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Switzerland 5-2 Belgium: Nations League comeback takes hosts into finals

Haris Seferovic has now scored 17 international goals Haris Seferovic scored a hat-trick as Switzerland completed a scarcely believable comeback to thrash Belgium and reach the Nations League finals. Thorgan Hazard scored twice for Belgium in the opening 17 minutes, leaving the Swiss needing four goals to progress. Ricardo Rodriguez gave them hope with a penalty before Seferovic scored from close range and then smashed them into the lead. Nico Elvedi headed in their fourth before Seferovic’s third. Switzerland will now play in next June’s Nations League semi-final against hosts…

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Nations League: Northern Ireland 1-2 Austria

Middlesbrough midfielder George Saville was one of Northern Ireland’s best players against Austria A Valentino Lazaro goal with the last kick of the game won the Nations League clash for Austria against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park. NI looked set for their first point of the competition when Corry Evans hit a 57th-minute equaliser after Xaver Schlager’s goal eight minutes earlier. In the first half a Niall McGinn free-kick came within inches of putting Northern Ireland into the lead. Northern Ireland have lost all four matches in the new Uefa…

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England 2-1 Croatia: Kane seals Nations League finals spot for Southgate’s side

Harry Kane (right) was on a run of seven England games without a goal England staged a superb late comeback to beat Croatia at Wembley to reach the finals of the inaugural Uefa Nations League. Croatia, England’s World Cup semi-final conquerors in Moscow in July, looked set to inflict their curse once more and relegate Gareth Southgate’s side from the elite group when Andrej Kramaric’s twisting finish put them ahead via a deflection off Eric Dier after 57 minutes. England needed two goals to win the group and reach the…

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Albania 0-4 Scotland: Alex McLeish’s side stroll past 10-man Albania in Nations League

Steven Fletcher (centre) and Ryan Fraser (second right) scored in the first half for Scotland Scotland thumped 10-man Albania to go level on points with Israel at the top of Nations League Group C1. Ryan Fraser and James Forrest scored their first goals for Scotland, while a Steven Fletcher penalty was his first goal for his country in over two years. Albania’s chances were not helped by Mergim Mavraj’s red card after he headbutted Ryan Christie at 1-0. A win over Israel on Tuesday at Hampden will see Scotland win…

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Wales 1-2 Denmark: Wales lose to Denmark in Nations League

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale scored a late consolation goal for Wales Wales missed out on promotion to the Nations League’s top tier as they were beaten at home by Denmark, whose victory makes them Group B4 winners and guarantees them at least a play-off to qualify for Euro 2020. An attack-minded Wales side had several chances to take the lead but their defensive vulnerability was exposed shortly before half-time as they were expertly picked off by a Danish counter-attack, finished clinically by Nicolai Jorgensen. Ryan Giggs’ young team pushed…

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Croatia 3-2 Spain: Home win means England can still advance in Nations League

Tin Jedvaj scored twice for Croatia – his first two goals for his country Croatia gained a dramatic late winner to beat Spain in the Nations League – a result which keeps alive England’s hopes of winning the tournament. It means all three countries can finish top of Group A4, with England taking on Croatia in the last match on Sunday. Two goals from Tin Jedvaj, including one in the 93rd minute, gave the World Cup finalists the victory in Zagreb. Andrej Kramaric scored the hosts’ opener, with Spain’s goals…

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VAR set to be used in Premier League next season

Video assistant referees (VAR) is set to be used in the Premier League next season, after the clubs agreed in principle to the move. At a shareholders’ meeting today, clubs were provided with an update on this season’s VAR trials. The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and Fifa to use VAR next season. More to follow . Source link

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Richard Scudamore: Departing Premier League chief to receive £5m farewell gift

Richard Scudamore joined the Premier League in November 1999 as chief executive before becoming executive chairman in June 2014 Outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore will receive a £5m farewell bonus paid by clubs, the Premier League has confirmed. Scudamore will receive the payment over a three-year period “in recognition of his outstanding work”. He will remain with the Premier League in an advisory capacity. It comes after football fans urged clubs not to “stick their hands down the back of the sofa” and contribute to Scudamore’s departing gift. Scudamore –…

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Premier League: Susanna Dinnage to be named new executive chairman

Susanna Dinnage is set to be named as the new executive chairman of the Premier League, replacing Richard Scuadmore. Dinnage joins from media organisation Discovery, where she has been the global president of the Animal Planet channel. Scudamore, 59, is stepping down next month after 19 years at the organisation. More to follow. Source link

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