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GENEVA (AP) — England surged into the UEFA Nations League finals tournament on Sunday, and Belgium threw away its place in a stunning 5-2 loss at Switzerland. On a day of come-from-behind wins and twisting fortunes for the World Cup’s beaten semifinalists, England edged Croatia 2-1 to avenge defeat when the teams met in Russia …

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LUCERNE, Switzerland (AP) — Top-ranked Belgium fell to a stunning 5-2 loss against Switzerland on Sunday, with Haris Seferovic’s hat trick lifting his team into the UEFA Nations League finals. Belgium led 2-0 after 17 minutes thanks to Thorgan Hazard’s two goals and was cruising toward the inaugural Final Four to be hosted by Portugal …

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LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane’s goalless streak was only five minutes from extending to eight games when the captain finally found the net again for England. As Ben Chilwell floated a free kick into the penalty area, Kane slid in, stretched out his right foot and nudged the ball into the Croatia net. It came …

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LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane and England advanced to the final four of the inaugural UEFA Nations League by avenging their World Cup semifinal loss to Croatia. The England captain ended a seven-game goal drought to complete a comeback at Wembley, sealing a 2-1 victory Sunday in the final group game in European soccer’s newest …

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MILAN (AP) — No Cristiano Ronaldo, no problem. Portugal drew with Italy 0-0 on Saturday to pick up the point it needed to qualify for the UEFA Nations League finals and confirm it as host of the first Final Four in June. Ronaldo is taking a break from the national team and wasn’t present at …

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says midfielder Ivan Rakitic injured his right hamstring while playing for Croatia in the UEFA Nations League. The club says on Saturday that Rakitic was back in Barcelona and would not play Croatia’s match against England on Sunday at Wembley Stadium. It did not say how long he will be …

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LONDON (AP) — Neymar scored the only goal from the penalty spot as Brazil beat Uruguay 1-0 in a friendly on Friday. The forward calmly placed his 76th-minute spot kick to the right side as Uruguay goalkeeper Martin Campana dived the wrong way. The penalty was awarded after defender Danilo was adjudged to have been …

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ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum scored just before halftime and Memphis Depay converted an audacious extra-time penalty as the Netherlands team that did not qualify for the World Cup beat world champion France 2-0 on Friday in the UEFA Nations League. The margin of victory flattered Didier Deschamps’ injury-hit team, with goalkeeper Hugo …

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MILAN (AP) — A year after its stunning elimination by Sweden in a World Cup playoff, Italy is back at the San Siro stadium for another potentially decisive match. The Azzurri have to beat Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal on Saturday and then hope the European champion does not defeat Poland three days later in order to …

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SAO PAULO (AP) — The man who designed Brazil’s soccer uniform has died at age 83. The family of Brazilian journalist Aldyr Schlee announced his death on Thursday after a six-year battle against skin cancer. A moment of silence was held for Schlee before the Brazil -Uruguay friendly in London on Friday, shortly after his …

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