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MADRID (AP) — The hype surrounding Luis Enrique and his Spain team didn’t last very long. Disappointing performances in the UEFA Nations League have left “La Roja” under scrutiny after what had been a promising start under the new coach. Luis Enrique was hired to revamp the national team following its early World Cup elimination. …

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MILAN (AP) — AC Milan is preparing for another hearing before UEFA’s club finance panel next week. In July, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned a ban imposed on the seven-time European champions for overspending. CAS said the one-year exclusion from European competition was too harsh considering Milan’s recent takeover by U.S.-based hedge fund …

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Croatia crushed England’s World Cup hopes in July. By beating Spain in a thriller on Thursday, the Croats have given Gareth Southgate’s squad a chance to advance to the final phase of the inaugural UEFA Nations League. Tin Jedvaj scored his second goal three minutes into stoppage time to earn Croatia a 3-2 victory and …

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LONDON (AP) — Christian Pulisic played just his second match with the U.S. national team in 13 months, and the Americans failed to muster much of an attack in a 3-0 loss to England on Thursday night that marked Wayne Rooney’s farewell with the Three Lions. Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold scored in a 104-second …

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LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Leroy Sane and Niklas Suele struck their first international goals to guide Germany to a 3-0 win over Russia in a friendly on Thursday. The 2014 world champions, who surrendered their crown following a first-round exit in Russia in June, went 1-0 up thanks to an eighth-minute goal from Sane. Suele …

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LONDON (AP) — Wayne Rooney couldn’t raise his England scoring record in a 120th and final appearance for the Three Lions as a new generation of players provided the goals in an easy, 3-0 victory over the United States on Thursday. The 33-year-old Rooney was denied a perfect farewell in stoppage time by U.S. goalkeeper …

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ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Defender Tin Jedvaj scored his second goal of the game in injury time to earn Croatia a 3-2 win over Spain on Thursday, a result that left both teams and group rival England still in the running to reach the UEFA Nations League finals. Croatia’s win came two months after it …

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BRUSSELS (AP) — Michy Batshuayi proved a more than capable replacement for the injured Romelu Lukaku on Thursday when he scored twice as Belgium beat Iceland 2-0 to maintain its 100 percent record in the inaugural UEFA Nations League. After 65 minutes of pounding the Iceland defense, captain Eden Hazard found Thomas Meunier on the …

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LONDON (AP) — Christian Pulisic played his second game with the U.S. national team in 13 months, returning to the lineup for Thursday night’s exhibition against England. The 20-year-old midfielder was part of a five-man midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Weston McKennie and Wil Trapp in deep positions and Julian Green flanked by Pulisic …

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Share this: Can the United States stop England from sending off Wayne Rooney in style? Team USA will visit the Three Lions on Thursday at Wembley Stadium in an exhibition game, which also draw the curtain on Rooney’s international soccer career. The teams have met on 10 previous occasions, with England winning seven and drawing …

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