WORLD CUP 2018 QUALIFIERS NEWS
Argentina minus Lionel Messi slump to shock defeat in Bolivia

Argentina minus Lionel Messi slump to shock defeat in Bolivia

Bolivia took advantage of Lionel Messi's absence to claim a comfortable 2-0 victory, harming Argentina's hopes of World Cup qualification in La Paz on Tuesday.

Netherlands suffer shock qualifying defeat at Bulgaria

Netherlands suffer shock qualifying defeat at Bulgaria

Netherlands are in danger of failing to qualify for a second straight major tournament after losing 2-0 to Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku salvages late draw for Belgium against Greece

Romelu Lukaku salvages late draw for Belgium against Greece

Greece celebrated their independence day holiday by holding Belgium to a 1-1 draw in Brussels in World Cup qualifying on Saturday.

Olivier Giroud brace helps France win away to Luxembourg

Olivier Giroud brace helps France win away to Luxembourg

France saw off a spirited challenge from Luxembourg to win 3-1 at Stade Josy Barthel and stay clear at the top of World Cup qualifying Group A.

Cristiano Ronaldo guides Portugal past Hungary with two goals

Cristiano Ronaldo guides Portugal past Hungary with two goals

Cristiano Ronaldo teamed up with rising talent Andre Silva to score twice and lead Portugal past Hungary 3-0 in World Cup qualifying on Saturday.

Gianluigi Buffon leads Italy to victory in 1,000th career came

Gianluigi Buffon leads Italy to victory in 1,000th career came

Italy beat Albania 2-0 in World Cup qualifying as goalkeeper GIanluigi Buffon made his 1,000th professional appearance.

Spain control Israel to remain atop World Cup qualifying group

Spain control Israel to remain atop World Cup qualifying group

David Silva helped Spain move a step closer to next year's World Cup finals in Russia with a 4-1 victory over Group G rivals Israel in Gijon.

Messi penalty jumps Argentina to third in CONMEBOL standings

Messi penalty jumps Argentina to third in CONMEBOL standings

Lionel Messi scored the only goal as Argentina kept alive their hopes of World Cup qualification with a 1-0 win over Chile in Buenos Aires.

Paulinho hat trick puts Brazil on verge of World Cup qualification

Paulinho hat trick puts Brazil on verge of World Cup qualification

Paulinho hit a hat-trick as Brazil recorded a 4-1 victory over Uruguay in Montevideo to move seven points clear in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying standings.

Podolski scores stunning winner against England to end Germany career in style

Podolski scores stunning winner against England to end Germany career in style

Lukas Podolski scored the winner in his final international appearance as Germany defeated England 1-0 in Dortmund.

Argentina and Lionel Messi soar past Colombia in World Cup qualifying

Argentina and Lionel Messi soar past Colombia in World Cup qualifying

Lionel Messi's stunning free kick helped Argentina give their World Cup qualification hopes a timely boost with a 3-0 win over Colombia.

Brazil beat Peru to make it six qualifying wins in a row

Brazil beat Peru to make it six qualifying wins in a row

Manchester City-bound forward Gabriel Jesus scored one and set up another as Brazil made it six wins in a row with a 2-0 victory over Peru.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice but misses penalty as Portgual win

Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice but misses penalty as Portgual win

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace and missed a second-half penalty as Euro 2016 winners Portugal eased to victory in their World Cup qualifier against Latvia.

Mertens, Lukaku star as Belgium thump Estonia in qualifying

Mertens, Lukaku star as Belgium thump Estonia in qualifying

Belgium thumped Estonia 8-1 to make it four wins out of four in Group H of the World Cup qualifiers.

Memphis Depay double sparks Netherlands past Luxembourg

Memphis Depay double sparks Netherlands past Luxembourg

Memphis Depay scored two second-half goals to spare Netherlands' blushes in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying win in Luxembourg.

Spain set home record in smashing defeat of Macedonia

Spain set home record in smashing defeat of Macedonia

Spain's 4-0 win over Macedonia -- their 93rd home victory in a qualifying campaign -- set a new all-time record.

Italy beat Liechtenstein to keep pace with group leaders Spain

Italy beat Liechtenstein to keep pace with group leaders Spain

Andrea Belotti scored twice as Italy kept the pressure on Group G leaders Spain with a 4-0 win over Liechtenstein in Vaduz.

Mitrovic cancels out Bale opener in Wales-Serbia draw

Mitrovic cancels out Bale opener in Wales-Serbia draw

Wales suffered a World Cup blow as Serbia struck late on at the Cardiff City Stadium to earn a 1-1 draw.

England notch up three-goal win against Scotland at Wembley

England notch up three-goal win against Scotland at Wembley

England cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley, overcoming an uncertain opening spell to take all three points thanks to headed goals from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill.

Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet steer France to win over Sweden

Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet steer France to win over Sweden

France moved three points clear of Sweden at the top of Group A as they came from behind to beat them 2-1 thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet.

Serge Gnabry hits hat trick as Germany rout San Marino

Serge Gnabry hits hat trick as Germany rout San Marino

A Serge Gnabry hat trick helped Germany remain on top of Group C with an emphatic 8-0 defeat of San Marino at the Olimpico di Serravalle.

Poland beat Romania as crowd trouble mars Bucharest game

Poland beat Romania as crowd trouble mars Bucharest game

Robert Lewandowski scored twice for Poland but he is likely to remember the 3-0 World Cup Qualifying win in Romania for a different reason.

England battle to draw in Slovenia as Joe Hart stars

England battle to draw in Slovenia as Joe Hart stars

England needed a fine display from goalkeeper Joe Hart to scrape a goalless draw away to Slovenia in their 2018 World Cup qualification clash in Group F.

Draxler, Khedira goals help Germany control Northern Ireland

Draxler, Khedira goals help Germany control Northern Ireland

A pair of goals in four first-half minutes saw Germany coast to a 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Northern Ireland in Hanover.

Brazil cruise to 2-0 win over Venezuela despite Neymar absence in Merida

Brazil cruise to 2-0 win over Venezuela despite Neymar absence in Merida

Brazil moved to the top of the pile in the 2018 World Cup South American qualifying group with a 2-0 win over Venezuela.

Paraguay shock Argentina as struggles without Messi continue

Paraguay shock Argentina as struggles without Messi continue

Argentina's stuttering World Cup qualifying campaign continued as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Paraguay.

Paul Pogba's strike sends Dutch to first WC qualifying loss since 2001

Paul Pogba's strike sends Dutch to first WC qualifying loss since 2001

Paul Pogba scored a spectular long-range goal as France took control of Group A with a 1-0 win over Netherlands.

Andre Silva nets hat trick as Portugal roll over Faroe Islands

Andre Silva nets hat trick as Portugal roll over Faroe Islands

Andre Silva notched a first-half hat trick as Portugal strolled to a 6-0 win against the Faroe Islands in Torshavn.

Christian Benteke historic goal, hat trick help Belgium beat Gibraltar

Christian Benteke historic goal, hat trick help Belgium beat Gibraltar

Christian Benteke scored the quickest ever goal in World Cup qualifying to help Belgium to a comfortable 6-0 victory away at Gibraltar.

Costa and Nolito punish plucky Albania, but Ramos limps off injured

Costa and Nolito punish plucky Albania, but Ramos limps off injured

Spain overcame a spirited Albania with second half goals from Diego Costa and Nolito sealing a deserved victory - but there was concern as captain Sergio Ramos suffered a knee injury late on.

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Spain beat France in friendly with help of video assistant referee
France 0 - 2 Spain

Spain beat France in friendly with help of video assistant referee

Spain beat France 2-0 in a friendly at the Stade de France, where video replays played a significant role.

Eder, Leonardo Bonucci lead Italy to friendly win at Netherlands
Netherlands 1 - 2 Italy

Eder, Leonardo Bonucci lead Italy to friendly win at Netherlands

Italy beat Netherlands 2-1 at the Amsterdam ArenA in the first match since the sacking of Oranje head coach Danny Blind.

Sweden comeback sours Cristiano Ronaldo's homecoming in Madeira
Portugal 2 - 3 Sweden

Sweden comeback sours Cristiano Ronaldo's homecoming in Madeira

Cristiano Ronaldo scored on his emotional return home to Madeira, but Portugal squandered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Sweden in a friendly on Tuesday.

Brazil confirms Russia 2018 spot with comprehensive Paraguay win
Brazil 3 - 0 Paraguay

Brazil confirms Russia 2018 spot with comprehensive Paraguay win

Brazil continued their march towards next year's World Cup in Russia with a dominant 3-0 win over Paraguay.

Argentina minus Lionel Messi slump to shock defeat in Bolivia
Bolivia 2 - 0 Argentina

Argentina minus Lionel Messi slump to shock defeat in Bolivia

Bolivia took advantage of Lionel Messi's absence to claim a comfortable 2-0 victory, harming Argentina's hopes of World Cup qualification in La Paz on Tuesday.

Netherlands suffer shock qualifying defeat at Bulgaria
Bulgaria 2 - 0 Netherlands

Netherlands suffer shock qualifying defeat at Bulgaria

Netherlands are in danger of failing to qualify for a second straight major tournament after losing 2-0 to Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku salvages late draw for Belgium against Greece
Belgium 1 - 1 Greece

Romelu Lukaku salvages late draw for Belgium against Greece

Greece celebrated their independence day holiday by holding Belgium to a 1-1 draw in Brussels in World Cup qualifying on Saturday.

Olivier Giroud brace helps France win away to Luxembourg
Luxembourg 1 - 3 France

Olivier Giroud brace helps France win away to Luxembourg

France saw off a spirited challenge from Luxembourg to win 3-1 at Stade Josy Barthel and stay clear at the top of World Cup qualifying Group A.

Cristiano Ronaldo guides Portugal past Hungary with two goals
Portugal 3 - 0 Hungary

Cristiano Ronaldo guides Portugal past Hungary with two goals

Cristiano Ronaldo teamed up with rising talent Andre Silva to score twice and lead Portugal past Hungary 3-0 in World Cup qualifying on Saturday.

Gianluigi Buffon leads Italy to victory in 1,000th career came
Italy 2 - 0 Albania

Gianluigi Buffon leads Italy to victory in 1,000th career came

Italy beat Albania 2-0 in World Cup qualifying as goalkeeper GIanluigi Buffon made his 1,000th professional appearance.

Spain control Israel to remain atop World Cup qualifying group
Spain 4 - 1 Israel

Spain control Israel to remain atop World Cup qualifying group

David Silva helped Spain move a step closer to next year's World Cup finals in Russia with a 4-1 victory over Group G rivals Israel in Gijon.

Messi penalty jumps Argentina to third in CONMEBOL standings
Argentina 1 - 0 Chile

Messi penalty jumps Argentina to third in CONMEBOL standings

Lionel Messi scored the only goal as Argentina kept alive their hopes of World Cup qualification with a 1-0 win over Chile in Buenos Aires.

Paulinho hat trick puts Brazil on verge of World Cup qualification
Uruguay 1 - 4 Brazil

Paulinho hat trick puts Brazil on verge of World Cup qualification

Paulinho hit a hat-trick as Brazil recorded a 4-1 victory over Uruguay in Montevideo to move seven points clear in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying standings.

Podolski scores stunning winner against England to end Germany career in style
Germany 1 - 0 England

Podolski scores stunning winner against England to end Germany career in style

Lukas Podolski scored the winner in his final international appearance as Germany defeated England 1-0 in Dortmund.

Argentina and Lionel Messi soar past Colombia in World Cup qualifying
Argentina 3 - 0 Colombia

Argentina and Lionel Messi soar past Colombia in World Cup qualifying

Lionel Messi's stunning free kick helped Argentina give their World Cup qualification hopes a timely boost with a 3-0 win over Colombia.

Brazil beat Peru to make it six qualifying wins in a row
Peru 0 - 2 Brazil

Brazil beat Peru to make it six qualifying wins in a row

Manchester City-bound forward Gabriel Jesus scored one and set up another as Brazil made it six wins in a row with a 2-0 victory over Peru.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice but misses penalty as Portgual win
Portgual 4 - 1 Latvia

Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice but misses penalty as Portgual win

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace and missed a second-half penalty as Euro 2016 winners Portugal eased to victory in their World Cup qualifier against Latvia.

Mertens, Lukaku star as Belgium thump Estonia in qualifying
Belgium 8 - 1 Estonia

Mertens, Lukaku star as Belgium thump Estonia in qualifying

Belgium thumped Estonia 8-1 to make it four wins out of four in Group H of the World Cup qualifiers.

Memphis Depay double sparks Netherlands past Luxembourg
Luxembourg 1 - 3 Netherlands

Memphis Depay double sparks Netherlands past Luxembourg

Memphis Depay scored two second-half goals to spare Netherlands' blushes in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying win in Luxembourg.

Spain set home record in smashing defeat of Macedonia
Spain 4 - 0 Macedonia

Spain set home record in smashing defeat of Macedonia

Spain's 4-0 win over Macedonia -- their 93rd home victory in a qualifying campaign -- set a new all-time record.

Italy beat Liechtenstein to keep pace with group leaders Spain
Liechtenstein 0 - 4 Italy

Italy beat Liechtenstein to keep pace with group leaders Spain

Andrea Belotti scored twice as Italy kept the pressure on Group G leaders Spain with a 4-0 win over Liechtenstein in Vaduz.

Mitrovic cancels out Bale opener in Wales-Serbia draw
Wales 1 - 1 Serbia

Mitrovic cancels out Bale opener in Wales-Serbia draw

Wales suffered a World Cup blow as Serbia struck late on at the Cardiff City Stadium to earn a 1-1 draw.

England notch up three-goal win against Scotland at Wembley
England 3 - 0 Scotland

England notch up three-goal win against Scotland at Wembley

England cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley, overcoming an uncertain opening spell to take all three points thanks to headed goals from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill.

Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet steer France to win over Sweden
France 2 - 1 Sweden

Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet steer France to win over Sweden

France moved three points clear of Sweden at the top of Group A as they came from behind to beat them 2-1 thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet.

Serge Gnabry hits hat trick as Germany rout San Marino
San Marino 0 - 8 Germany

Serge Gnabry hits hat trick as Germany rout San Marino

A Serge Gnabry hat trick helped Germany remain on top of Group C with an emphatic 8-0 defeat of San Marino at the Olimpico di Serravalle.

Poland beat Romania as crowd trouble mars Bucharest game
Romania 0 - 3 Poland

Poland beat Romania as crowd trouble mars Bucharest game

Robert Lewandowski scored twice for Poland but he is likely to remember the 3-0 World Cup Qualifying win in Romania for a different reason.

England battle to draw in Slovenia as Joe Hart stars
Slovenia 0 - 0 England

England battle to draw in Slovenia as Joe Hart stars

England needed a fine display from goalkeeper Joe Hart to scrape a goalless draw away to Slovenia in their 2018 World Cup qualification clash in Group F.

Draxler, Khedira goals help Germany control Northern Ireland
Germany 2 - 0 Northern Ireland

Draxler, Khedira goals help Germany control Northern Ireland

A pair of goals in four first-half minutes saw Germany coast to a 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Northern Ireland in Hanover.

Brazil cruise to 2-0 win over Venezuela despite Neymar absence in Merida
Venezuela 0 - 2 Brazil

Brazil cruise to 2-0 win over Venezuela despite Neymar absence in Merida

Brazil moved to the top of the pile in the 2018 World Cup South American qualifying group with a 2-0 win over Venezuela.

Paraguay shock Argentina as struggles without Messi continue
Argentina 0 - 1 Paraguay

Paraguay shock Argentina as struggles without Messi continue

Argentina's stuttering World Cup qualifying campaign continued as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Paraguay.