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Robben not enough as Dutch beat Sweden 2-0, miss World Cup
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AMSTERDAM (AP) — Arjen Robben ensured that the Netherlands bowed out of World Cup qualification in some style Tuesday, scoring both goals as the Dutch beat Sweden 2-0 before then announcing his retirement from international football. The winning margin at the Amsterdam Arena was nowhere near
Aussies end war-torn Syria's World Cup hopes in extra time
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SYDNEY (AP) — Omar al-Soma's free kick crashed into the post with moments to go, ending war-torn Syria's World Cup hopes and allowing Tim Cahill's Australians to squeeze into the final playoff for a spot in Russia. The 37-year-old Cahill delivered again for Australia with both goals in a
US misses World Cup for 1st time since 1986 with loss
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COUVA, Trinidad (AP) — Twenty-eight years after the United States ended a four-decade World Cup absence with a stunning victory at Trinidad, the Americans' chances for the 2018 tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela in even more astonishing fashion. Needing
Messi, Messi, Messi; his 3 goals lift Argentina to World Cup
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When it really mattered and when the pressure was most intense, Lionel Messi delivered for Argentina. On the brink of being eliminated from World Cup qualifying for the first time in almost five decades, Messi scored all three goals in Argentina's comeback 3-1 victory Tuesday at Ecuador —
The thunderclap heads to Russia: Iceland gets World Cup spot
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MADRID (AP) — The Icelandic thunderclap is making its way to Russia. Iceland added to its incredible European Championship campaign by becoming the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup on Monday. That means the Viking chant popularized by Iceland fans at Euro 2016 will be heard
Prolific Lewandowski leads Poland into World Cup finals
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With a record-setting 16th goal in European qualifying, Robert Lewandowski led Poland's charge into a first World Cup since 2006 on Sunday. The Bayern Munich striker has long been one of the most prolific players in European soccer, for club and country, and he'll now be able to test himself at
Champion Germany perfect in best WCup qualifying campaign
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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Germany wrapped up the most successful World Cup qualification campaign with a 5-1 victory over Azerbaijan on Sunday, its 10th win from 10 games. With many regulars left out by Germany, it was up to others to shine in European qualifying, and
Salah sends Egypt to World Cup for 1st time since 1990
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ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) — Mohamed Salah scored from a penalty kick deep into injury time on Sunday to send Egypt to the World Cup and end a near 30-year wait for Africa's most successful team. Salah scored both Egypt's goals in a 2-1 home win over Republic of Congo in the penultimate round of
Nadal wins 6th title of year in Beijing; Garcia beats Halep
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Rafael Nadal beat Nick Kyrgios of Australia 6-2, 6-1 Sunday in the China Open final to win his sixth ATP title of the year, and Caroline Garcia defeated soon-to-be-No. 1 Simona Halep 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the women's event. Top-ranked Nadal, who was tied with Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev at five
Ronaldo sets up Swiss showdown; France closes on WCup place
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GENEVA (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored and helped Portugal win an eighth straight game in World Cup qualifying on Saturday — and still could fail to qualify. While Portugal was laboring to beat Andorra 2-0, using its superstar as a substitute, Group B leader Switzerland's 5-2 win over
Argentina on brink of missing World Cup; Messi's last chance
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After missing chance after chance against Peru, Lionel Messi looked skyward as if seeking divine intervention. Even that may not be enough to prevent Messi and Argentina from missing their first World Cup since 1970. This grim reality is setting in for generations of Argentines who have never
Bayern Munich appoints Jupp Heynckes as coach for 4th time
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BERLIN (AP) — Jupp Heynckes is back at Bayern Munich. The 72-year-old Heynckes, who led the club to a Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble before retiring in 2013, will take over on Monday until the end of the season, Bayern said Friday. It will be his fourth time coaching
Barcelona gives lifetime contract to Andres Iniesta
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MADRID (AP) — Andres Iniesta has become the first player to sign a lifetime contract with Barcelona, a deal which will keep him playing for the club for as long as he remains fit. The club said Friday that Iniesta's contract was extended "for life," securing the Spain midfielder through the
Spain clinches World Cup spot with win against Albania
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MADRID (AP) — Spain easily defeated Albania 3-0 to secure a World Cup berth as outspoken defender Gerard Pique received a mixed reaction from home fans every time he touched the ball on Friday. Rodrigo, Isco, and Thiago Alcantara scored first-half goals to give Spain an insurmountable
Catalonia independence dispute reaches Spain's national team
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MADRID (AP) — The divisive dispute over Catalonia's push for independence has spilled into Spain's national team. "La Roja" has been unable to sidestep the nation's most serious crisis in decades. The team now faces two decisive World Cup qualifiers while engulfed by unwanted talks about