Nine-star Bel­gium book Euro place

Nether­lands, Croa­tia, Poland, Regis­ter Wins

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Paris: Bel­gium be­came the first team to qual­ify for the 2020 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship fi­nals as Romelu Lukaku scored twice in a 9-0 thrash­ing of San Marino in Brus­sels on Thurs­day, while the Nether­lands needed a late come­back to beat North­ern Ire­land. The world-num­ber-one ranked side booked their spot at next year’s tour­na­ment, which will be played at 12 venues across Europe, af­ter seven straight qual­i­fy­ing wins. Rus­sia ap­pear set to take the sec­ond au­to­matic slot from the group, af­ter a 4-0 win over Scot­land moved them eight points ahead of Cyprus.

The Group I lead­ers opened up an unas­sail­able 11-point lead over third-placed Cyprus with three games re­main­ing. Rus­sia ap­pear set to take the sec­ond au­to­matic slot from the group, af­ter a 4-0 win over Scot­land moved them eight points ahead of Cyprus.

Mem­phis De­pay’s late brace res­cued the Nether­lands a 3-1 win over North­ern Ire­land which sent Ron­ald Koe­man’s men top of Group C. Croa­tia took con­trol of Group E by beat­ing Hun­gary 3-0 in Split, while

TAL­IS­MAN:

Slo­vakia jumped into sec­ond de­spite be­ing held to a 1-1 home draw by Wales. Else­where, Robert Le­wandowski net­ted a hat­trick, tak­ing his tally this sea­son to 18 goals for club and coun­try, as Poland won 3-0 at Latvia to strengthen their po­si­tion at the top of Group G.

They sit three points clear of clos­est chal­lengers Aus­tria, who saw off Is­rael 3-1.

Jamie Vardy’s wife re­ceives death threats:

Re­bekah Vardy says she has re­ceived death threats even aimed at her un­born child since Wayne Rooney’s wife Coleen ac­cused her of leak­ing sto­ries. Seven-months preg­nant Vardy, a re­al­ity TV star mar­ried to former Eng­land striker Jamie Vardy, told Fri­day’s Daily Mail she has re­ceived abuse via so­cial media since Rooney went pub­lic with her ac­cu­sa­tions on Wed­nes­day.

Rooney, 33, said she had a sus­pi­cion of who might be the source of the leaks and blocked ev­ery­one apart from an In­sta­gram page be­long­ing to Vardy from see­ing her sto­ries.

The wife of Eng­land’s record goalscorer told her 1.3 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers she had worked out Vardy was the cul­prit af­ter she had posted a se­ries of false sto­ries, some of which made it into The Sun.

FIFA bans former Afghan official in abuse case:

The former gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Afghanista­n Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (AFF) has been banned for five years and fined af­ter FIFA’s ethics com­mit­tee found him guilty of vi­o­la­tions re­lat­ing to the abuse of fe­male play­ers.

The world soc­cer body said in a state­ment that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Sayed Ag­haz­ada con­cerned com­plaints lodged by sev­eral fe­male Afghan foot­ball play­ers against former AFF pres­i­dent Ker­a­muudin Karim. Karim was banned for life in June. The fe­male play­ers’ com­plaints re­lated to sex­ual abuse be­tween 2013 and 2018, at a time when Ag­haz­ada was the AFF’s gen­eral sec­re­tary.

Liver­pool teen El­liott banned over Kane video:

Teenage Liver­pool winger Har­vey El­liott has been banned for 14 days from do­mes­tic club foot­ball af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a so­cial media video in which he ap­peared to mock Harry Kane. The 16-year-old ad­mit­ted breach­ing Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion rules and must also com­plete a face-to-face ed­u­ca­tion course and pay a 350 pound fine.

“Har­vey El­liott has been sus­pended from playing in all do­mes­tic club foot­ball for a pe­riod of 14 days, run­ning up to and in­clud­ing 24 Oc­to­ber 2019, af­ter ad­mit­ting a breach of FA Rule E3 in re­la­tion to a video posted on so­cial media and pro­vid­ing a pub­lic apol­ogy,” the FA said in a state­ment. It added that the in­ci­dent con­sti­tuted an “ag­gra­vated breach” of FA rules.

The Snapchat video, taken dur­ing the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal be­tween Liver­pool and Tot­ten­ham in June, ap­peared to show El­liott per­form­ing an of­fen­sive im­per­son­ation of the Eng­land cap­tain.

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