope, hubris, resignation and despair

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!And so to Rome. And then Baku, and then Copenhagen, and we’d love to keep this up for all 51 games of the European Championship, thus fulfilling our word count for today’s Fiver without breaking into a…

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The Fiver | Selflessly embracing the silver lining by giving ourselves the afternoon off

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!After the spectacular success of 2009’s STOP FOOTBALL campaign, which was formally recognised by Fifa last year following an unrelated pandemic, The Fiver moved enthusiastically on to its next project:…

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The Fiver | Selflessly embracing the silver lining by giving ourselves the afternoon off

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!After the spectacular success of 2009’s STOP FOOTBALL campaign, which was formally recognised by Fifa last year following an unrelated pandemic, The Fiver moved enthusiastically on to its next project:…

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England v New Zealand: first Test, day one – live!

Over-by-over updates from the first day at Lord’sRoot sets England target of seven straight winsEmail Rob with your thoughts on the action 10.44am BST And this piece, from Tim de Lisle, has more good lines and observations than most writers manage in a…

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Morecambe v Newport County: League Two play-off final – live!

Minute-by-minute updates on the action at WembleyAdams aims to take Morecambe to new heightsAny comments? You can email Rob here 2.05pm BST Related: Morecambe miracle: Adams aims to take side to new heights at Wembley 2.02pm BST Morecambe are unchang…

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Morecambe v Newport County: League Two play-off final – live!

Minute-by-minute updates on the action at WembleyAdams aims to take Morecambe to new heightsAny comments? You can email Rob here 2.05pm BST Related: Morecambe miracle: Adams aims to take side to new heights at Wembley 2.02pm BST Morecambe are unchang…

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Morecambe v Newport County: League Two play-off final – live!

Minute-by-minute updates on the action at WembleyAdams aims to take Morecambe to new heightsAny comments? You can email Rob here 2.05pm BST Related: Morecambe miracle: Adams aims to take side to new heights at Wembley 2.02pm BST Morecambe are unchang…

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Blackpool v Lincoln City: League One play-off final – live!

Minute-by-minute coverage of the 3pm BST game at WembleyMichael Appleton: ‘My time with the Oystons was difficult as any’Any comments? You can email rob.smyth@theguardian.com 2.14pm BST Blackpool had a fairly comfortable passage to Wembley, beating Oxf…

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Villarreal v Manchester United: Europa League final – live!

Europa League final from the 8pm BST kick-off in GdanskSolskjær senses his moment | Emery plots United downfall Get in touch! Email Rob or tweet @United_Writing 6.24pm BST Here’s Paul Doyle’s Fiver, which includes the best and possibly only Gdansk joke…

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Premier League final day clockwatch: race for the top four and more – live!

Follow the race for Europe and all the 4pm (BST) gamesPremier League fans’ verdicts: parts one and twoGet in touch! Email Rob with your thoughts 1.51pm BST Hello and welcome to live coverage of the final day of the 2020-21 Premier League. It looks like…

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Premier League final day clockwatch: race for the top four and more – live!

Follow the race for Europe and all the 4pm (BST) gamesPremier League fans’ verdicts: parts one and twoGet in touch! Email Rob with your thoughts 1.51pm BST Hello and welcome to live coverage of the final day of the 2020-21 Premier League. It looks like…

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Real Madrid v Villarreal, Valladolid v Atlético: La Liga title race finale – live!

Updates as the title is set to be decided on the final dayLive scores: goals from the 5pm BST kick-offs in La LigaGet in touch! Send your thoughts to Rob via email 9.55am BST Hello. If Atletico Madrid win at Valladolid today, their graph will show that…

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Brentford v Bournemouth: Championship play-off semi-final, second leg – live!

Minute-by-minute updates on the Championship play-off action First leg report: Danjuma gives Bournemouth play-off advantageAny comments? You can email Rob 11.35am BST ? Dalsgaard, Emiliano, Mbeumo? Roerslev, Fosu, ForssYour Bees this afternoon #Bren…

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Brentford v Bournemouth: Championship play-off semi-final, second leg – live!

Minute-by-minute updates on the Championship play-off action First leg report: Danjuma gives Bournemouth play-off advantageAny comments? You can email Rob 11.35am BST ? Dalsgaard, Emiliano, Mbeumo? Roerslev, Fosu, ForssYour Bees this afternoon #Bren…

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Brentford v Bournemouth: Championship play-off semi-final, second leg – live!

Minute-by-minute updates on the Championship play-off action First leg report: Danjuma gives Bournemouth play-off advantageAny comments? You can email Rob 11.35am BST ? Dalsgaard, Emiliano, Mbeumo? Roerslev, Fosu, ForssYour Bees this afternoon #Bren…

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Tottenham v Aston Villa, Everton v Wolves: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from Wednesday’s gamesThe Fiver: read the latest edition of our daily emailAnd feel free to drop Rob an email with your thoughts 5.08pm BST – HWTL! ???? pic.twitter.com/Rq0KYDBv2MUnited make one change, Bogle comes in for Baldoc…

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The Fiver | Mr Roy and a career that was defined by modest excellence

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!A couple of years ago, The Fiver learned of a delightful concept called “the English goodbye”. (According to our cousin Theme Pub O’Fiver, it’s known more commonly as “the Irish goodbye”, but that does…

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Chelsea v Leicester City: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8.15pm BST kick-offRead the latest edition of our daily email, The FiverAnd you can contact Rob here with your thoughts 5.56pm BST This is the real quiz. It’s all well and good winning the FA Cup, but the real prize is q…