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LONDON (AP) — Big and slick wins for France and England. Not even a goal for Portugal. Even with Cristiano Ronaldo returning to the Portugal side for the first time since last year’s World Cup, the European champions could only begin their title defense with a 0-0 home draw against Ukraine. The goals were flowing …

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MADRID (AP) — Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel offered his resignation after the 3-1 friendly win against Argentina on Friday, saying the team was used politically during its trip to Spain. He told a news conference he will still be at the helm when the team faces a Catalunya side in a friendly on Monday in …

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CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — World Cup winner France started its European Championship qualifying campaign with a 4-1 victory over Moldova on Friday. Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane and Olivier Giroud scored inside 13 first-half minutes and Kylian Mbappe added the fourth goal late in the second half of the Group H encounter. Vladimir Ambros netted a …

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MADRID (AP) — Captain Lionel Messi made his Argentina return on Friday but couldn’t stop his team losing 3-1 to Venezuela in a friendly. Salomon Rondon, John Murillo and Josef Martinez scored for Venezuela at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, while Lautaro Martinez replied for Argentina. Messi hadn’t played an international since the 4-3 loss to …

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LONDON (AP) — Raheem Sterling scored his first England hat trick in a 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic at the start of 2020 European Championship qualifying on Friday. Harry Kane also netted a penalty and Tomas Kalas compounded the visitors’ miserable night by scoring an own goal at Wembley Stadium as England made an …

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LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo’s return wasn’t enough to give title-holder Portugal more than a 0-0 home draw against Ukraine in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship on Friday. In his first international since the 2018 World Cup, Ronaldo threatened in attack but failed to break through Ukraine’s solid defense at the Stadium of …

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LONDON (AP) — Raheem Sterling revealed a t-shirt memorializing a young footballer after scoring his second goal in a hat trick for England against the Czech Republic on Friday. Damary Dawkins, a Crystal Palace youth team player who had been fighting acute lymphoblastic leukaemia for four years, died on Sunday aged 13. Sterling’s t-shirt under …

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NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says it has charged Neymar for comments made about match officials after Paris Saint-Germain lost to Manchester United in the Champions League. The PSG foward used Instagram to aim an expletive and insults at video review officials who intervened before Man United was awarded a stoppage-time penalty for a handball …

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Colombia beat Japan 1-0 in Yokohama and South Korea beat Bolivia 1-0 in Ulsan in friendlies on Friday. Radamel Falcao converted a second-half penalty after a handball by Takehiro Tomiyasu, to give Carlos Queiroz a win in his first match as Colombia coach. Colombia earned a measure of revenge for …

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ROME (AP) — Playing a Serie A match in China will be among the proposals discussed when a delegation linked to the visit of President Xi Jinping meets with the Italian football federation on Sunday. The ANSA news agency says the meeting with China Media Group chief Shen Haixiong will also focus on TV content, …

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