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Football: Joyous Scots sink Serbia to reach Euro 2020

Friday, 2020-11-13 09:53:14
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Scotland players celebrate after winning the match. (Reuters)
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Scotland qualified for their first European Championship finals since 1996 after a 5-4 penalty shootout playoff win in Serbia with the match ending 1-1 after extra time in the Balkan nation's capital on Thursday.

* Hungary qualified for the Euro 2020 finals with a thrilling 2-1 comeback win over Iceland in their playoff game thanks to a late equaliser from Loic Nego and a stoppage-time winner by Dominik Szoboszlai on Thursday.

* Michal Duris struck an extra-time winner as Slovakia profited from the few chances they had to stun Northern Ireland and 1,060 raucous home fans with a 2-1 victory in their Euro 2020 qualification playoff at Windsor Park on Thursday (Nov 12).

* Argentina conceded a first half penalty but recovered to secure a 1-1 draw against Paraguay in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Buenos Aires on Thursday.

* Defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas was placed in the same round-robin group as Rafa Nadal when the draw for the ATP Finals was made in London on Thursday (Nov 12). The Greek will also face Austria's US Open champion Dominic Thiem, who he beat in last year's final, and Russian debutant Andrey Rublev in the London group.

* Athletes arriving in Tokyo for next year's Olympic Games, postponed from 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be exempt from the 14-day isolation period Japan has imposed on anyone arriving from overseas to help stop the virus spreading, Olympic organisers said on Thursday (Nov 12).

* Greg Clarke stepped down from the FIFA Council on Thursday, two days after resigning as English Football Association chairman having referred to “coloured footballers” during questions from members of parliament.

* Manchester United said late on Thursday its first-quarter revenue fell nearly 20 per cent, as it continued to lose out on ticket sales from fans unable to attend matches due to the coronavirus crisis.

* Formula One has renewed until 2025 its contract to hold races at the Interlagos track in Sao Paulo, city mayor Bruno Covas said on Thursday (Nov 12).

* The interim head of Bolivia’s soccer federation (FBF) was detained by police over allegations of corruption during Thursday's World Cup qualifying match with Ecuador, an associate said. Plainclothes police surprised Marco Rodriguez while he was sitting in the stands with players not involved in the game at the Hernando Siles stadium in La Paz.

* Striker Marcus Rashford defender Conor Coady will miss England's Nations League games against Belgium and Iceland, the Football Association said on Thursday. Rashford missed Thursday's 3-0 friendly victory over Ireland because of an injury sustained last weekend for Manchester United and will not return to the squad.

Reuters, CNA