QUALIFIERS

  • Euro Qualifiers: Ronaldo scores in Portugal's 1-0 win over Denmark 6 days ago

    Balkan rivalries cast a shadow over 2016 European Championship qualifying on Tuesday as the match between Serbia and Albania in Belgrade was abandoned after an Albanian flag considered provocative by Serbian fans was flown over the stadium by a drone. English referee Martin Atkinson interrupted the match in the 41st minute...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Big guns Netherlands, Italy and Belgium all struggle 1 week ago

    Rome: The Netherlands fell to another surprising loss and fellow continental powers Italy and Belgium also struggled in European Championship qualifying on Monday, while Croatia showed off its goal-scoring credentials. Meanwhile, Wales stayed atop Group B with a 2-1 win over Cyprus and are on course to qualify for their first...
  • Euro 2016: England cruising but little to get excited about October 13, 2014

    London: Nine points from three games in a mediocre Euro 2016 qualifying group means fans can begin to dust off their French phrase books as surely not even England can make a drama out of this one. The expanded format for the next finals has removed any sense of tension from...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Ibra-less Sweden huff and puff in downing Liechtenstein October 13, 2014

    Without captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a second straight game, Sweden struggled to convert their chances but still beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in their Group G Euro 2016 qualifier at the Friends Arena on Sunday. With striker Ibrahimovic confined to the bench due to a persistent heel injury, the Swedes spent most of...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Spain rebound with 4-0 win at Luxembourg October 13, 2014

    Diego Costa scored his first goal for Spain in seven appearances to help the defending European champion ease to a 4-0 win at Luxembourg and rebound from their first qualifying loss in eight years on Sunday. The placid victory put Spain back on track to qualifying for the 2016 European championship...
  • Wayne Rooney free kick earns England 1-0 win against Estonia October 12, 2014

    Tallinn: Wayne Rooney curled in a 73rd-minute free kick to earn England a 1-0 win over 10-man Estonia and a third straight victory in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship on Sunday. Playing in his 99th international, the England captain made up for missing two first-half chances by whipping a shot...
  • Fabregas pleads for patience as Spain criticism mounts October 12, 2014

    Midfielder Cesc Fabregas has hit back at criticism levelled against Spain's new-look team and pleaded for time following a surprise Euro 2016 qualifying defeat by Slovakia. Spain have introduced several new players after they failed to defend their World Cup title in Brazil and results have been mixed, with a victory...
  • Germany's coach Loew blames sloppy finishing for Poland loss October 12, 2014

    World Cup winners Germany will need to improve their finishing after they dominated Poland but failed to find the back of the net despite a dozen clear chances in a shock 2-0 loss in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday. The Germans, who take on Ireland in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday, had...
  • Poland stun world champions Germany in Euro qualifier October 12, 2014

    Warsaw: Poland struck twice on the break to stun wasteful World Cup winners Germany 2-0 on Saturday, earning their first ever victory over their illustrious neighbours and taking control of Euro 2016 qualifying Group D. Arkadiusz Milik put them ahead with a well-timed header in the 51st minute and Sebastian Mila...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Italy stay perfect without Balotelli, Czechs win October 11, 2014

    Rome: Italy remained perfect without Mario Balotelli. The Netherlands, meanwhile, still appears to be in a post-World Cup slump. Giorgio Chiellini accounted for all three goals in Italy's 2-1 win over Azerbaijan in European Championship qualifying on Friday and World Cup semifinalist Netherlands labored to a surprisingly hard-earned 3-1 victory over...
  • Dutch beat 10-man Kazakhstan with late goals in Euro Qualifiers October 11, 2014

    Amsterdam: The Netherlands grabbed two late goals to snatch a 3-1 home victory over 10-man Kazakhstan having trailed until just past the hour mark in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday. The Dutch took the three points thanks to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Ibrahim Afellay and a Robin van Persie penalty, having fallen...
  • Chiellini scores all three as Italy beat Azeris 2-1 in Euro Qualifiers October 11, 2014

    Defender Giorgio Chiellini scored three times, including an own goal, as Italy beat Azerbaijan 2-1 in their Euro 2016 Group H qualifier in Palermo on Friday. It was a struggle at times for Antonio Conte's team against an Azerbaijan side who defended in numbers and showed little ambition to go forward,...
  • Pressure mounts on Spain's Casillas after latest blunder October 10, 2014

    Once lauded as a goalkeeper who could do no wrong, Spain captain Iker Casillas's tarnished reputation suffered another blow when his error helped Slovakia claim a shock 2-1 win in Euro 2016 qualifying on Thursday. Holders Spain had been looking to continue a rebuilding process after their failure at the World...
  • Spain crash, England cruise in Euro Qualifiers October 10, 2014

    Paris: Defending European champions Spain suffered their first qualifying defeat in eight years on Thursday when they slumped to a 2-1 loss against Slovakia while England made it two wins in two. Spain, who had opened their Euro 2016 campaign with a 5-1 mauling of Macedonia, exhibited all the faults which...
  • Away goals rule has become outdated, says Blatter October 10, 2014

    The away goals rule used for settling the outcome of two-legged knockout ties has "fallen behind the times" and needs rethinking according to FIFA president Sepp Blatter. The method under which the team that scores the most goals away from home wins the tie was introduced in the mid-1960s. It replaced...
  • Spain not on downward spiral, says Del Bosque after defeat October 10, 2014

    Coach Vicente del Bosque denied Spain were caught in a downward spiral after the holders slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat in Slovakia in Euro 2016 Group C qualifying on Thursday. Del Bosque decided to stay on after his team were knocked out in the first round of the World Cup...
  • England thump San Marino 5-0 in Euro Qualifiers October 10, 2014

    England duly beat San Marino 5-0 to maintain their perfect start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign but laboured for long periods against the joint-worst team in the world at a half-full Wembley on Thursday. England went ahead when Phil Jagielka headed home a corner after 24 minutes, doubled their lead...
  • Spain beaten as Stoch earns dividend for Slovaks October 10, 2014

    Holders Spain suffered their first defeat in qualifying for a major tournament in eight years when Miroslav Stoch nodded a late goal to earn Slovakia a shock 2-1 victory in Euro 2016 Group C on Thursday. A powerful, swerving free kick from Juraj Kucka in the 17th minute that deceived goalkeeper...
  • Euro 2016 Qualifying: No late call-ups for injury-hit Germany October 9, 2014

    Germany have enough strength in depth and coach Joachim Loew will not call up reinforcements for their Euro 2016 qualifier in Poland on Saturday despite a growing injury list, assistant coach Thomas Schneider said. Midfielder Mesut Ozil, ruled out on Wednesday for three months with a knee ligament tear, was the...
  • Costa has to prove himself for Spain, says coach Del Bosque October 8, 2014

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa may be prolific at club level, but Spain's coach Vicente del Bosque feels it is time he proves himself on the international stage as he leads the champions' attack during Euro 2016 qualifying. Having convinced Costa to turn his back on Brazil, the country of his birth,...
  • Mesut Ozil undergoes scan, doubtful for Euro 2016 qualifiers October 8, 2014

    Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil travelled to Munich on Wednesday to undergo a scan on his left knee, leaving his participation in their euro 2016 qualifier against Poland in Warsaw on Saturday in doubt. Ozil, who played the full 90 minutes in Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday, could be the...
  • Sturridge won't be fit for England, says Rodgers October 1, 2014

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge won't be fit to play in England's Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia next week, according to his club manager Brendan Rodgers. He has not played since August due to a groin problem suffered in an England training session, which prompted an angry Rodgers to...
  • CLT20 Qualifiers: Calculators are out as Mumbai Indians face the Knights September 16, 2014

    It all boils down to the last two matches of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) qualifiers with all four teams mathematically still in the fray to go through to the main round. Lahore Lions take on Southern Express while Mumbai Indians face the unbeaten Northern Knights to culminate the qualifiers...
  • As it happened: Northern Knights vs Southern Express, CLT20, Qualifier 1 September 13, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Southern Express: The Sri Lankan club qualified for the CLT20 after winning the domestic T20 competiton (Super 4s T20) where they beat Udart Rulers in the final. The team, however, suffered a body blow when the influential Lasith Malinga chose to...
  • Portugal coach Bento pays the price of failure September 12, 2014

    Paulo Bento paid for Portugal's disappointing World Cup and calamitous start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign on Thursday when his contract was terminated by the FPF. A statement on the Portuguese football association's website confirmed the news most had been waiting for since Portugal suffered an embarrassing home defeat by...
  • Tactics not the problem, Netherlands coach says after Czech loss September 10, 2014

    Prague: An angry Guus Hiddink said the Dutch need to learn a lesson from the lastminute loss to the Czech Republic in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier during which the coach surprisingly stuck to a formation unpopular with his team. The Czech Republic snatched a dramatic 21 win over the Netherlands...
  • Netherlands, Bosnia lose opening Euro qualifiers September 10, 2014

    London: The Netherlands had a disappointing start to qualifying for the European Championship and fellow World Cup team BosniaHerzegovina were stunned by Cyprus in Tuesday's biggest upset. Wales narrowly avoided a similar stumble at tiny Andorra, while Italy had a comfortable victory in Antonio Conte's first competitive game in charge. Here is...
  • Two own goals help Russia sweep past Liechtenstein September 9, 2014

    Moscow: Russia were helped by two own goals as they began their Euro 2016 Group G qualifying campaign with a 40 drubbing of Liechtenstein at the Arena Khimki on Monday. The first own goal came after four minutes, Sergei Ignashevich's free kick from long range taking a big deflection off Martin...