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United States will miss the 2018 World Cup after loss to Trinidad and Tobago

United States will miss the 2018 World Cup after loss to Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago beat the United States 2-1 in the team's final Hexagonal World Cup qualifier, meaning the Americans will miss out on the game's biggest tournament in Russia in 2018.

Netherlands eliminated from World Cup contention despite win

Netherlands eliminated from World Cup contention despite win

Sweden secured a spot in the UEFA World Cup qualifying playoffs despite losing 2-0 to Netherlands, whose elimination was confirmed.

Portugal defeat Switzerland to secure berth at 2018 World Cup

Portugal defeat Switzerland to secure berth at 2018 World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal confirmed their spot at the 2018 World Cup by beating Switzerland 2-0 in their final UEFA qualifier on Tuesday.

Antoine Griezmann leads France to win and place at 2018 World Cup

Antoine Griezmann leads France to win and place at 2018 World Cup

Antoine Griezmann scored one and made another as France secured World Cup qualification with a narrow 2-1 victory over Belarus in Paris.

Antonio Candreva's goal enough to give Italy victory in Albania

Antonio Candreva's goal enough to give Italy victory in Albania

Antonio Candreva's second-half strike was enough for Italy to end their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory in Albania.

McClean goal lifts Rep. of Ireland into playoff

McClean goal lifts Rep. of Ireland into playoff

James McClean sent the Republic of Ireland into a World Cup playoff as Wales' hopes of qualification were ended by a 1-0 defeat in Cardiff.

Serbia seal World Cup berth as Croatia reach play-offs

Serbia seal World Cup berth as Croatia reach play-offs

Serbia qualified for the 2018 World Cup after a 74th-minute goal by substitute Aleksandar Prijovic gave them a 1-0 home win over Georgia on Monday and enabled them to finish top of Europe's Group D with 21 points from 10 games.

Iceland down Kosovo to qualify for World Cup for first time

Iceland down Kosovo to qualify for World Cup for first time

Iceland reached the World Cup for the first time when they beat Kosovo 2-0 on Monday to finish top of Group I and qualify for next year's finals in Russia.

Illarramendi stunner ensures Spain finish campaign unbeaten

Illarramendi stunner ensures Spain finish campaign unbeaten

Spain ended their qualification campaign by beating Israel 1-0 on a frustrating night at the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem.

Robert Lewandowski helps Poland seal World Cup berth with Montenegro win

Robert Lewandowski helps Poland seal World Cup berth with Montenegro win

Poland sealed their first World Cup spot since the 2006 tournament after an early onslaught and a late flourish, including a goal from the excellent Robert Lewandowski, gave them a 4-2 home win over Montenegro on Sunday.

Germany beat Azerbaijan to maintain perfect qualification record

Germany beat Azerbaijan to maintain perfect qualification record

Leon Goretzka inspired Germany to a 5-1 rout over Azerbaijan as the defending champions wrapped up their World Cup qualification campaign in style.

Harry Kane penalty enough to seal dull England win over Lithuania

Harry Kane penalty enough to seal dull England win over Lithuania

England once again disappointed in victory as Gareth Southgate's men stuttered against Lithuania in the final competitive match before next summer's World Cup.

Egypt qualify for Russia 2018 with late Mohamed Salah goal

Egypt qualify for Russia 2018 with late Mohamed Salah goal

Egypt became the second African nation after Nigeria to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup following a last-gasp 2-1 win against Congo-Brazzaville.

Italy finish second place in Group G after Macedonia draw

Italy finish second place in Group G after Macedonia draw

Giampiero Ventura's misfiring Italy limped into the uncertainty of the World Cup qualifying playoffs after being held to a 1-1 draw by Macedonia in Turin.

Spain book Russia spot with comfy defeat of Albania

Spain book Russia spot with comfy defeat of Albania

Spain sealed their place in next year's World Cup finals with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Albania in a match which saw La Roja centre-back Gerard Pique once again the target of whistles and jeers.

Bayern confirm Jupp Heynckes as manager until end of season

Bayern confirm Jupp Heynckes as manager until end of season

Bayern Munich have confirmed the appointment of former head coach Jupp Heynckes until the end of the season.

Carlos Lampe the hero as Brazil draw vs. Bolivia in La Paz

Carlos Lampe the hero as Brazil draw vs. Bolivia in La Paz

Brazil and Bolivia played an entertaining 0-0 draw in a game that did nothing to change either side's World Cup fate on Thursday.

Argentina's World Cup hopes in trouble after goalless draw vs. Peru

Argentina's World Cup hopes in trouble after goalless draw vs. Peru

Argentina are in peril of missing their first World Cup since 1970 after they were held to a 0-0 draw against Peru.

Germany seal place in World Cup finals with comfortable victory over Northern Ireland

Germany seal place in World Cup finals with comfortable victory over Northern Ireland

Germany will be in Russia next summer to defend their World Cup crown having sealed their qualification by inflicting a first competitive home defeat on Northern Ireland in four years.

Harry Kane sends England to Russia World Cup with stoppage-time winner

Harry Kane sends England to Russia World Cup with stoppage-time winner

England claimed their place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia courtesy of a late Harry Kane goal against Slovenia on Thursday night, while a 10-man Slovakia were beaten 1-0 by Scotland.

Isco double fuels Real Madrid to first home La Liga victory

Isco double fuels Real Madrid to first home La Liga victory

Isco struck twice as champions Real Madrid beat Espanyol 2-0 to claim their first home win of the season in La Liga on Sunday.

Juventus drop to second after Atalanta rally to earn 2-2 draw

Juventus drop to second after Atalanta rally to earn 2-2 draw

Juventus let slip a two-goal lead, while Paulo Dybala also had a late penalty saved in a 2-2 draw with Atalanta.

Marseille beat Nice behind Ocampos double

Marseille beat Nice behind Ocampos double

Lucas Ocampos scored twice as Marseille recovered from a terrible start to beat Nice 4-2 in the Mediterranean derby in Ligue 1.

Roma doom Montella's Milan

Roma doom Montella's Milan

Serie A title hopefuls Roma struck a blow to AC Milan's own plans to recapture past glories by beating the new-look Rossoneri 2-0 at San Siro on Sunday.

Barcelona see off Las Palmas at empty Camp Nou

Barcelona see off Las Palmas at empty Camp Nou

Lionel Messi struck twice as Barcelona beat Las Palmas 3-0 at a deserted Camp Nou in a match overshadowed by politics.

Lacklustre Liverpool held by Newcastle

Lacklustre Liverpool held by Newcastle

Joselu handed Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez a draw against former club Liverpool as missed chances cost the visitors dearly.

Bayern misery continues as Hertha fight back to draw

Bayern misery continues as Hertha fight back to draw

Bayern Munich's misery deepened as they let a two-goal Bundesliga lead slip for the second consecutive week to draw 2-2 at Hertha Berlin.

Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi on target as Arsenal see off Brighton

Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi on target as Arsenal see off Brighton

Arsene Wenger celebrated his 21st anniversary as Arsenal manager with a 2-0 win over Brighton and a brilliant team goal scored by Alex Iwobi.

Marcelo Brozovic nets brace as Inter Milan edge Benevento

Marcelo Brozovic nets brace as Inter Milan edge Benevento

Marcelo Brozovic scored two goals in the space of three minutes to secure Inter Milan a 2-1 victory over Benevento.

Napoli win again to stay top

Napoli win again to stay top

Napoli extended their Serie A record this season to seven straight wins with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Cagliari.

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Cristiano Ronaldo free kick helps Real Madrid win Club World Cup
Real Madrid 1 - 0 Gremio

Cristiano Ronaldo free kick helps Real Madrid win Club World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo scored from a free kick to help Real Madrid beat Gremio 1-0 and claim the Club World Cup in Saturday's final in Abu Dhabi.

Ronaldo, Bale score as Real Madrid advance to Club World Cup final
Al Jazira 1 - 2 Real Madrid

Ronaldo, Bale score as Real Madrid advance to Club World Cup final

Gareth Bale was the surprise hero as Real Madrid survived a shock against outsiders Al Jazira to win 2-1 in Wednesday's extra dramatic Club World Cup semifinal in Abu Dhabi.

Real Madrid play PSG in Champions League, Chelsea get Barcelona
Champions League round of 16 draw

Real Madrid play PSG in Champions League, Chelsea get Barcelona

Reigning champions Real Madrid will face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16, while Chelsea take on Barcelona.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d'Or to pull level with Lionel Messi
Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d'Or to pull level with Lionel Messi

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo won the fifth Ballon d'Or of his career on Thursday, matching Lionel Messi as the most-awarded winner of one of the sport's top individual honours.

Coutinho nets hat trick as Liverpool thrash Spartak to win group
Liverpool 7 - 0 Spartak

Coutinho nets hat trick as Liverpool thrash Spartak to win group

A scintillating display of football from Liverpool's Fab Four saw Jurgen Klopp's side blaze their way into the Champions League knockout phase with a 7-0 victory over Spartak Moscow.

Manchester City fall to first defeat as Shakhtar seal progress with win
Shakhtar 2 - 1 Manchester City

Manchester City fall to first defeat as Shakhtar seal progress with win

Manchester City slumped to their first defeat of the season with a 2-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in their final Champions League Group F game.

Fernando Llorente and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou strike as Spurs seal easy win
Tottenham 3 - 0 Apoel Nicosia

Fernando Llorente and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou strike as Spurs seal easy win

Fernando Llorente and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou scored their first goals for Tottenham goal as Spurs strolled into the Champions League round of 16 by beating Apoel Nicosia.

Cristiano Ronaldo grabs another record as Real Madrid beat Dortmund
Real Madrid 3 - 2 Dortmund

Cristiano Ronaldo grabs another record as Real Madrid beat Dortmund

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in every Champions League group stage match as Real Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 at the Bernabeu.

Napoli out of Champions League after losing to 10-man Feyenoord
Feyenoord 2 - 1 Napoli

Napoli out of Champions League after losing to 10-man Feyenoord

Feyenoord finally secured their first points in Champions League Group F, rallying from a goal down to beat Napoli 2-1 on Wednesday, costing the Serie A side a spot in the round of 16.

Sevilla draw with Maribor to book passage to round of 16
Maribor 1 - 1 Sevilla

Sevilla draw with Maribor to book passage to round of 16

Sevilla qualified for the round of 16 of the Champions League with a 1-1 draw at Maribor on Wednesday.

10-man FC Porto go through as they hit Monaco for five
FC Porto 5 - 2 Monaco

10-man FC Porto go through as they hit Monaco for five

Ten-man Porto advanced out of Group G with a 5-2 defeat of a disappointing Monaco side, who also went down a man at the Estadio do Dragao.

Red Bull Leipzig out after Besiktas defeat and FC Porto win
Red Bull Leipzig 1 - 2 Besiktas

Red Bull Leipzig out after Besiktas defeat and FC Porto win

RB Leipzig's Champions League debut ended in a 2-1 home loss to Group G winner Besiktas on Wednesday.

Bayern Munich see off PSG, who hang on to win Group B
Bayern Munich 3 - 1 PSG

Bayern Munich see off PSG, who hang on to win Group B

Bayern Munich got a little payback against Paris Saint-Germain with a 3-1 win at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night in Group B.

Cuadrado on target as Juventus progress with win at Olympiacos
Olympiacos 0 - 2 Juventus

Cuadrado on target as Juventus progress with win at Olympiacos

Juventus secured their place in the round of 16 of the Champions League with a 2-0 victory against Olympiakos in Greece.

Barcelona finish UCL Group D campaign with victory over Sporting
Barcelona 2-0 Sporting Lisbon

Barcelona finish UCL Group D campaign with victory over Sporting

Barcelona completed their Champions League Group D campaign with a 2-0 win over Sporting Lisbon at the Camp Nou.

Lukaku and Rashford on target as Man United edge past CSKA Moscow
Man United 2 - 1 CSKA Moscow

Lukaku and Rashford on target as Man United edge past CSKA Moscow

Manchester United came from behind to beat CSKA Moscow and top their Champions League group as Jose Mourinho's men took their unbeaten home run to a club record-equalling 40th match.

Chelsea finish second as Atletico crash out of UCL after draw
Chelsea 1 - 1 Atletico

Chelsea finish second as Atletico crash out of UCL after draw

Chelsea missed a chance to finish top of Champions League Group C after a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid, who will settle for a Europa League spot.

Roma edge Qarabag to win Champions League Group C
Roma 1 - 0 Qarabag

Roma edge Qarabag to win Champions League Group C

Roma progressed to the Champions League knockout stage as Group C winners after beating Qarabag 1-0 on Tuesday.

Celtic into Europa League despite Anderlecht loss in finale
Celtic 0 - 1 Anderlecht

Celtic into Europa League despite Anderlecht loss in finale

Celtic will be playing European football after Christmas despite a 1-0 Champions League defeat by Anderlecht at Parkhead.

Barcelona reach Champions League knockouts with draw at Juventus
Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona

Barcelona reach Champions League knockouts with draw at Juventus

Lionel Messi started on the bench as Barcelona secured their passage into the round of 16 of the Champions League with a 0-0 draw at Juventus.

Bayern Munich slip past Anderlecht despite sloppy display
Anderlecht 1 - 2 Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich slip past Anderlecht despite sloppy display

Corentin Tolisso set up one goal and scored another to give Bayern Munich a 2-1 win over Anderlecht on Wednesday in Group B of the Champions League.

Basel strike late to put off Man United's round of 16 qualification
Basel 1 - 0 Man United

Basel strike late to put off Man United's round of 16 qualification

Manchester United were denied a place in the Champions League knockout phase as Michael Lang's late strike secured Basel a memorable, and deserved, victory.

Chelsea seal UCL knockout stage qualification with Qarabag rout
Qarabag 0 - 4 Chelsea

Chelsea seal UCL knockout stage qualification with Qarabag rout

Willian scored twice and was fouled for two penalties as Chelsea cruised into the Champions League knockout stages with a 4-0 win over 10-man Qarabag at the Olympic Stadium in Baku.

Antoine Griezmann stunner keeps Atletico Madrid's UCL hopes alive
Atletico Madrid 2 - 0 Roma

Antoine Griezmann stunner keeps Atletico Madrid's UCL hopes alive

Antoine Griezmann's stunning goal kept Atletico Madrid's Champions League hopes alive as they grabbed a vital victory over Roma.

Neymar, Cavani strike twice as PSG thrash hapless Celtic
PSG 7 - 1 Celtic

Neymar, Cavani strike twice as PSG thrash hapless Celtic

Celtic suffered another night of European anguish against Paris St Germain in a 7-1 thrashing in the Parc des Princes.

Sterling scores winner as Man City secure top spot in Group F
Man City 1 - 0 Feyenoord

Sterling scores winner as Man City secure top spot in Group F

Raheem Sterling struck a late winner as Manchester City secured top spot in Champions League Group F with a 1-0 win over Feyenoord.

Ronaldo, Benzema braces as Real Madrid rout Apoel Nicosia
Apoel Nicosia 0 - 6 Real Madrid

Ronaldo, Benzema braces as Real Madrid rout Apoel Nicosia

Cristiano Ronaldo set another Champions League record as holders Real Madrid sealed their place in the knockout stages with a comprehensive victory against Apoel Nicosia.

Napoli crush Shakhtar to stay alive
Napoli 3 - 0 Shakhtar

Napoli crush Shakhtar to stay alive

Lorenzo Insigne's magical strike broke Shakhtar Donetsk's defences and Napoli went on to a 3-0 win, which gives them hope of Champions League progress.

Liverpool throw away three-goal lead in Sevilla draw
Sevilla 3 - 3 Liverpool

Liverpool throw away three-goal lead in Sevilla draw

Liverpool squandered a three-goal half-time lead to throw away the chance of early Champions League qualification as Sevilla netted a 93rd-minute equaliser in Spain.

Tottenham come from behind to beat Dortmund and seal top spot
Borussia Dortmund 1 - 2 Tottenham

Tottenham come from behind to beat Dortmund and seal top spot

Son Heung-Min proved the scourge of Borussia Dortmund again as his late winner ensured Tottenham will go through to the Champions League round of 16 as group winners.