Euro Qualifier

  • Portugal coach Bento pays the price of failure 1 week ago

    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 Bosnia-Herzegovina 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 4-0 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 2-1 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 largest-ever 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 1-0 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....
  • 'Serbia could face tough sanctions over racism' October 23, 2012

    Paris: Serbia could face tough sanctions from UEFA's disciplinary committee after racism again marred a football game in the country last week, president Michel Platini said on Tuesday. England Under-21 defender Danny Rose complained after a Euro qualifier in Serbia last week that he had been racially abused and the British...
  • Ireland on brink of Euro qualification November 12, 2011

    Ireland: Republic of Ireland secured a resounding 4-0 away win over nine-man Estonia in the first leg of the Euro 2012 play-off in Tallinn on Friday. Keith Andrews, Jon Walters and Robbie Keane, who bagged a brace, all scored to take advantage of Andrei Stepanov and Raio Piiroja's red cards...
  • Spain beat Liechtenstein, qualify for Euro 2012 September 7, 2011

    Logrono: Spain were too hot to handle for minnows Liechtenstein as they secured a 6-0 victory in Logrono to ensure their qualification for next summer's European Championships, a competition the nation won last time around. Alvaro Negredo opened the scoring on 33 minutes before doubling the lead four minutes later. Xavi's...
  • England beat Wales, near Euro qualification September 7, 2011

    London: A first-half strike from Ashley Young put England on the brink of Euro 2012 qualification as they beat Wales 1-0 at Wembley. Young drilled home Stewart Downing's cross after 35 minutes to secure the three points for Fabio Capello's team, but it was far from plain sailing against a spirited...
  • Euro qualifiers: Portugal win, England held June 5, 2011

    London: Portugal climbed to the top of Group H in European Championship qualifying by beating Norway 1-0 on Saturday, while Group G leader England drew 2-2 at home to Switzerland to jeopardize its hopes of making next year's finals in Poland and Ukraine. Helder Postiga scored the 53rd-minute winner for Portugal...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Italy awarded win over Serbia October 30, 2010

    Milan: UEFA on Friday awarded Italy a 3-0 win and told Serbia they must play at least one home match behind closed doors following the flare-throwing crowd riot at a Euro 2012 qualifier in Genoa. UEFA also ordered the Serbian FA to refrain from ordering tickets for all away matches during...
  • Euro qualifiers: France, Croatia register wins October 10, 2010

    Saint-Denis Substitutes Loic Remy and Yoann Gourcuff scored late for France to beat Romania 2-0 and move top of its group while a Niko Kranjcer pair handed Croatia a 2-1 away victory over Israel in European Championship qualifying on Saturday. France's Remy latched onto a brilliant pass over the top of...
  • Thuram, Makelele back in France squad August 24, 2006

    Paris: France recalled Barcelona defender Liliam Thuram and Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele for their first Euro 2008 qualifying games against Georgia and Italy. In a third change to the squad who defeated Bosnia 2-1 in a friendly earlier this month, coach Raymond Domenech also recalled Lyon striker Sidney Govou. AS...