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Lukaku scores twice and sends message to Eriksen in Belgium’s win over Russia

This was as comfortable an opening night as Belgium could have wanted and, in the circumstances, they will be mightily grateful. Russia barely asked a single question so Roberto Martínez’s team were able to pace themselves without coming close to full …

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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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Roberto Martínez upbeat as Belgium’s old guard have final tilt at major title

Vaunted golden generation hope to slay ghosts but De Bruyne and Witsel are unavailable for opening test against RussiaIt is almost three years since Roberto Martínez, offering a positive analysis as always but failing to mask his disappointment, sat in…

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Euro 2020 team guides part 8: Russia

The World Cup quarter-finalists combine a flexible formation and direct approach under the combative Stanislav CherchesovThis article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2020 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from …

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Aleksandr Sobolev: Russia’s Siberian striker who never gave up his dream

The big Spartak Moscow striker had to fight hard to reach an elite Russian club and is making up for lost timeThis article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2020 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 24 coun…

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Garry Kasparov: ‘Why become a martyr? I can do much more outside Russia’

The chess grandmaster on speaking out against Vladimir Putin and why he cannot choose the best player ever“I haven’t stopped my fight against the regime,” says Garry Kasparov, his words bristling with defiance and quiet rage. “I’m not lowering my voice…

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World Cup qualifying roundup: Ronaldo on target in Portugal win

Diogo Jota also scores as Portugal beat Luxembourg 3-1Netherlands defeat Gibraltar 7-0; Belgium 8-0 BelarusCristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal in the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign but then missed a sitter as Portugal were forced to come from b…

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Russian ice hockey player Timur Faizutdinov dies after being hit by puck

Nineteen-year-old was struck during game on FridayTeenager was in hospital over weekend before passing awayA 19-year-old Russian hockey player has died after being hit in the head by the puck during a game, his club and the league said on Tuesday.Defen…

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NHL star Artemi Panarin on leave after ‘intimidation’ over Navalny support

Winger has been critical of Vladimir Putin in pastAllegations emerged in Russia of assault on 18-year-oldNew York Rangers star Artemi Panarin is taking a leave of absence from the NHL team after allegations emerged in Russia that he beat up an 18-year-…

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NHL star Artemi Panarin on leave after ‘intimidation’ over Navalny support

Winger has been critical of Vladimir Putin in pastAllegations emerged in Russia of assault on 18-year-oldNew York Rangers star Artemi Panarin is taking a leave of absence from the NHL team after allegations emerged in Russia that he beat up an 18-year-…

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Move over Mariah! Leonid Slutsky sings ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ – video

Rubin Kazan manager Leonid Slutsky offers some Christmas cheer with his unique take on Mariah Carey’s festive hit ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. In a video released by the the Russian side the former Hull City, Russia and CSKA Moscow manager is see…

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Russia planned cyber-attack on Tokyo Olympics, says UK

Foreign secretary condemns ‘cynical and reckless’ bid to disrupt Games, before they were postponedRussian military intelligence services were planning a cyber-attack on the Japanese-hosted Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo this summer in a bid to disru…

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Euros calling: how the top 10 contenders for glory are shaping up

After a hectic run of international matches we run the rule over the teams most likely to thrive at delayed Euro 2020Didier Deschamps is a throwback. In a world of pressing and high lines, he is different. He sits his defence deep, gives the full-backs…

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Euros calling: how the top 10 contenders for glory are shaping up

After a hectic run of international matches we run the rule over the teams most likely to thrive at delayed Euro 2020Didier Deschamps is a throwback. In a world of pressing and high lines, he is different. He sits his defence deep, gives the full-backs…

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Nations League: Duffy rescues point for Republic of Ireland against Bulgaria

Group B4: Bulgaria 1-1 Republic of IrelandUkraine 2-1 Switzerland; Russia beat Serbia 3-1Republic of Ireland captain Shane Duffy left it late to ensure Stephen Kenny’s first game in charge did not end in defeat as his side fought back to secure a 1-1 N…

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‘The Kremlin wants me dead’: Russia’s sports doping whistleblower speaks out

Grigory Rodchenkov was head of Russia’s ‘anti-doping’ centre but, in 2015, he fled to the US. He talks to the Observer’s former Moscow correspondent about the lies, the truth and life on the runThe man in front of me is wearing a disguise. We are talki…

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Russian bid to host 2027 Rugby World Cup gets backing of Vladimir Putin

RRF prepares application to host tournamentAustralia favourite to win bidding processThe Russian Rugby Federation has confirmed the country is preparing an application to host the 2027 World Cup and that president Vladimir Putin is backing the bid.Russ…

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Russian bid to host 2027 Rugby World Cup gets backing of Vladimir Putin

RRF prepares application to host tournamentAustralia favourite to win bidding processThe Russian Rugby Federation has confirmed the country is preparing an application to host the 2027 World Cup and that president Vladimir Putin is backing the bid.Russ…

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World Athletics puts brakes on Russia return after $5m fine goes unpaid

Prospect of blanket ban on all Russian athletes increasesCoe warns Russia has fallen ‘well short of expectations’The prospect of a blanket ban on all Russian track and field athletes has increased after World Athletics froze the process allowing them t…

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My favourite game: Panini pest Zoltan Peter comes unstuck against USSR | Paul Doyle

Before the 1986 World Cup my brother and I had nearly 100 stickers of the Hungarian and we wanted him to lose, badlyBefore the internet ruined the World Cup there was wonder in ignorance. You could look forward to discovering great players and teams ab…