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Poland, Russia qualify for Euro 2020

Monday, 2019-10-14 09:19:15
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Soccer Football - Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group G - Poland v North Macedonia - PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland - October 13 Poland's Arkadiusz Milik celebrates scoring their second goal. (Reuters)
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Poland and Russia have joined Italy and Belgium to book their place in next year’s European Championship (Euro) finals with respective 2-0 and 5-0 wins over North Macedonia and Cyprus on Sunday.

* Ilkay Gundogan scored two second-half goals to help 10-man Germany claim a 3-0 win away to lowly Estonia in Sunday's (Oct 13) Euro 2020 qualifier despite the early dismissal of Emre Can.

* Gareth Bale claimed a point for Wales as they drew 1-1 with World Cup runners-up Croatia on Sunday (Oct 13) which left their Euro 2020 qualifying hopes on a knife-edge.

* Georginio Wijnaldum's two first half goals handed Netherlands a 2-1 away win over Belarus on Sunday as they consolidated top place in Group C of the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

* A delighted Roberto Martinez praised the focus and application of his Belgium team after they extended their 100per cent record in the Euro 2020 qualifiers with a 2-0 away win over Kazakhstan on Sunday.

* Austria closed in on a place at Euro 2020 when a first-half goal from defender Stefan Posch gave them a crucial 1-0 win away to toothless Slovenia, who suffered their second defeat in four days on Sunday.

* Japan produced a scintillating display of attacking rugby then withheld a spirited Scottish fightback to triumph 28-21 on a memorable night in Yokohama and reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for the first time on Sunday (Oct 13).

* Neymar limped off injured early on as Brazil played out a 1-1 friendly draw against a spirited Nigeria at the Singapore National Stadium on Sunday (Oct 13).

* Kenya's Brigid Kosgei shattered Paula Radcliffe's 16-year-old women's marathon world record on Sunday (Oct 13), winning the Chicago Marathon in two hours, 14 minutes and four seconds.

* US teenage sensation Coco Gauff became the youngest player to win a WTA title in 15 years as she beat former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 1-6 6-2 in the Linz Open final on Sunday.

* Sweden's Rebecca Peterson won her second title of the 2019 Asian swing as she defeated Britain's Heather Watson 6-4 6-4 in the Tianjin Open final on Sunday.

* Norway international Maria Thorisdottir came off the bench to fire home a superb winner five minutes from time as Chelsea came from a goal down to beat champions Arsenal 2-1 in their Women's Super League clash on Sunday.

* Daniil Medvedev won his fourth title of a spectacular year with a thumping 6-4, 6-1 victory over Alexander Zverev in the Shanghai Masters final on Sunday (Oct 13).

* Argentina thumped Ecuador 6-1 in a friendly in Spain on Sunday (Oct 13), making light of the continued absence of Lionel Messi and a number of other top stars.

* US Simone Biles became the most decorated gymnast in world championship history on Sunday (Oct 13) when she won the beam and floor finals to take her career tally to 25 medals.

* Bruno Henrique scored twice as Brazilian league leaders Flamengo extended their unbeaten run to 15 games with a 2-0 win over Athletico Paranaense on Sunday.

* Nikita Nagornyy won the vault title for his third gold medal at the world gymnastics championships in Stuttgart, while team mate Artur Dalaloyan ensured a one-two Russian finish on Sunday.

* Valtteri Bottas swept to victory in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix as Mercedes clinched the Formula One constructors’ championship and guaranteed themselves an unprecedented sixth consecutive title double.

Reuters, CNA