EURO QUALIFIER

  • Flawless Anirban Lahiri placed second in Euro Qualifying School November 18, 2014

    Barcelona: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri stayed on course for a European Tour card for the coming season as he turned in another flawless round of four-under 66 at the par-70 Tour Course to be second after the third round of the European Tour Qualifying School. Lahiri ceded the leadership to Swede...
  • Wales hold Belgium; Israel lead Euro Qualifiers Group B November 17, 2014

    Brussels: Israel beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 to restore their lead at the top Group B in their European Championship qualifying campaign. That result, coupled together with Wales' goalless against Belgium in Brussels, sees the top four teams separated by just four points. In Haifa, Israel took another confident step towards qualifying for...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Dutch beat Latvia 6-0 to save Hiddink's job November 17, 2014

    Amsterdam: The Netherlands outclassed Latvia in a morale-boosting 6-0 win on Sunday in European qualifying that eased pressure on coach Guus Hiddink after four defeats in his first five matches. The Czech Republic went top of Group A with four wins out of four by beating Iceland 2-1 in Plzen thanks...
  • Anirban Lahiri placed 2nd at Euro Qualifying School, SSP Chowrasia 76th November 16, 2014

    Barcelona: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri got off to a brilliant start at the European Tour's six-round Qualifying School Final Stage with a flawless five-under 65 at the par-70 Purple course and was placed second overall among the 156 starters. The other Indian challenger in the field, SSP Chowrasia, carded one-over 71...
  • Euro qualifiers: Centurion Rooney scores as England beats Slovenia; easy win for Spain November 16, 2014

    London: Wayne Rooney celebrated his 100th appearance for England by scoring in a 3-1 win over Slovenia, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted in his return for Sweden in a 1-1 draw at Montenegro in European Championship qualifiers on Saturday. Beside England's fourth win in as many games, Group E also saw San...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Germany, Portugal, Dutch out to regain lost ground November 14, 2014

    Qualifying for the largest-ever European Championship in 2016 was supposed to be a simple task for the continent's top teams. It's not turning out that way. World champion Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands have made disappointing starts to their campaigns and are all outside the top two in their groups after three...
  • Antonio Conte sees a positive in Mario Balotelli's struggles November 10, 2014

    Florence: Mario Balotelli is just another player and should be treated the same way as the others, Italy coach Antonio Conte said on Monday. Conte, who has called up Balotelli for the first time since he replaced Cesare Prandelli as Italy coach in August, said he would judge the maverick striker...
  • Netherlands recall Jetro Willems, add Georginio Wijnaldum to squad November 7, 2014

    Amsterdam: Jetro Willems returned to the Netherlands squad after a year's absence on Friday as coach Guus Hiddink named 23 players for next week's Mexico friendly and Euro 2016 qualifier against Latvia. Hiddink left PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum out of his preliminary 27-man squad last week but he was also...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Ronaldo scores in Portugal's 1-0 win over Denmark October 15, 2014

    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 October 14, 2014

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Spain, England open with wins in Euro qualifiers September 9, 2014

    London: Spain looked back to their old self in opening their European Championship qualifying campaign by running over Macedonia, while England took control of their group by beating biggest rival Switzerland on the road. Here is a look at Monday's qualifying games around Europe: GROUP C: Spain overcame a few nervous moments to...
  • Germany win, Portugal lose in Euro qualifiers September 8, 2014

    London: Two months after winning the World Cup, Germany opened their 2016 European Championship campaign with a 21 victory over Scotland on Sunday, while Portugal and Greece both slumped to defeats in their qualifying matches. Thomas Mueller scored both Germany's goals a difficult backward header in the 18th minute and...
  • Things to know about Euro 2016 qualifiers September 6, 2014

    Qualifying for the largestever European Championship should be a cruise for the continent's heavyweights. For once, though, the weaker nations aren't just there to make up the numbers. The Euros have been expanded from 16 to 24 teams for the 2016 tournament in France, with the top two countries from nine groups...
  • Daniel Sturridge ruled out of England qualifier September 6, 2014

    London: Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of England's opening European Championship qualifier against Switzerland because of a thigh injury, further depleting coach Roy Hodgson's options for his team's toughest test in Group E. The Liverpool striker pulled up hurt during a training session on Friday and was withdrawn from the...
  • Spain, Chelsea striker Diego Costa injured September 6, 2014

    Madrid: Spain striker Diego Costa has injured his left hamstring and will miss the country's first qualifier for the European Championship, the Spanish football federation said on Friday. The federation said in a statement that Costa underwent an MRI scan in Madrid after being injured in a 10 loss to France...
  • Unfit Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Portugal Euro 2016 qualifier August 29, 2014

    Lisbon: Cristiano Ronaldo is unfit and will miss Portugal's opening 2016 European Championship qualifier against visiting Albania. Portugal coach Paulo Bento said Friday that the country's star forward, who has been playing for Real Madrid at the start of the Spanish league season, was ruled unfit to play in the Sept....