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FIVE MORE FOR THE WORLD CUP

In a grip­ping cli­max to the Eu­ro­pean group stage, Eng­land, Scot­land, Nor­way, Swe­den and Ger­many all clinched their places at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, while Euro 2017 fi­nal­ists Hol­land and Den­mark were pitched into a play­off series from which only one team will reach France. The pair will play over two legs for the right to meet Bel­gium or Switzer­land in the Novem­ber Fi­nal.

Eng­land won 3-0 in New­port to end the dreams of a Welsh team that did not con­cede un­til the last 33 min­utes of a 12-hour qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign.

Nor­way, still with­out star player Ada Hegerberg, who is in self-im­posed ex­ile, beat Hol­land 2-1 in Oslo.

Swe­den, need­ing a draw, won 1-0 in Den­mark, while Ger­many won 2-0 in Reyk­javik to edge past Ice­land but they must wait a lit­tle longer for new coach Martina VossTeck­len­berg. She is cur­rently at the helm of Switzer­land who lost in Scot­land then drew in Poland to al­low the for­mer to qual­ify for the first time.

For­mer Den­mark boss Nils Nielsen will re­place her as Switzer­land coach.

SCHELIN RE­TIRES

Swe­den’s record goalscorer Lotta Schelin has re­tired due to in­jury.

Schelin, 34, scored 88 goals in 185 in­ter­na­tion­als, win­ning Olympic sil­ver in 2016 and the Euro 2013 Golden Boot.

At club level, she won three Cham­pi­ons League ti­tles with Lyon.

HUGE WINS FOR NEW CLUBS

The 12-0 win Manch­ester United achieved against As­ton Villa in their first league match was soon eclipsed by an­other new club as Ben­fica thrashed Ponte de Frielas 28-0 in Por­tu­gal.

Both clubs are in the sec­ond tier, but in­stant pro­mo­tions seem as­sured.

In the English top flight, Liver­pool be­gan with a 5-0 de­feat at Arse­nal, af­ter which man­ager Neil Red­fearn quit.

KVINNER WIN AGAIN

LSK Kvinner, from Lille­strom, won their fifth suc­ces­sive Nor­we­gian ti­tle, wrap­ping up the Toppse­rien with five matches to spare.

DIS­PUTE OVER IN ITALY? MAYBE

The im­passe in Italy ap­peared to be re­solved when CONI, the coun­try’s high­est sports reg­u­la­tor, ruled that the na­tional fed­er­a­tion (FIGC) did have the right to take over the run­ning of the top two di­vi­sions of women’s foot­ball from the am­a­teur fed­er­a­tion (LND).

Seek­ing to pro­fes­sion­alise the sport, the lead­ing clubs, had backed FIGC. How­ever, LND ar­gued that there was a con­flict of in­ter­est among the ad­ju­di­ca­tors and threat­ened fur­ther ac­tion.

de­but...Scot­land (in blue) are off to the fi­nals vic­to­ri­ous...north Carolina Courage

dream start... manch­ester united

re­tired... lotta Schelin

im­passe... italy’s Ju­ven­tus

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