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Scotland's hopes still alive after late Martin winner

27 March 2017

(Reuters) - Chris Martin came off the substitutes' bench to keep alive Scotland's World Cup dreams with a dramatic 88th-minute winner in a 1-0 win that ended Slovenia's unbeaten run in European qualifying group F on Sunday.

Quick goal sets Northern Ireland on way to win over Norway

27 March 2017

BELFAST (Reuters) - Jamie Ward took just 90 seconds to score and set Northern Ireland on their way to a 2-0 home win over Norway in their World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park on Sunday to keep the Irish in contention for Russia next year.

Poland surge clear at the top after 2-1 win in Montenegro

27 March 2017

PODGORICA (Reuters) - Poland won 2-1 in Montenegro with goals from Robert Lewandowski and Lukasz Piszczek to move six points clear at the top of World Cup qualifying Group E after a pulsating clash on Sunday.

Blind sacked as Netherlands coach - FA statement

27 March 2017

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Netherlands coach Danny Blind was sacked on Sunday, less than 24 hours after a 2-0 defeat away to Bulgaria left the team floundering in fourth place in World Cup qualifying Group A.

Belgium hit by new injury concerns ahead of Russia friendly

27 March 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Goalkeeper Thibault Courtois and midfielder Marouane Fellaini have both been added to an already extensive injury list for Belgium as they head to Russia for a friendly in Sochi on Tuesday.

Defoe opens door for place at 2018 World Cup finals

27 March 2017

LONDON (Reuters) - Jermain Defoe hopes his scoring return for England on Sunday can start a new international chapter in his career.

Few thrills as England continue steady progress under Southgate

27 March 2017

LONDON (Reuters) - In his programme notes England boss Gareth Southgate spoke of a desire to create a team that has fans 'on the edge of their seats'. A noble target but on Sunday's evidence against Lithuania one that may take some time.

Defoe scores on return as England beat Lithuania

27 March 2017

LONDON (Reuters) - Jermain Defoe justified his recall from the international wilderness by scoring the first goal as England ground out a laboured 2-0 win over Lithuania to stay on course for the World Cup finals at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Germany crush Azerbaijan 4-1 to go seven points clear

27 March 2017

BAKU (Reuters) - Andre Schuerrle scored twice and set up another goal as world champions Germany cruised to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Azerbaijan on Sunday to stay on track for a spot in next year's World Cup in Russia with a seven-point lead in Group C.

CAF secretary general resigns after Hayatou defeat

26 March 2017

(Reuters) - The Confederation of African Football's secretary general Hicham El Amrani resigned on Sunday, just over a week after elections swept long-standing president Issa Hayatou from power.

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