Belgium take outright top spot in FIFA rankings

Belgium take outright top spot in FIFA rankings

Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates during their UEFA Nations League  match aganist Switzerland at King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels on October 12. (REUTERS/Francois Lenoir)   ZURICH, October 25 (Reuters):  Belgium have edged ahead of France to take outright top spot in FIFA’s world rankings released on Thursday while tiny Gibraltar were the biggest […]

Dutch hope win over Germany steers them back on course

Dutch hope win over Germany steers them back on course

Netherlands’ Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring their first goal (REUTERS/Piroschka Van de Wouw) AMSTERDAM, October 14 (Reuters): Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk hopes their 3-0 win over Germany in Saturday’s Nations League game marks a turning point for the team after barren years.   “Let’s hope that is the case. We haven’t been on this […]

Soccer – Croatia hold wasteful England in empty stadium

Soccer – Croatia hold wasteful England in empty stadium

England’s Eric Dier in action with Croatia’s Luka Modric (REUTERS/Antonio Bronic)   RIJEKA, Croatia, October 13 (Reuters): England wasted several gilt-edged chances as they were held to a 0-0 draw away to World Cup runners-up Croatia in a Nations League top-tier Group 4 clash behind closed doors on Friday.   Eric Dier and Harry Kane […]

Soccer – Brazil fail to sparkle in 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia

Soccer – Brazil fail to sparkle in 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Omar Hawsawi in action with Brazil’s Renato Augusto (REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser)   RIYADH, October 13 (Reuters): Goals near the end of each half from Gabriel Jesus and Alex Sandro gave Brazil a 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Friday in an unusually subdued performance by the five-times world champions.   Brazil had scored […]

Soccer: Ajax show Dutch courage to earn deserved point in Munich

Soccer: Ajax show Dutch courage to earn deserved point in Munich

Ajax’s Noussair Mazraoui and Matthijs de Ligt in action with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (REUTERS/Andreas Gebert)   MUNICH, October 3 (Reuters): Fullback Noussair Mazraoui earned a youthful Ajax side a 1-1 draw at misfiring Bayern Munich in their Champions League Group E clash at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.   The visitors had the better […]

Mourinho’s woes multiply as Manchester Utd flop again at West Ham

Mourinho’s woes multiply as Manchester Utd flop again at West Ham

Manchester United’s David de Gea looks dejected after West Ham’s third goal on September 29 )REUTERS/Eddie Keogh)   London, September 29 (REUTERS): Manchester United’s troubled season hit a new low on Saturday as Jose Mourinho saw his gamble on introducing a new tactical system backfire with an insipid 3-1 defeat to West Ham United in the […]

Lazio goes from villain to hero as Roma win derby

Lazio goes from villain to hero as Roma win derby

AS Roma’s Federico Fazio celebrates scoring their third goal with Bryan Cristante on September 29 (REUTERS/Tony Gentile)   ROME, September 29 (Reuters):  Roma defender Federico Fazio went from villain to hero as his side continued their recent dominance over neighbours Lazio with a 3-1 win in a pulsating Derby della Capitale on Saturday.   Fazio […]

French pair show tactics count more in Europe

French pair show tactics count more in Europe

Lyon’s Nabil Fekir in action with Manchester City’s Fernandinho. (Reuters Photo)   MANCHESTER, SEPTEMBER 20 (REUTERS): A day after Paris St Germain were beaten 3-2 by Liverpool, a far less fancied French side, Olympique Lyonnais, produced the surprise result of the Champions League’s opening round by beating Premier League winners Manchester City.   PSG have […]

Soccer: Derby manager Lampard fined after being sent off

Soccer: Derby manager Lampard fined after being sent off

September 18 (Reuters): Derby County manager Frank Lampard was fined 2,000 pounds ($2,600) by the English Football Association on Tuesday after admitting to a misconduct charge.   The former Chelsea midfielder was sent to the stands during his team’s 1-0 Championship defeat by Rotherham United on Saturday for leaving his technical area to argue with […]

Soccer: Relentless Liverpool sweep aside Tottenham to stay top

Soccer: Relentless Liverpool sweep aside Tottenham to stay top

Tottenham’s Erik Lamela scores their first goal on September 15. (Reuters)   September 15 (Reuters): Liverpool continued their perfect start to the season to stay top of the Premier League after a goal in each half gave them a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday.   Georginio Wijnaldum picked the perfect time […]

Soccer: Teenager Garces saves Atletico’s blushes against Eibar

Soccer: Teenager Garces saves Atletico’s blushes against Eibar

Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann in action with Eibar’s Anaitz Arbilla on September 15 (REUTERS)   MADRID, September 15 (Reuters): Atletico Madrid averted an embarrassing home defeat to minnows Eibar by drawing 1-1 thanks to a strike from teenage debutant Borja Garces deep in injury time but continued their poor start to the La Liga season.   […]

Soccer: Fraser doubtful for Leicester clash with hamstring injury

Soccer: Fraser doubtful for Leicester clash with hamstring injury

September 14, (Reuters): Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Fraser is a doubt for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Leicester City after sustaining a hamstring injury on international duty with Scotland, manager Eddie Howe said on Friday.   Fraser played the full 90 minutes of Scotland’s 4-0 defeat by World Cup semi-finalists Belgium in a friendly at Hampden […]

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