EURO QUALIFIER

  • Germany, Portugal boost Euro 2016 qualifying hopes March 30, 2015

    Berlin: Traditional heavyweights Germany and Portugal earned important wins to boost their hopes of qualifying for the 2016 European Championship on Sunday, while Romania and Northern Ireland hold a big edge in their group after victories. Marco Reus and Thomas Mueller scored late in the first half to give Germany a...
  • Guus Hiddink insists Netherlands will qualify despite setback March 29, 2015

    Veteran Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink insisted his side would qualify for next year's European Championship as questions over his tenure re-emerged in the wake of a last-gasp 1-1 home draw with Turkey on Saturday. Hiddink's team needed a goal from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar two minutes into stoppage time to snatch a dramatic...
  • Wayne Rooney needs honours to be ranked with Bobby Charlton: Roy Hodgson March 29, 2015

    Wayne Rooney might break Bobby Charlton's 45-year-old England scoring record of 49 goals this season but he must be successful at a major championship to be regarded as one of the country's greats said coach Roy Hodgson. Rooney, who will be 30 in October, has scored 47 goals in 102 appearances...
  • Netherlands, Italy need late equalisers in 2016 Euro qualifiers March 29, 2015

    The Netherlands and Italy needed late equalizers to rescue draws in European Championship qualifying on Saturday. And a pair of goals plus an assist by Gareth Bale put Wales atop its group. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored in injury time as the Netherlands drew with Turkey 1-1 in Amsterdam, and Eder scored the...
  • Depleted England lose Danny Welbeck for Italy game March 28, 2015

    London: England manager Roy Hodgson will be without in-form striker Danny Welbeck and three other players for Tuesday's friendly against Italy in Turin due to injuries. Arsenal striker Welbeck limped off during England's 4-0 win over Lithuania at Wembley on Friday with a knee problem after scoring his sixth goal...
  • Italy coach Antonio Conte gets death threats after Marchisio injury March 28, 2015

    Italy coach Antonio Conte has received death threats from angry Juventus fans who blame his training methods for the injury that will probably rule midfielder Claudio Marchisio out for the rest of the season. Marchisio suffered ruptured knee ligaments during the warm-up for Friday's Italy's training session ahead of the Euro...
  • Serbia can stop Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal, says Branislav Ivanovic March 27, 2015

    Belgrade: Portugal have one of the world's top players in Cristiano Ronaldo but Serbia are good enough to contain him in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Lisbon on Sunday, the Balkan nation's captain Branislav Ivanovic said. Portugal are second in Group I with six points from three matches, one less than...
  • Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge faces spell out with muscle tear March 27, 2015

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is facing another spell on the sidelines after England manager Roy Hodgson confirmed he had suffered a muscle tear in his hip. Sturridge, who has already missed five months of the season through injury, was sent home from international duty earlier this week ahead of Friday's Euro...
  • 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...