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Spain draw with Sweden to qualify for Euro 2020

Wednesday, 2019-10-16 08:43:39
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Spain's Rodrigo celebrates after scoring. (TT News Agency/Jessica Gow/via REUTERS)
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Spain became the sixth team to qualify for Euro 2020 thanks to Rodrigo Moreno, who came off the bench to score a dramatic injury-time leveller in a 1-1 draw against Sweden in Stockholm on Tuesday, sparking wild celebrations on the touchline.

* Switzerland revived their hopes of qualifying directly for Euro 2020 and denied Ireland the chance to book their place early with a nervous 2-0 win in rain-soaked Geneva on Tuesday (Oct 15) which threw their group wide open.

* Italy, already qualified for Euro 2020, maintained their perfect record in Group J and clocked up a record-equalling ninth international win in a row with a 5-0 thumping of Liechtenstein on Tuesday.

* The president of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) stepped down on Tuesday after the prime minister urged him to quit following racist abuse from Bulgarian fans towards black English players during their Euro 2020 qualifier.

* Kenya's marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei was one of 11 nominees for the IAAF female athlete of the year, athletics' governing body announced on Tuesday.

* UEFA announced on Tuesday (Oct 15) that it is opening disciplinary proceedings against Turkey into "potential provocative political behaviour" by their players after making military salutes in their last two matches.

* Former world number one Andy Murray began his European Open campaign with a battling 6-4 7-6(4) victory over unseeded Belgian Kimmer Coppejans in Antwerp on Tuesday.

* Belgian giants Anderlecht were fined the maximum 5,000 euro (4,317.5 pounds) on Tuesday for allowing Vincent Kompany to coach their team without the required diploma, the Belgian football association said.

* Miami will host a Formula One Grand Prix in May 2021, subject to local government approval, after the sport announced a deal on Tuesday with the city’s Hard Rock Stadium.

Reuters, CNA